SEATTLE — Dreams on the ice are finally a reality. The NHL awarded Seattle a hockey team. Now the real work begins to make the team a success and keep Seattle a hockey town.
The National Hockey League made it official. An expansion team will begin playing here in 2021. Commissioner Gary Bettman revealed Tuesday morning in Georgia that Seattle's team would begin play then. Thirty-thousand fans put down deposits for a team that didn't exist several months ago.
But what comes next, before the puck drops?
It is a question being asked all day. But hardly anyone in Seattle is more qualified to answer than Anne Levinson. Levinson led an all-female investor group who negotiated the sale of the Seattle Storm to them. That prevented the championship winning WNBA team from following the Seattle Super Sonics to Oklahoma City back in 2008.
She says the new hockey owners have already put in place major pieces. A new practice facility has been unveiled and, most importantly, they are building a brand new arena.
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