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Hockey fans in the Northwest will soon be able to secure a chance to witness an inaugural season in Seattle.

The group leading the charge to bring an expansion franchise to the city will begin taking deposits on season tickets March 1, Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan announced Tuesday.

Prices range from $500 to $1,000, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

After receiving approval from the NHL Board of Governors in December, the Oak View Group, who spearheaded plans to redevelop KeyArena, officially submitted an expansion bid that included a $10-million down payment earlier this month.

There has yet to be a verdict on the application.

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Seattle appears to be one step closer to housing the next NHL expansion team.

Oak View Group Seattle submitted its application for an NHL expansion franchise, Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan announced on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the NHL also confirmed it had received the application, according to Chris Daniels of K5 News.

The application includes a down payment of $10 million, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Seattle has been under serious consideration for expansion by the NHL ever since it was announced that OVG plans to redevelop KeyArena back in December.

The next steps for the group will be a review of the application, a submission of additional information, league due diligence, review with the Executive Committee, and a recommendation to the Board, according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

The prospective ownership group interested in bringing an NHL expansion franchise to Seattle will apparently be submitting a formal bid in short order.

Oak View Group is working on the application and should have it filed “in the not too distant future,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters Saturday at the All-Star festivities in Tampa Bay, according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Bettman said any future franchises would insist on having the same expansion draft rules that the Vegas Golden Knights had, and added that the league hasn’t gotten any “negative pushback” from teams about the way the most recent expansion team was allowed to construct its roster, according to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus.

The NHL’s Board of Governors agreed to accept an expansion application from the Seattle group back in early December, three days after the city’s lawmakers approved OVG’s plan to redevelop KeyArena.

Seattle doesn’t have an NHL team yet, but the group that’s expected to submit a bid for an expansion franchise may have already begun the process of securing a name.

Thirty-eight domains covering 13 different Seattle team names were purportedly registered Thursday by Oak View Group, as discovered by Clark Rasmussen of DetroitHockey.net.

The names represented among the registered domains are:

  • Seattle Cougars
  • Seattle Eagles
  • Seattle Emeralds
  • Seattle Evergreens
  • Seattle Firebirds
  • Seattle Kraken
  • Seattle Rainiers
  • Seattle Renegades
  • Seattle Sea Lions
  • Seattle Seals
  • Seattle Sockeyes
  • Seattle Totems
  • Seattle Whales

Rasmussen, who previously unearthed domain names registered during the Vegas Golden Knights‘ formative days in the summer of 2016, noticed the domains representing these Seattle names were registered by Christina Song. A woman with an identical name serves as general counsel for OVG, the group that won the bid to redevelop Seattle’s KeyArena.

The domains were registered using an email address for a lawyer at Gibson Dunn, the firm that helped OVG in the KeyArena bidding process, according to Rasmussen.

These names are by no means official and are not confirmed to be among the ones considered for the hypothetical Seattle franchise by the group that has yet to submit a formal application.

Seattle has the green light, but a certain Canadian city has once again been left waiting at a stop sign.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday that the league is only looking at Seattle for potential expansion, meaning Quebec City is not a possibility this time around, according to TSN’s Frank Seravalli.

Bettman said he doesn’t know where this leaves Quebec City going forward, per TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, and added that the former NHL city is still on the league’s radar, according to NHL.com’s Dan Rosen.

Quebec City submitted an expansion application in June 2016, but the NHL deferred it and chose Las Vegas as the only new franchise destination.

Quebecor, a local media company, oversaw the construction of the $370-million Videotron Centre, which opened in fall 2015.

The NHL’s Nordiques left Quebec City for Denver and became the Avalanche in 1995.

Now that major renovations to Seattle’s KeyArena have been approved, is the city prepared for the return of an NBA franchise?

Seattle city council recently voted 7-1 in favor of a proposal for a $600-million redevelopment of KeyArena, in the hopes of attracting another major sports franchise. It’s a step in the right direction in the process for the NBA to bring basketball back to Seattle.

Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke is heavily invested in the city, understanding that the talk of a Seattle-based franchise has been a hot topic since the NBA left Seattle for Oklahoma City. Leiweke has been around sports franchises for a long time and has a realistic, but optimistic, outlook on the matter.

“I’ve been through this,” Leiweke told reporters, according to Yahoo Sports Chris Mannix. “I’ve seen teams ripped out of communities. It’s not a pretty thing to go through. I feel the pain, and we’ve been dealing with Sonics Rising and the Sonic community, and we understand. Lots of people have preferences about the NHL compared to the NBA. Whichever one comes first, if we do a great job with them, the other one will come.”

Leiweke uttering “the other one will come” may give a feeling of hope for basketball fans in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan went as far as to tease Seattleite’s during the agreement signing, wearing a Seattle SuperSonics T-shirt under her blazer.

With the NHL carrying 31 franchises and aiming for an even number, it’s likely they’ll get first dibs. But it’s clear Leiweke won’t stop there.

The NHL Board of Governors has agreed to consider an application for an NHL expansion franchise in Seattle, commissioner Gary Bettman said in a press conference Thursday, according to NHL.com’s Dan Rosen.

Bettman said the expansion fee would be $650 million, which is $150 million more than Las Vegas paid.

The NHL will allow a potential ownership group, led by billionaire David Bonderman and legendary film and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer, to file an application and then conduct a season-ticket drive, according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

While this is similar to the Golden Knights’ beginnings, it doesn’t guarantee a team will arrive in the Pacific Northwest.

If a team was indeed brought to Seattle, it would be looking at the 2020-21 season to begin play, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.