Straight from NHL Seattle:
Today, the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors voted to approve Seattle as the 32nd NHL Franchise for the 2021-22 season. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the decision by the League’s Board of Governors, which voted unanimously in favor of Seattle’s expansion application.
2021 season, as opposed to the initial plan of 2020. I’m ok with this. It allows time for the arena to be built without it being rushed. October 2020 was a tight deadline, all things considered. It also allows the Seattle Storm to move into the building in 2021 ahead of the NHL franchise, as a test run of sorts. Lastly, it allows for the NHL franchise to get it’s Ice Centre ready close to the same time in Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood, where the team’s offices and practice facility will be located.
The only question left now is: What will we call them? I’m excited! I can’t wait for this!
Congratulations, @NHLSeattle_! 👏🏼— NHL (@NHL) December 4, 2018
The NHL's 32nd franchise will begin play in the 2021-22 season!!! pic.twitter.com/bekbMiwZos