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NHL expansion, Seattle NHL team, 32nd franchise, NHL realignment, SuperSonics

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Seattle is getting a National Hockey League team. It will just have to wait a little bit longer to drop the puck.

The NHL Board of Governors unanimously approved adding Seattle as the league’s 32nd franchise on Tuesday, with play set to begin in 2021 instead of 2020 to allow enough time for arena renovations.

The as-yet unnamed franchise will be the Emerald City’s first major winter sports team since the NBA’s SuperSonics left town in 2008.

“Today is a day for celebration in a great city that adores and avidly supports its sports teams and for our 101-year-old sports league,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said.

“Expanding to Seattle makes the National Hockey League more balanced, even more whole and even more vibrant. A team in Seattle evens the number of teams in our two conferences, brings our geographic footprint into greater equilibrium and creates instant new rivalries out west, particularly between Seattle and Vancouver.”

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NHL 2020: Islanders fan’s cruel ‘Kiss Cam’ joke

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One NHL fan used the arena’s “Kiss Cam” to play a cruel joke on his date Thursday, likely earning him a trip to the penalty box.

The unidentified fan, sporting a Mat Barzal jersey at the New York Islanders’ home fixture, kissed the woman next to him after appearing on the Nassau Coliseum jumbotron.

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He then stepped into the aisle and got down on one knee as if he was about to propose.

The woman stood up, and appeared amazed but instead of producing a ring, the man just tied his shoes.

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NHL 2019: New York Islanders Anthony Beauvillier simple pick up line for Anna Kendrick

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It’s worth a try.

Anthony Beauvillier has scored 10 goals for the New York Islanders this season, but he spent his Christmas taking a different kind of shot.

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The four-year veteran seemingly took his shot with actress Anna Kendrick on Twitter, posting a simple “Hi @AnnaKendrick47.”



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NHL, news: Ice hockey fan wins $50,000 with impossible shot from opposite blue line, video

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It turns out Canadians are just naturally ridiculously good at ice hockey.

A Montreal fan became $55,000 richer when he nailed an incredibly tough shot from the other side of the rink at an NHL game.

Making it all the crazier? The guy doesn’t even play hockey.

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Patrick Proteau won tickets just to be at the Canadiens v Detroit Red Wings game on Saturday, and then was plucked out of the crowd for a fan competition during the second intermission.

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