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Here’s what hockey could look like in Seattle

Mar 14, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

The same day the NHL made realignment official — complete with a couple of open spots in the Western Conference! — the man who hopes to bring the NBA back to to Seattle, investor Chris Hansen, released drawings of what a planned new arena in the Pacific Northwest city could look like for a hockey game.


Wrote Hansen in a blog post:

The bottom line is as good as this is for basketball, it is an even better building for hockey.

As can be seen in the pictures above, as with most NBA/NHL buildings we have designed the seats behind the backboard/goal to retract backwards and the first few rows of courtside seating can be removed to accommodate hockey’s larger playing surface and dasher board. The net result puts hockey fans even closer to the action, including our pocket suites. Given the size of the playing surface and speed of the game, we also think the Sonic Rings will prove to be one of the most unique and valued viewing experiences in the game.

While I know there may have been a few skeptics out there, I have to say I am just as pumped as most of you to see the return of professional hockey to Seattle, and honestly can’t wait to see this building bursting at the seams with crazed Seattle hockey fans.

If Hansen is successful in buying and moving the NBA’s Sacramento Kings — still a big if at this point — Seattle would become a serious NHL relocation/expansion candidate.

While Hansen isn’t interested in owning a hockey team in Seattle, others have said they are.

In a related story, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was asked about the Phoenix Coyotes today on a conference call.

Is Greg Jamison still trying to buy the team from the league?

“I think Jamison may still be in the picture, but there are others who have expressed interest,” said Bettman.

  1. canlanicesports - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    The rink looks great, they probably spent alot of money on the drawings at least they could have added blue lines. This is going to be the new NHL, NO offsides.

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM

      They also decided to go forward without benches.

      • ibieiniid - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:15 PM

        If we’re being critical, the 3D rendering software’s perspective view is also set to too low of an eye distance for the placement of the camera.

        Ok maybe I’m being a LITTLE more picky than the other two…

      • thailer35 - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:43 PM

        Or penalty boxes.

  2. jaybird22seven - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    There better be another Canadian team before Seatle. When will Bettman learn ?

    • kaptaanamerica - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      I hope they Announce the Seattle team and then Wait a few years until the second Toronto team and Quebec city team Have arenas to announce expansion.that way all the fool Canadians who like complaining about Gary lose their belongs to no one despite what Canadians might think.

      • gregman98 - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:50 PM

        Despite what the Americans think, baseball belongs to no one. And I’m pumping my chest across this whole nation: from Dallas to Wort Worth!

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 14, 2013 at 10:27 PM

        Nope, hockey is Canada’s game.

  3. kgun80 - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Quebec and Seattle. There are a few teams that can be moved. Seattle is actually a very good sports city. They sell out soccer games! And Quebec is easy you drop pro hockey in a parking lot in Canada… They’ll sell out. It’s actually an easy decision .. So Bettman will screw it up.

  4. innout10 - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    No benches or penalty boxes for the rink eh…?

  5. operwapitsai - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    2 more teams! 2 more teams! 2 more teams!

  6. innout10 - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    The blue lines turned red too … Kinda makes their rink look like a joke

  7. steelers88 - Mar 14, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    See look it already hasn’t worked no one is there.

  8. mclovinhockey - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    Great work Seattle, can’t wait to see Seattle go with put the trapezoid, have the old creases, no benches and no blue lines.

    What a joke

  9. iamcline - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Would be nice to see Seattle get a hockey team. Great sports town.

  10. tdrusher225 - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Please make this happen!

  11. upyoursnfu - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Looks like a lot of empty seats

  12. letsgopens8771 - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Looks like Seahawks Colors.

    • thailer35 - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      Or SuperSonics colors, which is more likely what they were going for.

  13. mclovinhockey - Mar 14, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Oh and this goes out to misterchainbluelighting or whatever his name was for pretty much calling me a moron for talking about expansion… I win.

  14. 28giroux28 - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Did I read it wrong or did he suggest the team name “Sonic Rings”.

    • handsofsweed - Mar 14, 2013 at 8:55 PM

      Right? I was hoping it was going to be a delicious, delicious onion ring giveaway promotion or something. Colossally stupid name for a hockey team, or any sports team. But as a food item? Now you have some possibilities.

    • thailer35 - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      The Sonic Rings are a set of upper end standing room only balconies.

  15. hockeydon10 - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    And what would they be called?

    If the Coyotes move, I’d vote to change from the Desert Dogs nickname to Sea Dogs all day long.

  16. ynothockey - Mar 14, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    They have already had jerseys made up a year ago and team will be called the Seattle Metros. Or so I’ve read.

  17. jonkchar - Mar 15, 2013 at 7:47 AM

    you people don’t know that green and red are the Seattle Metropolitans colors? the first American team to win the Stanley Cup? smh

  18. ynothockey - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Would like to see the NHL add two teams to the West now that the realignment is happening next year. By adding a team in Seattle and another in Canada it would even the East and West with 16 teams each. Hope they leave the Coyotes in Phoenix so I can continue supporting them and NHL hockey.

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