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NHL Seattle Considering Nickname, Logo Amid Virus Outbreak

Mar 21, 2020 1:35 AM

Seattle's NHL expansion franchise has not ruled out unveiling its highly anticipated name and logo while many of its fans are social distancing and self-quarantined due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The team told ESPN that it is still going through the name and logo trademarking process with the NHL, ensuring that it won't have the same obstacles the Vegas expansion team did in trying to secure exclusivity on "Golden Knights." There was no date determined to reveal the name, logo and colors for the team before the global outbreak, nor was there a public event scheduled for the reveal.

"In theory, coronavirus will not delay our name and will not affect it, but we're in unprecedented times. So I can't say that as soon as the legal process is wrapped up that we'll go with the name," said Katie Townsend, vice president of corporate communications at NHL Seattle. "We're working as hard as we can. We know how badly our fans want it."

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Seattle's New NHL Franchise Releases Ticket Prices

Oct 17, 2019 2:27 AM

Seattle's expansion NHL franchise has released initial pricing for club seats, with details on general ticket prices coming in 2020.

The team said club seats will each cost between $285 and $355 based on a 44-game season ticket package. The club seats will be on three-, five- or seven-year terms.

The team will have 2,600 club seats in its new arena. Fans who left deposits will begin selecting seats soon.

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Seattle Franchise Gets AHL Team In Palm Springs

Oct 1, 2019 1:14 PM

Professional hockey is coming to the Southern California desert.

The minor league American Hockey League has awarded an expansion franchise to NHL Seattle that will play at a new arena on the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation in downtown Palm Springs.

The $250 million project announced Monday will break ground in early 2020 and will open in fall 2021.

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New Seattle Arena On Track To Open Summer 2021

Sep 17, 2019 3:38 PM

SEATTLE -- The arena for Seattle's NHL expansion franchise remains on track to open sometime in the summer of 2021.

Construction officials said Monday that the entire bowl of the former KeyArena has been demolished and excavation work is ongoing. Officials hope to begin digging down 15 feet from the current floor by year's end and to spend most of 2020 constructing the new seating bowl from the bottom up.

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Seattle Adds Ricky Olczyk As Assistant GM

Sep 4, 2019 11:28 AM

The expansion NHL franchise in Seattle has made its third front-office hire by adding Ricky Olczyk as the club's assistant general manager.

General manager Ron Francis announced the addition Tuesday. Olczyk joins Seattle after spending last season as a pro scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Ron Francis Welcomes 'Great Chance' In Seattle

Jul 19, 2019 8:00 PM

Ron Francis has all kinds of eye-popping statistics attached to his Hall of Fame career. He averaged more than point a game, is second in NHL history in assists behind Wayne Gretzky and is fifth in career points.

When CEO Tod Leiweke and the ownership group of the Seattle NHL expansion team looked at his playing résumé, though, they were most impressed by another statistic: Francis was voted captain by three teams for 14 of his 23 years, first earning the role at age 21.

That leadership ability spurred them to hire Francis on Thursday as general manager of the yet-to-be-named team -- well ahead of their schedule.

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Source: Ron Francis To Be Named Seattle GM

Jul 17, 2019 12:53 AM

Seattle's new NHL franchise has its first general manager.

Hall of Famer Ron Francis will be named the expansion team's GM, a source told ESPN's Emily Kaplan, confirming a Seattle Times report.

Francis will receive a multiyear contract from the team, which is expected to make the hire official later this week, the source said.

The expansion Seattle franchise is set to begin play in the 2021-22 season as the NHL's 32nd team.

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Seattle NHL Franchise To Have AHL Affiliate In Palm Springs

Jun 27, 2019 1:15 AM

Seattle's new NHL franchise intends to have its American Hockey League affiliate in Palm Springs as part of a new arena proposed for the city.

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and Oak View Group announced plans Wednesday to build a privately funded arena on tribal land in downtown Palm Springs with the intent of serving as the home ice for Seattle's affiliate.

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Bettman: Seattle To Host NHL Draft, An All-Star Game

Jan 10, 2019 2:36 AM

On his first trip to Seattle since the city was granted the NHL's 32nd franchise, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced a couple more rewards for the future franchise's investment.

Bettman said the league has promised Seattle it will host All-Star weekend within its first seven seasons, with the team slated to begin play in 2021-22. Bettman also says Seattle will host the NHL draft, and that event will likely be awarded before the All-Star Game arrives.

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Seattle Begins Work On New Arena

Dec 6, 2018 2:55 AM

Wednesday's celebration outside the building that Seattle's new NHL team will eventually call home came with all the formality of a groundbreaking event, complete with the principals taking turns giving remarks and ceremonially shoveling dirt.

It also came with a new price tag even higher than what was stated a day earlier when Seattle was awarded the NHL's 32nd franchise.

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Seattle Gets NHL Expansion Team
The Seattle franchise will enter the NHL for the 20121-22 season as a member of the Pacific Division.

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NHL To Deal With Uncertain Situations At Winter Meetings
The Seattle expansion and the realignment that comes with it will be announced Tuesday.

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Seattle Ownership Group Unveils Plan For Training Facility
The Seattle NHL group is planning a $70M training facility in the northern part of the city.

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NHL Moving Forward With Seattle's Expansion Plan
The NHL board of governors 'executive committee has recommended proceeding with Seattle's expansion application.

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Seattle City Council Approves Renovation Of Key Arena
The Seattle Hockey Partners will present before the NHL Board of Governor's executive committee next week.

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NHL Won't Vote On Seattle Expansion Until December At The Earliest
The Seattle Hockey Partners are looking to bring the NHL to the pacific Northwest.

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Seattle Group Hires Dave Tippett As Senior Adviser
Dave Tippett has coached over 1,000 NHL games with the Stars and Coyotes.

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NHL Expansion Draft Rules Unlikely To Change
Commissioner Gary Bettman has gotten "no pushback whatsoever" from NHL owners if the league should give a prospective Seattle franchise the same rules that the Golden Knights received.

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Tod Leiweke Will Be CEO, President Of Seattle Hockey
Seattle Hockey is the group that has been authorized to redevelop KeyArena and bring an NHL team to the city of Seattle.

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Seattle Officially Applies For NHL Franchise
The goal is for Seattle to enter the NHL for the 2020-21 season.

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Senators Owner Says Team 'Could Look Good Somewhere Else'
Cities like Seattle, Houston, and Quebec City are all seeking to land an NHL franchise.

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NHL Invites Seattle To Apply For Expansion Team
The NHL's price for Seattle's expansion bid is $650 million.

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Seattle's Chance For NHL Team Improves
The Seattle City Council has approved a memo of understanding for the $660M, privately financed redevelopment of KeyArena.

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Fleury, Neal, Methot Give Vegas Golden Knights Solid Start
The Vegas Golden Knights have unveiled what their roster may look like in 2017-2018.

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GM McPhee: Vegas Making Moves Before Expansion Draft
George McPhee says the Golden Knights have made "at least" a half a dozen transactions before the upcoming Expansion Draft.

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Fleury, Neal, Vatanen Among Players Made Available To Vegas
Golden Knights GM George McPhee will select one player from each of the NHL's 30 teams.

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Coyotes Acquire Nick Cousins From Flyers For 2018 Pick
The Flyers receive a 2018 fifth-round draft pick and the rights to prospect Brendan Warren, and also sending Merrick Madsen to the Coyotes.

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Lightning Trade Jonathan Drouin To Habs For Mikhail Sergachev
The Lightning and the Canadiens announced the deal about 48 hours before the NHL's trade freeze prior to the expansion draft.

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Senators Ask Dion Phaneuf To Waive No-Movement Clause
The Senators will no doubt protect Erik Karlsson in the June 21 expansion draft.

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Marc-Andre Fleury Waives No-Movement Clause
The Penguins can now protect goalie Matt Murray for the upcoming NHL expansion draft.

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