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The building and roof were originally built in 1962 along with the Space Needle for the World's Fair and is part of a large park that's very much the essence of Seattle. I used to walk past Key Arena

Lost in the mix of this announcement is the fact that Arizona will be moving to the Central. It was logical, but it also makes a potential move to Houston easier. If the Coyotes don't get an arena dea

3 minutes ago, Brian in Boston said:

The Associated Press is reporting that the NHL Board of Governors has unanimously approved granting an expansion franchise to Seattle, Washington. The team - the NHL's 32nd - will begin play with commencement of the league's 2021-2022 season.

NHL adds Seattle as league's 32nd team, play begins in 2021

I wonder if we'll find out what the team name is some time this spring

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Lost in the mix of this announcement is the fact that Arizona will be moving to the Central. It was logical, but it also makes a potential move to Houston easier. If the Coyotes don't get an arena deal done before Seattle enters, hello Houston NHL.

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1 minute ago, LMU said:

Also lost... Vegas gets the immunity idol from the SEA expansion draft.

Yeah, but none of the money. I'm sure they'd prefer the money.

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"Today is an exciting and historic day for our League as we expand to one of North America's most innovative, beautiful and fastest-growing cities. We are delighted to add David Bonderman, Tod Leiweke and the entire NHL Seattle group to the National Hockey League family. And we are thrilled that Seattle, a city with a proud hockey history that includes being home for the first American team to ever win the Stanley Cup. is finally joining the NHL." - Gary Bettman 

As an aside related to potential team branding, the NHL Seattle website does feature an awful lot of red and black, doesn't it?

NHL Seattle  

 

 

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8 minutes ago, Brian in Boston said:

"Today is an exciting and historic day for our League as we expand to one of North America's most innovative, beautiful and fastest-growing cities. We are delighted to add David Bonderman, Tod Leiweke and the entire NHL Seattle group to the National Hockey League family. And we are thrilled that Seattle, a city with a proud hockey history that includes being home for the first American team to ever win the Stanley Cup. is finally joining the NHL." - Gary Bettman 

As an aside related to potential team branding, the NHL Seattle website does feature an awful lot of red and black, doesn't it?

NHL Seattle  

 

 

Seattle REDBLACKS?

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11 minutes ago, Brian in Boston said:

"Today is an exciting and historic day for our League as we expand to one of North America's most innovative, beautiful and fastest-growing cities. We are delighted to add David Bonderman, Tod Leiweke and the entire NHL Seattle group to the National Hockey League family. And we are thrilled that Seattle, a city with a proud hockey history that includes being home for the first American team to ever win the Stanley Cup. is finally joining the NHL." - Gary Bettman 

As an aside related to potential team branding, the NHL Seattle website does feature an awful lot of red and black, doesn't it?

NHL Seattle  

 

A member of the family that used to own the Metropolitans was in attendance with a Metros scarf, and apparently most of the Seattle media think it'll be the Metropolitans also.

 

Which, if that is the case, we'll probably need to rename the Metropolitan Division again.

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4 minutes ago, Still MIGHTY said:

 

A member of the family that used to own the Metropolitans was in attendance with a Metros scarf, and apparently most of the Seattle media think it'll be the Metropolitans also.

 

Which, if that is the case, we'll probably need to rename the Metropolitan Division again.

Seattle Metropolitan Divisions?

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Seattle Metros sounds like a sweet name and, to me, is in line with "Sonic's." I hope they make it happen.

 

2021 sure is a while away. FWIW, our local transportation system will be dramatically improved by then, with three new light rail stations from the north coming online. One of those stations serves a huge park and ride accessible to suburban communities, so from a traffic standpoint, waiting a year is probably for the best.

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11 minutes ago, DG_Now said:

Seattle Metros sounds like a sweet name and, to me, is in line with "Sonic's." I hope they make it happen.

 

2021 sure is a while away. FWIW, our local transportation system will be dramatically improved by then, with three new light rail stations from the north coming online. One of those stations serves a huge park and ride accessible to suburban communities, so from a traffic standpoint, waiting a year is probably for the best.

Is there anything planned with the Link at Seattle Center or are they going to rely on the Monorail for the last mile?

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57 minutes ago, Brian in Boston said:

"Today is an exciting and historic day for our League as we expand to one of North America's most innovative, beautiful and fastest-growing cities. We are delighted to add David Bonderman, Tod Leiweke and the entire NHL Seattle group to the National Hockey League family. And we are thrilled that Seattle, a city with a proud hockey history that includes being home for the first American team to ever win the Stanley Cup. is finally joining the NHL." - Gary Bettman 

As an aside related to potential team branding, the NHL Seattle website does feature an awful lot of red and black, doesn't it?

NHL Seattle  

 

 

 

I have a feeling that those colors are just temporary, while they settle on the name and color scheme over the Winter.

 

This is a huge step for the NBA to eventually give Seattle the Supersonics again.

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20 minutes ago, LMU said:

Is there anything planned with the Link at Seattle Center or are they going to rely on the Monorail for the last mile?

 

Monorail for the last mile. There's a new Seattle Center Link station planned to open in something like 2030.

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