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Report: Prospective NHL owner working on Seattle arena deal

Aug 13, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT

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Interesting development on the NHL-to-Seattle front — according to King 5 News, a prospective owner from Vancouver has linked up with would-be NBA owner Chris Hansen.

Victor J. Coleman, the CEO of real estate group Hudson Pacific Properties, has reportedly signed a “non-binding” agreement for Hansen’s proposed SoDo arena, one that “lays out the terms for Coleman’s contribution to the project and his potential revenue streams for a hockey franchise.”

More, from King 5:

It’s clear Coleman has the support of the NHL.  One league executive describes him as “the real deal,” and he was flanked by the NHL’s top leaders during a clandestine meeting in Seattle back in May.

Coleman and co-investor Jonathan Glaser, who sits on the board of Hudson Pacific, met face to face with Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine in separate meetings in Seattle.  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly were also on hand.  The parties all left without an agreement or plan to move forward.  Coleman says he feels like he’s made progress since.

“We have a clear path,” he said.

Two sources with knowledge of the talks between Hansen and Coleman say that the two potential owners met in person a couple of weeks ago, and have been actively talking for months.

In speaking with King 5, Coleman described himself as a passionate hockey fan — “I remember the day we got the Canucks,” he said — and one with a clear vision for the Pacific Northwest rivalry between Vancouver and Seattle.

“I think the demographic base (in Seattle) and the desire of the NHL in that marketplace is the perfect match right now.  The expansion of the NHL into the Pacific Northwest, with Vancouver and the presiding area, makes it a perfect fit,”he explained.

“There are built in synergies.  That’s a ‘Day 1’ rivalry.”

Hansen, a successful hedge fund manager, has long stated he’s only interested in owning an NBA club. Other prospective NHL owners have expressed an interest in tackling the hockey side of things — Don Levin and Ray Bartoszek, most notably — but, according to King 5, only Coleman has laid out the groundwork for potential revenue streams and project contributions.

  1. kaptaanamerica - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    It would be great to have a team close enough to drive to watch against the Canucks on a weeknight.

  2. esracerx46 - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Cool. This Hansen fellow seems like a BS-er

  3. dans761 - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Talk talk talk talk talk…

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      Gotta talk before you start building.

      • dans761 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:03 PM

        Talk has been goin on for years. No action, just rumors with never anything coming out of all the talking.

      • tomas3345 - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        Rome wasn’t built in a day

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Aug 13, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    You should have held off on Coyotes day, this article would have been perfect for it.

  5. wranglerick - Aug 13, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    Eddie Murphy: Thank you Coleman

  6. dolphincult - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Not so sure the Canucks owner likes this idea since his franchise is declining right now.

  7. vancouversportsbro - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    This will be good for Vancouver. Just take a three hour drive and pay a hundred dollars less to watch a game in Seattle instead of the Aquilweenie clowns in Vancouver.

    • sw19womble - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      Or just go watch the Vancouver Giants at the Pacific Coliseum for about $20. :)

  8. bullwinkle88 - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:30 PM

    No one should be excited by this. Like the guy above said, it’s all talk. The facts remain: Hanson wants an NBA franchise before anything else happens.

    I know Vancouver needs a rivalry. Coleman should sell his wares in Portland Oregon. It’s a smaller population, but has greater hockey support.

    • AppealToReason - Aug 13, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      The issue is that it is a smaller market and you won’t capitalize on people in Canada willing to make the trip to go watch the Canucks, Oilers, Flames, Leafs or Habs in Portland the way you would in a city like Seattle that is so close to the border.

    • dans761 - Aug 13, 2014 at 9:07 PM

      Portland doesn’t have the popularity in hockey Seattle does. Minor league hockey down to youth hockey is big for a US city. Seattle would be better but they only talk and don’t pursue. NHL would much rather have Seattle over Portland for obvious reasons.

      • goat10000 - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:32 PM

        Are you kidding? Look at how the Winterhawks draw vs. the T-Birds.

    • whoownthechiefs - Aug 13, 2014 at 10:31 PM

      great pot too

  9. pantherpro - Aug 13, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Seattle we want some too just like the SeaPeds

    The real Bay Area

    Go Sharks

  10. penguins87and71 - Aug 14, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    I would love to see a NHL team in Seattle. From what I’ve seen from the outside is that Seattle has some pretty passionate fans(especially in the NFL). It would also be a great rival for the Vancouver Canucks.

    • desertfan - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:18 AM

      And get rid of the potential communist Quebec theory.

  11. clayman61 - Aug 14, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    @dans761- You don’t live in Portland, do you? Hockey is much more popular then you think here, and we have a building they could play in.. Seattle folks would drive here as well as the Vancouver fans, it’s not that much further.

  12. canadiansportsfan77 - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    New York Islanders come on down. Coincidence Wang nixes a done deal and this article comes out the next day????

  13. pjblake2redwings - Aug 14, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Seattle and put a team back in Quebec..

  14. rsmaggiemae - Aug 14, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    I am all for Quebec and not Seattle
    I just cant see it lasting in Seattle

  15. jhmiddleton81 - Aug 14, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Really hoping this gets done, I think this could become and incredible hockey market in 10-15 years (how long it takes to establish a good fan base) The building looks dynamite too

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