Great day to be a Seattle Hockey fan

As you have probably heard, the City Council officially approved the SoDo Arena deal. This is a major step on a long long road to landing an NHL franchise in Seattle. Focus on those positives.

….and don’t believe the hype around Edmonton. Edmonton Oilers owner, Daryl Katz was reported as touring Seattle KeyArena today. This is way way premature but the Oilers aren’t going anywhere. Here are the reasons:

1) NBA must come first. I expect this to be 6 months to a year out at best.

2) Edmonton has always had one of the top 10 teams for ticket revenue. To expect the same Arena Revenue here in Seattle would be ridiculous and won’t happen.

3) The Oilers have had total home attendance of 690,399 the last 6 years…that’s max capacity.

4) SeattleNHL team will have to pay more than current EDM deal on the table

5) The NHL cannot play in Key Arena…1 year maybe but that is a stretch.

6) We are talking about the Oilers!!!!

It’s a leverage play for Katz. This is part of the Arena subsidy playbook. (Mario in KC) Don’t believe it. The Katz tour has been getting a lot of airtime here as well. It’s not fair to the hockey fans here either.

Hang in there Edmonton!

5 thoughts on “Great day to be a Seattle Hockey fan

  1. I was laughing so hard when I saw the local news covering their visit as if they were seriously planning on moving here. I really want an NHL team here, even though I already have my club, but what we really need is more coverage for the TWO teams we already have in the area. I cant believe it when I have to inform people who have lived here their entire lives, I moved to the area from DC two years ago, that not only does Seattle have hockey; but that they have two WHL teams. Seattle had a Stanley Cup winning team, and I have to educate “local sports fans” on what a snap shot is.

    • Seattle shouldn’t be seeking a NHL team, what they should be doing is helping the Vancouver Canucks bring the Chicago Wolves to Seattle. Seattle definitely doesn’t have the market for a NHL team, however I bet if we could get the Wolves here, and give Vancouver a farm team that is closer to home, we would have the fan base then. The best this city could do is an AHL team. Imagine the revenue that an AHL team could bring on top of the new revenue the Canucks would see because of new fans. Definitely have an NBA team here, but stop the delusion that Seattle would succeed with a NHL team, because that dream is definitely not a reality.

      • Ymina, its funny you bring up the Chicago Wolves. In addition to Hansen’s Group, the Chicago Wolves owner has stated that he wanted/wants to build an arena and bring the Wolves to Bellevue. Seattle actually has a better hockey community than some areas that have a NHL team. I recently moved here from the DC area and to my knowledge there weren’t any other hockey teams other than the Caps, at any level other than PeeWee/Midget. Here we have the Thunderbirds, Silvertips, and the Totems; not to mention the GSHL (adult co-ed rec league) and the Seattle Women’s Hockey League. I was trying for years to find a rec league in DC, but only knew of a pick-up game about 80 miles from DC. I couldn’t even find a Learn to Play clinic for adults, but here I found the HES clinics very easily and now play in the GSHL.

    • I hear your Charles. I often have to explain what the WHL is to people. The WHL teams are kind of like the Sounders were before they became part of the MLS, no on knew who they were and no body went to games. The second they became part of the MLS they received huge support. That said, one of the coolest things I saw in Seattle when there was standing room only at the Iron Bull (Sports Bar) for game 7 of the Chi-Van series in 2011. Half the bar was rooting for the Blackhawks and the other half was rooting for the Vancouver and every shot, hit and trunover created some kind of reaction.

      I saw the coverage all day yesterday and just shook my head in disappointment that they were reporting this as a possibility.

      The NHL will come to Seattle someday, just not like this. In the meantime, everyone should support the WHL because those kids can flat out play!

  2. I appreciate the comment Ymina. Why don’t you think Seattle can support a hockey team? I’ve stated in prior entries why Seattle is a great market and would love to hear your perspective.

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