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NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly believes possibility for expansion to Seattle ‘is there’

Feb 13, 2014, 11:59 PM EDT

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The National Hockey League is on a break because of the Olympics, but the topic of possible expansion to Seattle is once again back in the fold.

The league has discussed Seattle as a possible market in the past, which coincides with the city’s efforts to construct a brand new arena in the SoDo District. The NHL has been keeping its eye on the arena situation in the Emerald City, according to reports last summer.

“When that happens, I think Seattle will certainly be an intriguing marketplace from the league’s perspective,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly recently told the Seattle Times.

“I think we have a belief in the Pacific Northwest. It being good hockey territory. I think, obviously, the Canucks have done a fantastic job — in Vancouver, but also throughout British Columbia and the Pacific region — at driving interest in the sport.

“So, we think the possibility is there. It’s kind of more obvious than some of the other areas. It doesn’t mean we’ve done our due diligence. We’d need to satisfy ourselves on the marketplace, but just the objective factors around the marketplace suggest Seattle would be a good hockey market.”

  1. skr213 - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    “This hasn’t been discussed in a while” … except by everyone on PHT. :-)

  2. blomfeld - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:25 AM


    A great piece by Tucker no doubt, however the fact is that this is already underway in ‘no’ uncertain terms ! In fact, anyone who thinks that the NHL isn’t coming shortly to Seattle and Portland is an ‘idiot’ and such person should probably seek help from a mental health professional right now !

    • kaptaanamerica - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      I’d like to see Seattle and Portland get teams myself, if anything I’d say Seattle is a lock, but Portland? Might be father down the road…

      Fans in B.C. go down to Phoenix to watch the Canucks, no doubt they’ll fill the arena in Seattle or Portland if they get teams on the weekends. Can’t see people making it or there in time for a weekday game.

  3. 13datsyuk13 - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    I feel like there are only 5 of us in seattle who appreciate hockey. When I explain why I got up at 4:30 for an Olympic game (great game USA) I am met with “why?”! If you want hockey in seattle then build a great youth program. Build with the kids and in 10-15 years put a team here. Just shoving it down Seattle’s throat won’t work.

    • thailer35 - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      There have to be more than five of you. The Thunderbirds do alright don’t they?

  4. irishmanknowsall - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    The Seattle Slip-ups? Suckers? Snoozers? Sandwiches? Snort Hogs? Phoenix Coyotes need a home and an owner, with deep pockets.

  5. rushledger - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    The Phoenix coyotes do have an owner with deep pockets and a home in Glendale, get that through your head.

  6. eugenesaxe1 - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:34 AM

    Give them their basketball team back first, then worry about hockey.

  7. w3bstur - Feb 14, 2014 at 5:18 AM

    Took the words right outta my mouth, rushledger. I only clicked on this article to see how many comments there were in response to this article and how many of them were about the Phoenix Coyotes “needing” to being moved to Seattle. Fewer than I thought, of course but I’m sure they’ll come. LET’S GO ‘YOTES!

  8. jcmeyer10 - Feb 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Frankly, it’s a no brainer. The question is, where does a team come from?

  9. Seattle Puck Fans - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    The NHL is coming to Seattle and it will be an expansion team not a relocation of a troubled franchise. I expect the announcement to be made in July, but someone told me in December that announcement could be as soon as the Olympics. Interesting that this article also talks about a post-Olympic announcement.

    Seattle has 241,000+ (~5% of the population) avid “Hockey Fans” and you can read more about it here At the end of the article is a poll to help define “What kind of hockey fan are you”? While it is a small sample size, fully 77% of respondents want to buy seasons tickets or attend games when their favorite team is in town.

    Yes the NHL is coming to Seattle and it’s time to build our hockey community and help make that happen.

  10. darksidecowboy - Feb 14, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Bring back the old baseball name and call them the Seattle Pilots. They had awesome unis and tradition in the city. If not go to the Metropolitans or Metros for the history. Although having a division named Metropolitans might take away the charm.

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