NHL Seattle confident with long-term building plan
Looking to follow same route to expansion success Golden Knights had
Nicholas J. Cotsonika
/ NHL.com 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.
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.
NHL Seattle dedicates ‘first stall’ to the city’s original hockey superstar, who credits fan support
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.
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."
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.
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.