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Report: L.A.-based real estate tycoon wants to bring NHL to Seattle

May 15, 2014, 11:37 PM EDT

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The continuing dalliances between the NHL and the City of Seattle have continued this week and now there’s a name to go with the faces seen in Washington recently.

Chris Daniels of KING 5 News reports Los Angeles-based real estate tycoon Victor Coleman was part of the NHL group that met with Seattle officials on May 6. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly visited Seattle last week and Coleman was part of that contingency.

As Jason theorized in this piece, the group may have been there to see if a new arena could be built with the NHL wanting to go there. Turns out that may have been the case and Mayor Ed Murray and City Council President Tim Burgess aren’t interested.

Perhaps Coleman is the guy to help bring money forward to make it work.

According to Daniels, Coleman has an array of holdings to his name including 26 properties, two movie studios, plus four buildings in Seattle and another in a neighboring city. If he’s got the cash to go with the property, there might be something to build on, but it’s up to the Seattle city leaders to be open to making it work.

  1. pantherpro - May 15, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    I hate the Seahwarks and now I can hate the Seals. Metropolitans, Whalers, Dreary Northwesterners, etc, Cant wait to work you.

    Shark Fan

    • dannymac17 - May 16, 2014 at 12:44 AM

      just like you worked the Kings huh

    • 1981titan - May 16, 2014 at 2:16 AM

      I bet you can’t wait for the Semifinals Game 7 between two California teams. Oh, wait, that’s right, San Jose isn’t one of them. did the Heimlich maneuver work or has the franchise died?

    • titansbro - May 16, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      Sounds to me like a guy welcoming a new rival.

      • cweez2 - May 16, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        because SJ can’t beat the old one

  2. isphet71 - May 15, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Seattle could be a very good hockey city some day. And the West needs 2 more teams…

    • kaptaanamerica - May 16, 2014 at 12:15 AM

      The West needs Seattle and Portland in either order. If only so that the Pacific teams get a break in travel and can watch more games in prime time…

      • jcmeyer10 - May 16, 2014 at 9:08 AM

        I think they need to do both at the same time to jump start that rivalry. I think they have a real chance to capitalize on the success of the MLS in building rivalries between the cities.

      • elvispocomo - May 16, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        Both isn’t going to happen. Seattle’s the more likely of the two, but if there’s a second expansion team it’ll be in the Central somewhere like Kansas City.

      • sw19womble - May 16, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        And if the franchise in Seattle is deemed not to work, they can always move it to Oklahoma.

        What? Too soon?

  3. mattypbillsmafia - May 15, 2014 at 11:58 PM

    I swear to god in my 11th grade marketing class we had to come up with an nhl franchise… Me and the other guy in my groups idea… The Seattle storm. Haha that was like 15 years ago, but my classmate lives there now, and probably remembers the logo, color scheme and that we crushed everyone else in our class with the fantasy hockey team draft. I know the storms the WNBA team, but dang, we had this thing planned out in 11th grade! Make it happen Seattle!!! Ps, I was in buffalo in high school

    • titansbro - May 16, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Cool, but the Storm sounds like a female team. I like the idea of bringing back the Mets.

      • avfanforlife - May 16, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        Since “Metropolitan” is a Division now, I think that would be too confusing for Mr. B to keep straight. :)
        Whatever the name ends up being, I’m sure we’ll get used to it… see: “Ducks”? Just get a team here and in Portland. Instant rivalry and even Conferences. I’ll never stop being an AV’s fan, but I’ll go to as many Seattle games as possible – especially when the AV’s come to town!

  4. clayman61 - May 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    What about Portland? We have the Winterhawks and Oregon would definitely get behind an NHL TEAM!

    • bullwinkle88 - May 16, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      Portland is a better option than Seattle.

  5. flyboystransport - May 16, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Won’t be Portland and Seattle. Would love to finally see expansion in one of the major sports

  6. imnotyourbuddyguy - May 16, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    Move Detroit back to the Central in the West, add Seattle to the Pacific in the West, add the Nordique to the Atlantic in the East.

    And some day Portland and Saskatoon are added to the West and Oklahoma and Kansas City are added to the East.

    • joey4id - May 16, 2014 at 5:36 AM

      Move Detroit back to the west……. Idiot.

      • avfanforlife - May 16, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Detroit fans would hate a move back – which is exactly why I am for it!! Heh Heh Heh. Deadwings suck. (hater’s gotta hate)

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 16, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        I wouldn’t like the Wings moving back to the West, they wouldn’t like it, but if Quebec comes back to the league, what Eastern teams goes West?




        Personality disordered freak that you are

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 16, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        True or False – If the Nords comes back they will be put in the Atlantic of the Eastern conference

        True or False – If the 1st is true, then one team must be moved from the Atlantic to the Western Conference

        If the first 2 are true, what team will the NHL move out of the Atlantic to make room for Quebec.

        I would hate to see the Wings move yet again, but you go ahead and tell me what team moves from the Atlantic if the Nords come back.

        Watch how Joey can’t answer simple questions, and he calls others idiots. He can’t even control his emotions and act like a normal human being when he’s online.

    • titansbro - May 16, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      Sounds like way too many new teams. I’m down with Seattle & Quebec though.

      • imnotyourbuddyguy - May 16, 2014 at 11:34 AM

        Of course it’s too many teams, but it won’t stop the owners

    • storminator16 - May 16, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      You people get hung up on geography way too much. Unfortunately, seems like the NHL is a well.

      East/West needs to go away in pro sports. Its making no sense in the 21st century. Oh, but “boo hoo, travel!” Yeah, too much money is being generated to worry/cry over that. Its silly.

      • georgemuresanwasmygiant - May 16, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        Don’t forget about the private jets, its so tough nowadays

  7. soundsofsuccess7 - May 16, 2014 at 3:16 AM

    Seattle would be a great spot for a hockey team. Fully support that movement.

    • bullwinkle88 - May 16, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Oh really? Then explain to me why the NHL games on NBC are blacked out there.

  8. 13datsyuk13 - May 16, 2014 at 4:05 AM

    Seattle’s city council is a joke. If we get a team here it should be nicknamed the “bike lanes”.

  9. wranglerick - May 16, 2014 at 4:52 AM

    Move an existing team up there

    • titansbro - May 16, 2014 at 8:25 AM

      Probably the best idea, like oh I don’t know, the Coyotes?

    • ralphwilsonisrich - May 16, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      The Panthers

  10. LampyB - May 16, 2014 at 7:16 AM

    Add a team in Kansas City? What is wrong with you? This would fail in every possible way.

    • feedmetherock - May 16, 2014 at 10:05 AM

      The arena was built for the NHL and the NBA, but a team was never relocated to them. They actually have a pretty good hockey foundation and you would get a good rivalry between KC, Chicago, and St. Louis.

  11. beergold - May 16, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    I like either Seattle or Portland having an NHL franchise….makes perfect sense!

  12. titansbro - May 16, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    This needs to happen. I used to live in Western Washington & Seattle is actually a great sports market. Plus they already like hockey up there. Bring back the Metropolitans!!

    • bullwinkle88 - May 16, 2014 at 1:53 PM

      Oh really? Then explain to me why the NHL games on NBC are blacked out there.

  13. McFaddensPulledHammy - May 16, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Not a bad idea. It would create a nice geographic rivalry with Vancouver.

  14. esracerx46 - May 16, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Will someone please tell me why Key Arena isn’t a suitable option? Even for the short term?

  15. pjblake2redwings - May 16, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    when the 2 teams are added it needs to be in Seattle and canada needs another team so I would really like to see Quebec get the Nordiques back. I think they can fill the arena. Please Please Please do not give another team to Toronto. 2 teams there would be stupid

    • esracerx46 - May 16, 2014 at 10:15 AM

      Agreed on Toronto. That market has a fanbase and they have made their allegiance. I can’t see enough fans jumping ship to fill an arena every night.

      • channelguy - May 16, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        Toronto is the third largest metro in North America. It could easily support another team. Quebec’s chances have dimmed since the guy who would own the team came out as a separatist before the recent election there (and helped the separatists lose with his big mouth). NHL, like all leagues, doesn’t much like controversial owners these days.

        I don’t see why if an owner is wealthy enough to buy and support an NHL team, he cant at least kick in some to building an arena rather than going hat in hand to the city. The Seattle council may want to spend their money on granola-breath causes, but I can’t blame them a bit for not wanting to build an arena for a billionaire.

        This of course assumes the guy actually has the cash, and not just a lot of mortgages. The NHL has had an appeal to flim-flam men, con men and flat-out crooks as owners in the past.

  16. flyboystransport - May 16, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    It’ll be 2 teams out west….Seattle and either kc, Houston or vegas. Quebec gets the relocated panthers

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