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NHL Seattle timeline: Seattle’s push for hockey

This computer drawing provided by the Oak View Group shows remodeled KeyArena plans. (AP)

The NHL is officially coming to Seattle.

An expansion franchise, the 32nd team in the NHL, will begin play in Seattle in 2021-22. KeyArena is set to undergo a significant renovation in preparation to welcome the league (and potentially the NBA at a later date), the city had an overwhelmingly positive response to a season ticket drive, and on Dec. 4, the NHL’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to approve expansion to Seattle.

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Below is a timeline of every story on the NHL Seattle effort that has been covered by MyNorthwest and We will update this post with more stories as they come along.

June 2017

Oak View Group’s Tim Leiweke: NHL will come first for new Seattle arena; NBA is ’10-year process’

January 2018

Romance novel author trademarks Seattle Sockeyes hockey name
Oak View Group files for hockey team names
Report: NHL expansion paperwork in hands of potential ownership group
If Seattle gets its NHL franchise, it could be good right away


Moore: Waiting for Sonics’ return, but ready to embrace NHL in meantime
Mayor Durkan: OVG Seattle application for NHL expansion team completed
Seattle Thunderbirds’ GM: NHL team ‘would be great’ for all local hockey
Mayor announces season ticket drive for potential NHL team in Seattle
Would an NHL team reduce Seattle’s NBA chances? Some experts say yes
Salk: Seattle has high bar to meet with NHL season ticket drive


NHL Seattle gets to 25K season ticket deposits in 1st hour
OVG CEO: NBA commissioner ‘loves Seattle,’ aware of NHL ticket success
Stelton: Seattle showed it has strong appetite for both NHL and NBA
Canucks president: NHL Seattle season ticket success ‘huge story’ in Canada
Hockey fight: Seattle’s season ticket sales pits owners against scalpers
O’Neil: Seattle’s hockey future gets brighter with Tod Leiweke leaving NFL
Did Gov. Jay Inslee leak the name for Seattle’s possible new NHL team?
Prospective NHL Seattle owner has his eyes set on the NBA, too


Former NFL COO Tod Leiweke returns to Seattle to lead hockey franchise
NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke talks challenges on way to expansion team


‘He sees the game the right way’: Former NHL player Shane Doan talks NHL Seattle addition Dave Tippett
New NHL Seattle consultant Dave Tippett: Hockey will ‘boom’ in Seattle


Investors announced for Seattle’s NHL franchise
Seattle City Council approves $700M KeyArena renovation
Salk: Why KeyArena vote passed, bringing NHL Seattle team even closer
Deputy commissioner: December earliest vote would be on NHL Seattle expansion team


Prospective NHL Seattle owners make expansion pitch to league
Details, images released for massive NHL Seattle Ice Centre in Northgate
NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke: Name expected in spring, but colors could be surprise


NHL Seattle arena might not be ready in time for 2020-21 season


Last step to NHL Seattle expansion coming with Board of Governors vote
• NHL approves Seattle expansion franchise as league’s 32nd team