Seattle has been unanimously approved by the NHL’s Board of Governors in Sea Island, Georgia, to start the 2021-22 season as the league’s 32nd team.
The expansion fee cost of the franchise is $650 million, $150 million more than the Vegas Golden Knights paid to join the NHL last season.
“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,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.
While the name of the team is not known, a lawyer representing Oak View Group, the expansion applicant, registered 38 different domains. Some of those names include:
Seattle will slot into the Pacific Division and the Coyotes will move into the Central. Although having Arizona away from Vegas and the California teams isn’t ideal, the solution causes the least amount of hardship. Each conference will have 16 teams and each division will have eight teams.