Seattle closer to NHL team as league will accept expansion application Seattle closer to NHL team as league will accept expansion application
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, right, shakes hands with Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke after they signed an agreement to renovate KeyArena. On Thursday,... Seattle closer to NHL team as league will accept expansion application

Seattle closer to NHL team as league will accept expansion application

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, right, shakes hands with Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke after they signed an agreement to renovate KeyArena. On Thursday, the NHL agreed to accept an expansion application from the city. (Elaine Thompson/The Associated Press)

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the league’s board of governors has agreed to consider an expansion application from Seattle.

Bettman said Thursday the expansion fee has been set at $650 million US for Seattle, which would become the league’s 32nd team.

“We’ve agreed as a league to take and consider an expansion application, and to let them run in the next few months, a season-ticket drive,” Bettman told reporters. “This is a process that we go through.

Seattle plans to have a new arena ready by 2020 with the intent of luring an NHL and an NBA team as anchor tenants.

Bettman said Seattle is the only city being considered for expansion at the moment, which means an NHL team won’t be playing in Quebec City’s 18,259-seat Videotron Centre in the foreseeable future.

“Obviously there a lot of differences between Seattle and Quebec City, not the least of which is our conference alignment,” said Bettman. “Our plan is just to look at Seattle at this point.”

Also at Thursday’s board of governors meeting, Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon signed an agreement to purchase a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes from Peter Karmanos Jr.

The NHL still has to approve the sale.

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