The NHL has tried to figure out a solution for the Coyotes staying in Glendale for over 4 years. They obviously see something there that a lot of us hockey fans don’t see. It could be the 13th biggest TV Market, a rise in youth hockey, expected rebound in the housing market or maybe the NHL doesn’t want to leave a white elephant at the door of Glendale. Whatever the reason, it’s there.
I believe in this sport and I very much believe Seattle can and will support an NHL franchise someday. When they come here we are going to light the NHL on fire with support. Look at the Mariners, Seahawks and Sounders! There is something about this city that is extremely loyal to our teams. You mix this with the greatest sport known to mankind, I am convinced
we will sell out every game within 7 years of the franchise moving here. This playoff alone I’ve had several non-hockey fans come up to me and tell me they are hooked, they are eager to see the game live & can’t wait to see an NHL team here. I have started to build a list of all my non-hockey friends I am dying to take to an NHL Game when they come. I urge you to do the same. Yes I know I can take them to a Thunderbirds or Silvertips game but it isn’t the same as seeing the best hockey players in the world on the ice at the same time.
We might end up being a fallback option if Glendale fails to approve their lease with RSE but it might not happen. It is theirs to keep, let them see it through. There will be plenty of time to party when we get a team, no sense getting ahead of ourselves.
If nothing else, we have established ourselves as a hockey. Most of us have known this all along. (I emailed John Buccigross in 2004 telling him what a great city Seattle would be for the NHL..he agreed). We’ve got several great grassroots organizations here, let’s keep it going.
Be respectful, lower expectations and let Glendale see this through.