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NHL board of governors approves opening a formal expansion process @NHLdotcom

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The NHL's board of governors has given the green light to opening a formal expansion process.

A source says commissioner Gary Bettman will announce the decision at an afternoon news conference in Las Vegas.

While that's no guarantee the NHL will add a 31st or a 32nd team, it's an important step toward expanding the league.

Bill Foley's Hockey Vision Las Vegas is at the forefront of expansion talk, and the city is the favourite to get a franchise.

The Las Vegas season-ticket drive received over 11,500 deposits for seats at the brand new arena that's set to open next spring.

Seattle and Quebec City are other leading candidates for expansion.

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