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NHL: Hockey expansion is a real possibility

Letter by Donald J. Fritz, Tacoma on June 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm with No Comments »
June 19, 2013 9:22 am

Ninety-six years ago, the Seattle Metropolitans became the first U.S. hockey team to win the Stanley Cup, and it would be good if the centennial season of 2016-17 could be celebrated with the return of a new team to a new stadium in Seattle.

One option whereby this could happen is by moving an existing franchise to Seattle, but the planned NHL realignment, with two teams shifting to the Eastern Conference, and only Winnipeg shifting from East to West, will leave the West with only 14 teams, seven in each of two divisions.

So, unlike the case of the NBA, expansion to Seattle (and one Midwest city) is a real possibility. If Seattle wins an NHL team before landing an NBA team, perhaps Seattle could house a new minor league basketball team at the new stadium, for eventual upgrade as was done with the Seattle Sounders.

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