Your question: Where could the NHL expand?

Where is the NHL expanding to?

On June 22, 2016, the NHL approved expansion to Las Vegas starting in the 2017–18 season with the Vegas Golden Knights, but deferred Quebec City’s bid for a team.

What cities could support an NHL team?

Here are ten cities—three in Canada and seven in the United States—that could see an NHL team.

  • Portland, Oregon. 1 of 10. …
  • Hamilton, Ontario. 2 of 10. …
  • Kansas City, Missouri. 3 of 10. …
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 4 of 10. …
  • Houston, Texas. 5 of 10. …
  • Quebec City, Quebec. 6 of 10. …
  • Salt Lake City, Utah. 7 of 10. …
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia. 8 of 10.

What is the next city to get a NHL team?

In 2018, the NHL Board of Governors awarded a franchise to Seattle. The team, as yet unnamed, will play its first season in 2021-22, bringing the league to 32 teams.

Can NHL expand to Europe?

For any professional sports league, growth is crucial. The NHL has shown that they know this by adding the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and the Seattle Kraken for the 2021-22 season. For the next expansion, the NHL needs to look bigger than North America.

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Is the NHL done expanding?

In a just few short years, the NHL has grown from 30 to 32 teams. One of those teams was placed in the very non-traditional hockey market of Las Vegas. The other was placed in Seattle — which has lacked an NHL team in the modern sports era — and recently filled its roster through the 2021 Expansion Draft.

Can Quebec City support an NHL team?

Quebec City

Quebec City is similar in population to the Manitoba capital, and has been without a team since the Nordiques left in 1995 (the first edition of the Jets left Winnipeg in 1996). Quebec is the smallest market on this list, but they’re also the hungriest for an NHL team.

What is the smallest NHL city?

Quebec City was, and would be still, the second-smallest city in North America with a professional sports franchise (the smallest is Green Bay, Wisc.).

Could Portland support an NHL team?

Does Portland have a stadium that can host an NHL team? The answer is yes. The Moda Center, which is currently home to the Portland Trailblazers of the NBA, would be a fantastic home for an NHL team. They can fit 18,280 people for hockey, which is more than the Staples Center can hold.

Will Austin get an NHL team?

The Texas Stars are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) based in Cedar Park, Texas, near Austin, with home games at the H-E-B Center.

Texas Stars
2021–22 AHL season
City Cedar Park, Texas
League American Hockey League
Conference Western
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Are the Seattle Kraken an expansion team?

The NHL’s newest expansion team, the Seattle Kraken, continued to take shape on Wednesday night with the 2021 expansion draft. … With the expansion draft complete, here’s a rundown of all 30 players selected to join the league’s newest franchise.

Who owns the Seattle Kraken?

The Kraken’s ownership group, which includes billionaire David Bonderman and Amazon (AMZN) CEO Andy Jassy, paid a $650 million expansion fee to join the NHL. That was the largest amount ever paid to join the league and worth more than the estimated value of 20 NHL franchises.

Are any NHL teams moving?

Seven active NHL teams are a product of relocation (Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche, Phoenix Coyotes, Carolina Hurricanes, Winnipeg Jets).

Are the Florida Panthers moving?

The Florida Panthers will be moving to the east side of town in the near future after breaking ground on a new training facility at War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale.

When did the Seattle Kraken join the NHL?

Seattle was unanimously approved by the NHL’s Board of Governors as the league’s 32nd franchise in Dec. 2018, which placed them in the Pacific Division beginning in the 2021-22 season.

What does Kraken mean in Seattle?

So what is a Kraken? The Kraken is a mythical sea beast of Scandinavian folklore that combines the most menacing aspects of the octopus, giant squid and crab, and its use by Seattle’s NHL franchise is a tip of the hat to that area’s nautical culture.