It’s official! The NHL’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to accept Seattle’s expansion bid as the 32nd team in the league, according to an official announcement from the league on Tuesday.
The investment group that applied for the expansion included Oak View Group (OVG), which includes Tod Leiweke, former COO of the NFL, Tim Leiweke, former CEO of both Anschutz Entertainment Group (which owns the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings franchise) along with Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment (owners of the Toronto Maple Leafs), and David Bonderman, a Seattle billionaire.
The group also received the benefit of full and public support from Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan throughout the process, and the announcement was considered a foregone conclusion once the group was armed with approval for a new arena.
This could also bode well for the potential return of an NBA franchise in Seattle, as a new arena will certainly re-ignite those efforts.
Bruins Place Jesse Gabrielle On Unconditional Waivers
Gabrielle, 21, played his entire season in the ECHL, but his season was cut short after suffering another concussion back in March, his third head injury since training camp.
Gabrielle will now become an unrestricted free agent.
Hurricanes’ Andrei Svechnikov In Concussion Protocol
Andrei Svenchnikov is currently in the concussion protocol following his fight with Capitals’ star Alex Ovechkin during last night’s game, which saw Svenchnikov knocked out during the fight.
Hurricanes’ head coach Rod Brind’Amour doesn’t expect Svechnikov to play in game four on Thursday night, according to the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan.
Sharks’ Joe Thornton Suspended One-Game
San Jose Sharks’ center Joe Thornton has been suspended for Game 4 of their first round series against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Department of Player Safety officially announced.
Thornton, 39, was hit with the suspension for his illegal check to the head of Vegas forward Tomas Nosek.
“I honestly thought I barely touched him” Thornton said of the incident, according to The Mercury News’ Curtis Pashelka. “He just came right back; it was just one of those plays that it is what it is. I think my son hits me like that six times a day, it’s just a weird position to put himself in. That’s all.”
- Bruins Place Jesse Gabrielle On Unconditional Waivers
- Hurricanes’ Andrei Svechnikov In Concussion Protocol
- Sharks’ Joe Thornton Suspended One-Game
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- Leafs’ Nazem Kadri Suspended For Rest Of First Round Series
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