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NHL Seattle confident with long-term building plan

Looking to follow same route to expansion success Golden Knights had

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / Columnist

VANCOUVER -- The Seattle NHL expansion team won't take the ice until the 2021-22 season. It has no name, no colors, no general manager. The old arena near the Space Needle is in the demolition phase; the new arena under the historic roof is yet to be built.

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NHL Draft Order Explained

There will not be a quiz, but here's a primer

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

The 2019 NHL Draft weekend is set to take place June 21-22 in Vancouver, BC, and 27 teams are slated to make at least one of the 32 possible first-round picks.

That can change in an instant.

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Is There a Draft in Here? Yes!

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

The future stars of 31 NHL teams will be selected June 21-22 in Vancouver, BC during the 2019 NHL Draft.

As draft weekend unfolds, intrigue runs high at the top of the first round while imagination takes center stage for hundreds of NHL hopefuls and millions of fans waiting to hear who their club will select.

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Going, going, soon gone

By mid-June, expect no evidence of the former bowl, proving New Arena will be 'brand-new" engineering feat

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

New Arena Begins Demolition Phase

New Arena at Seattle Center undergoes Hard Demolition

The hard demolition phase begins at New Arena at Seattle Center as construction goes underground

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If you talk to NHL Seattle leaders about the New Arena at Seattle Center, they are always happy to reiterate one point: This project is not a renovation.

"People say, 'I understand you're renovating the Key," explains Ken Johnsen, construction executive for the New Arena. "We aren't."

Eight months after breaking ground, Johnsen and NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke now have all of the evidence they need to dissuade Seattleites and hockey fans everywhere from any misconception.

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Totems Legend Guyle Fielder remembers Seattle fans as 'boisterous'

NHL Seattle dedicates 'first stall' to the city's original hockey superstar, who credits fan support

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

Guyle Fielder remembers fans

Totems' Fielder remembers boisterous Seattle fans

NHL Seattle dedicates ‘first stall’ to the city’s original hockey superstar, who credits fan support

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Seattle's first hockey superstar, Guyle Fielder, was back in town April 23 to be feted by the NHL Seattle franchise.

One honor is a dedicated locker of Fielder's equipment from his glory years with the Western Hockey League's Seattle Totems during the 1950s and 1960s. The locker is prominently positioned in the team's tickets and suites preview center at the Pacific Science Center. It will move to the New Arena at Seattle Center before the puck drops in the fall of 2021.

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Statement from NHL Seattle President & CEO Tod Leiweke

by NHL Seattle / @NHLSeattle_ /

Statement from NHL Seattle President & CEO Tod Leiweke on Dave Tippett:

"As one of our first hires, Dave Tippett has been instrumental in forming the blueprint for our hockey operations in Seattle. Coaching is his passion and this is a great opportunity for Dave to return to the bench. Dave will always be a great friend to our organization. We wish him well in Edmonton."

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Fans Play the Name Game

Fan Forums offer chance to discuss team colors, arena amenities, hockey and 'good pressure'

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

NHL Seattle Fan Forum

NHL Seattle Hosts Fan Forum to Get Feedback

NHL Seattle hosts a Fan Forum at Queen Anne Beerhall to get feedback from ticket depositors

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Proving the pledge to involve NHL Seattle fans in everything from the team name to its colors to mobile connectivity, the club hosted another installment of its continuing series of Fan Forums.

The latest forum unfolded at Queen Anne Beerhall on a one of those picture-perfect Friday afternoons that makes all of us swoon over Seattle spring and summer cloudless days.

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Subterranean in Seattle

The New Arena at Seattle Center taking its new shape and depth below ground in May and June

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

If walls could talk, well, we would be hearing a lot during May and June at the New Arena at Seattle Center.

But in this extraordinary case of delivering a world-class facility to Seattle sports fans and entertainment lovers of all blends, passersby won't even be able to see those walls. Let New Arena construction executive Ken Johnson explain, with an assist (hockey term alert!) from NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke.

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Not Your Average Guy-le

Seattle hockey superstar honored by NHL's newest team with dedicated locker, sportsmanship award

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ /

The NHL Seattle franchise's rallying cry, "Return to Hockey," packs a lot of history into three words.

It's props to the Seattle Metropolitans, the first U.S. hockey club to win the coveted Stanley Cup, back in 1917 before the NHL was officially founded later the same year. It's a firm and heartfelt nod to the city's previous pro hockey teams, including the Bombers, Americans and, for the longest and most successful run, the Totems. 

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Let's Make Some Noise!

Save April 23 as date for 'Science of Sports & Entertainment' panel on New Arena's home-ice advantage, top musical acts

by Mike Gastineau

Seattle fans are pumped to glide back into winter professional sports when the New Arena at Seattle Center opens in 2021. And many are equally excited about what they will hear inside the new venue.

Michael Wansley, aka Wanz or TeeWanz, certainly fits that description.

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