Sports writer, Eric Parks
For years, rumors have circulated about the NHL coming to Seattle. After recent events, the possibility that the league will grant Seattle an expansion team has greatly increased.
Oak View Group (OVG), announced last year that it had plans for a $600 million renovation of the KeyArena. OVG has stated that the arena will be ready to house professional hockey for the 2020 NHL season, should the league accept the city’s expansion application. Seattle submitted the application to the NHL after a season ticket drive that took place earlier this year. 33,000Thirty three thousand prospective season ticket holders made deposits before the drive ended, and 10,000 deposits were made within the first twelv12e minutes, which indicated an undeniable and surprising level of interest for the NHL in Seattle. The success outpaced the Las Vegas bid in 2016, which had a goal of 10,000 deposits and achieved the goal in a little over a month. Las Vegas was awarded an NHL franchise shortly after their season ticket drive.
NHL Seattle announced that Tod Leiweke will be the team’s president. Leiweke, was formerly the CEO of the Sounders and the Seahawks, and is the brother of Tim Leiweke, part owner of Oak View Group. Fans in the area have brainstormed ideas for the name of the team, which include the Renegades, Emeralds, Totems, and Kraken. With fans, an ownership group, an arena and several prospective viable names, the last thing Seattle is missing is a team, which is expected to change in the next few years.