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Executive committee recommends Seattle for NHL expansion

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The NHL is one step closer to a 32nd franchise as commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the executive committee voted unanimously to recommend Seattle for an expansion team, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

A formal vote will take place at December's Board of Governors meeting.

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The Seattle ownership group is led by Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Texas billionaire David Bonderman. Former Arizona Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett, who is serving as an advisor, is the group's lone hockey-related hire.

The group is aiming to join the NHL for the 2020-21 season, playing out of the KeyArena, where an extensive renovation has been planned.

The NHL has expanded by three teams since 2000, adding the Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, and Vegas Golden Knights.

Executive committee recommends Seattle for NHL expansion
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