The NHL Board of Governors will vote on the matter during their meetings on Dec. 3 or 4.
Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan and prospective hockey team owners David Bonderman and Jerry Bruckheimer gave a two-hour presentation during the meeting in New York.
In March, the group impressed the NHL by collecting more than 25,000 season-ticket deposits in just one hour.
In September, the city formally approved the demolition of KeyArena — the former home of the NBA Seattle SuperSonics — with a plan to build a new arena on that site near the famous Space Needle. The facility will hold between 17,000 to 19,000, depending on the event.
The last public event at KeyArena is slated for Friday when the NBA’s Golden State Warriors play the Sacramento Kings. The hockey franchise is hoping to start play in 2020-21 now that the arena plan has been sorted out.
“Everybody’s goal is 2020 if it can be accomplished,” Bettman said. “If it’s not, then we’ll do it in ’21.”
The NHL recently expanded into Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season. Seattle would give the league 32 teams.
–Field Level Media