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NHL expansion process open to Seattle: Bettman

Last Updated Dec 7, 2017 at 4:13 pm PDT

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. (Trevor Hagan/CP)

Seattle is the only team open to the application process

SEATTLE, WA. (NEWS 1130) – Gary Bettman announced on Thursday that the NHL has agreed to open the expansion process to a team in Seattle.

The process is going to be similar to the Vegas Golden Knights expansion and will reportedly cost $650 million, and if an expansion team is ultimately located in Seattle it will not be until the 2020-21 season.

This process does not guarantee that a team will eventually play in Seattle, but over the next few months the city is allowed to have a season-ticket drive to gauge interest in hosting an NHL franchise.

Seattle is the only city open to the application process.