MANALAPAN, Fla. – A Seattle-based owner group was authorized to submit an application for an NHL expansion team, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday.
The cost of the equipment would be $ 650 million, and Commissioner Bettman said the NHL is only looking at Seattle for possible expansion.
The group includes Jerry Bruckheimer, a Hollywood producer, and David Bonderman, a private equity CEO. Seattle would become the 32nd team in the NHL.
"That does not mean we have granted an expansion team," said Commissioner Bettman after the Board of Governors meeting. "We have agreed as a league to take and consider an expansion application and allow them to run a season ticket campaign in the coming months."
The City of Seattle approved on Monday a $ 600 million renovation financed with private funds for KeyArena. The arena, which opened in 1962, was home to the Seattle SuperSonics of 1967-78 and 1985-2008 before they relocated to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season.
The preliminary ticket could be similar to the NBA. one led by Vegas Golden Knights before they were awarded an expansion team that began playing this season. The Vegas expansion rate was $ 500 million.
Although Seattle has never had an NHL team, the Seattle Metropolitans, who played in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association from 1915-24, won the Stanley Cup in 1917, defeating the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in a series at the best of 5.