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Phase One of Seat Selection Begins

First phase of seat selection for inaugural season is underway, starting with club seats this month, then general seats in Spring 2020

by NHL Seattle / @NHLSeattle_ / NHLSeattle.com

SEATTLE -- Exciting news: The seat selection process for NHL Seattle's inaugural season begins Thursday. The first phase will cover seat selection for club seats.

Club seat deposit holders who placed a $1,000 deposit in March 2018 will be invited to an in-person appointment at the New Arena at Seattle Center Preview Center, in order of priority number. The first appointments will start Oct. 30. 

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Weekly Warmup: Oct. 14

Surprises among league leaders, an early rookie of year candidate and sizing up the best NHL goalies

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ / NHLSeattle.com

The number of unbeaten NHL teams down to two squads, one feasible and the other fantastic. Both are in action today: Colorado (4-0-0) visits Washington (3-1-2) and Edmonton (5-0-0) looks to make it six in a row at Chicago (0-2-1). The Avalanche start could be expected, but no one figured the Oilers to be five up and five "W's" in mid-October. Fun stuff for new coach and ex-NHL Seattle senior adviser Dave Tippett. 

Parenthetical pause: As games unfold, won-loss records begin to break down into three numbers. For example, Washingon at 3-1-2 has won three games, lost one in regulation and lost two in either overtime or shootout. This adds up to eight points in the standings. There will be no quiz later, but expect to know what the "ROW" column means before the end of this Weekly Warmup.

 

 

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True 'Blue' to Seattle Hockey

As team physician for the Totems, Breakers and Thunderbirds, Dr. Alfred Blue has tended to players with sharp diagnoses and caring words since 1963

by Andy Eide / @AndyEide / NHLSeattle.com

SEATTLE -- From Guyle Fielder to Patrick Marleau to Mathew Barzal, Seattle fans have watched standout hockey players come and, for the most part, go. For five-and-a-half decades, Dr. Alfred Blue has been the constant. 

Blue started as team physician for the Seattle Totems in 1963 and remained with them until they folded in 1975. He viewed Fielder in his prime, the Totems legend totaling 102 points (including 85 assists) in that first season. The team won back-to-back Western Hockey League Lester Patrick Cup championships in 1967 and 1968 during an era when players like Fielder played longer-term with then-professional WHL teams because the NHL only expanded beyond its "Original Six" teams beginning in 1968. 

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Search for Stability

Seven head coaches look to lead their new teams towards stability, success and more

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ / NHLSeattle.com

Coaching changes are an indicator of a sports franchise's life cycle. Most teams put a high priority on stability, hoping to pick a new coach who will not only win but develop young players, motivate veterans, upgrade team chemistry, align with the overall organizational mission and appreciate the data analytics rushing into the sport like Edmonton's Connor McDavid. There's more, but you get the idea.

Other teams make a change targeted to convert a good team into a great team (stick tap to bestselling business author Jim Collins, author of "Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don't"). St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong pulled off the latter when he replaced Mike Yeo with associate coach Craig Berube last November in-season. It took about five weeks until early January, but Berube led the Blues to their first-ever Stanley Cup.

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Free to Be Their Best Hockey Selves

Try Hockey for Free youth clinic in Lynnwood is hat trick of fun, memories and happy chaos for both kids and parents as they experience hockey for the first time

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ / NHLSeattle.com

Try Hockey for Free in Seattle!

NHL Seattle hosts 'Try Hockey for Free' Clinic

NHL Seattle hosts a 'Try Hockey for Free' Clinic at Lynnwood Ice Center for 4-10 year-olds

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SEATTLE -- As director of beginners' hockey for the Seattle Junior Hockey Association, Jerry Weir is accustomed to the crowd milling about last Friday night for a "Try Hockey for Free Youth Clinic" at the Lynnwood Ice Center. There were kids on skates on the ice, some barely able to stand, others literally making strides. Off ice, kids and their parents wrestled with skates, snapped on equipment, procured pull-over "penny jerseys" and, in varying forms of glee and apprehension and walking-on-skates skills, moved toward the rink surface.

The scene in three words: Chaos. Fun. Memorable.

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The Weekly Warm-Up: Oct. 7

The week ahead features possible Stanley Cup Final matchups, while last week produced surprise scoring leaders

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ / NHLSeattle.com

Welcome to The Weekly Warm-Up

Each Monday, we will tailor five stories about the week ahead to keep you in hockey fashion. "Five-on-Five" (also a term for hockey teams playing at full-strength) will include games to watch, trends to follow and info to impress your hockey-mad friends and/or persuade other friends to follow the game. 

This space will also include "Three-peat," an over-the-shoulder look back at the last week of NHL play (and, at times, other news in the hockey world, such as updates on NHL Seattle's American Hockey League affiliate that will debut in Palm Springs the same season as the parent club). 

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Flooring It

Northgate Elementary students get jump on hockey season with NHL Seattle t-shirts, learn-to-play gear and expert coaching

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ / NHLSeattle.com

SEATTLE -- While NHL players had to wait until 4 p.m. Pacific time Wednesday for the first puck drop of the regular season, two Seattle fourth-graders named Maryam and Tatum were happy to discuss their early Wednesday morning floorball scrimmage at Northgate Elementary School. 

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The Puck Starts Here - Eastern Conference

As the 2019-20 NHL season begins, here's what you need to know for each team in the Eastern Conference

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ / NHLSeattle.com

SEATTLE -- The NHL regular season rolls out the red-line carpets Wednesday with four matchups: the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs face off at 4 p.m. PT. Then, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, the 2018 Stanley Cup champs, visit the 2019 Cup-winning St. Louis Blues at 5 p.m.

Out in our time zone, the Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers begins at 7 p.m. (admittedly we're rooting for former NHL Seattle senior hockey ops advisor and new Oilers coach Dave Tippett in this one) before the San Jose Sharks travel to Vegas to finish the evening. 

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The Puck Starts Here - Western Conference

As the 2019-20 NHL season begins, here's what you need to know for each team in the Western Conference

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ / NHLSeattle.com

SEATTLE -- The NHL regular season rolls out the red-line carpets Wednesday with four matchups: the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs face off at 4 p.m. PT. Then, Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals, the 2018 Stanley Cup champs, visit the 2019 Cup-winning St. Louis Blues at 5 p.m.

Out in our time zone, the Vancouver Canucks vs. Edmonton Oilers begins at 7 p.m. (admittedly we're rooting for former NHL Seattle senior hockey ops advisor and new Oilers coach Dave Tippett in this one) before the San Jose Sharks travel to Vegas to finish the evening. 

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Hockey's New Pipeline: Palm Springs to Seattle

CEOs of NHL Seattle and Oak View Group reveal Palm Springs as American Hockey League's 32nd franchise and top development team to play in soon-built $250 million arena

by Bob Condor / @NHLSeattle_ / NHLSeattle.com

PALM SPRINGS -- The pro hockey footprint in California grew bigger Monday morning, and same for NHL Seattle. 

Brothers Tod and Tim Leiweke stood side-by-side in Palm Springs to announce the American Hockey League has officially awarded its 32nd franchise to the southern California desert community, plus openly discussed specific plans for the $250 million, privately financed New Arena at Agua Caliente planned in downtown Palm Springs. 

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