NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced December 4 that the league unanimously approved in a vote that the NHL will add a 32nd team in Seattle and will begin play in 2021-22.

Seattle's ownership group led by billionaire David Bonderman and a number of minority partners, including Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, will pay an expansion fee of US$650 million.

The Vegas Golden Knights paid $500 million when they joined the league in 2016.

Seattle will play in the Pacific Division, meaning the Arizona Coyotes will move to the Central Division.

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