When Seattle finally gets it’s own professional National Hockey League team it’s going to have a very experienced potential head coach manning the helm.
News broke today that Dave Tippett is joining the Seattle NHL Group. Tippett brings with him a lot of experience taking the Dallas Stars to five playoff berths and most notably taking the Arizona Coyotes to the playoffs three times including a stunning Western Conference Final Appearance in 2011-12.
The Seattle NHL expansion team movement gained major traction back in December of 2017 when the NHL announced that they could file an application for an expansion team that would begin playing in the 2020-21 season. The ownership group ran a season ticket sale to show interest (much like Vegas did two years ago) and got a whopping 10,000 season-ticket deposits in 12 minutes. The ownership group also got approval to start a $660 million dollar renovation on the Key Arena, giving them a ready-made home for the team.
The city of Seattle has a history with professional hockey that dates back more than century. The Seattle Metropolitans of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association actually won the Stanley Cup against the Montreal Canadians in 1917. The team tried to join the league back then but ultimately failed, which set the city of Seattle down the path of failed attempts at landing an expansion team for years to come.
But it’s not like the city of Seattle isn’t ready for a NHL team, they currently have two professional hockey teams in the WHL’s Everett Silvertips and the Seattle Thunderbirds, who according to this Forbes article by Carol Schram both teams were averaging 5,000 fans a game. The city also has three professional teams in the Major League Soccer Seattle Sounders, Major League Baseball Seattle Mariners, and National Football League Seattle Seahawks that have hordes of passionate fans cheering them on each and every game. So really the city’s passionate sports fans are ready for the NHL to come to town.
And if you think about it, getting a NHL team could actually help bring a National Basketball League team back to town restoring Seattle back to one of the ultimate sports cities in the United States.