Seattle has officially applied to be the NHL's 32nd team.

The paperwork -- plus a $10 million down payment -- arrived Tuesday, nearly two months after commissioner Gary Bettman authorized an ownership group, the Oak View Group, to conduct a season-ticket drive in Seattle and invited the city to apply for expansion. The league set the expansion fee at $650 million, a steep increase from the $500 million the Vegas Golden Knights paid to enter the league this season.

The goal is for the new franchise to enter the NHL for the 2020-21 season.