Seattle, NHL one step closer

The group looking to bring professional hockey to Seattle has taken the next step in the pursuit of an NHL franchise.

The Oak View Group and its prospective NHL ownership group, led by billionaire David Bonderman and filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer, submitted its expansion application with the National Hockey League on Tuesday. A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Associated Press the application had been submitted along with a $10 million filing fee. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the league was not commenting on the situation.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan also tweeted that Oak View Group had submitted the filing with the NHL.
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The expansion application has been expected for weeks and is the next step in Seattle's ongoing hope of bringing an NHL franchise to the largest market in the United States without a professional winter sports franchise.

If Seattle is successful in its expansion bid, the new franchise would bring the league to an even 32 teams with 16 in each conference. A new team would also yield a hefty expansion fee - in the neighbourhood of $650 million.

-with files from CTV Vancouver Island

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