(Source: AL news.com) – SEATTLE (AP) — A proposal to remodel KeyArena now has an ambitious timeline that could have it ready to house a professional franchise within three years.
KeyArena housed the NBA’s SuperSonics until they relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder. Oak View Group believes it can have the building ready by October 2020 if environmental approvals are obtained and demolition can start in October 2018.
The timeframe is sure to attract attention, including from the NHL. OVG has not hidden its intentions to be aggressive in an attempt to obtain an NHL expansion franchise soon after the arena agreement is finalized. Likewise, the NHL has not hidden its interest in Seattle.
This is your chance, Whalers. This is your chance to rise from the dead. Grab those blue and green colors you once proudly wore and you’ll fit right in perfectly alongside the similarly clad Seahawks and whatever that soccer team thingy is they have skipping around on the field there.
This would honestly be a dream come true for me. My old man would take me to Whalers games as a kid because you could catch an NHL game for about a nickel. So even though I wasn’t a true fan of theirs the nostalgia is there for me. I NEED the Seattle Whalers to be a real thing. And the NHL needs a 16th western conference team to balance out the league.
For what its worth, I created the Seattle Whalers in NHL 18 franchise mode last night just to see if it could work, and it does. Seattle was more then happy to have me. I drafted a solid expansion team, even signed Jagr, and the uni’s I created were fantastic. The fans really seem excited to see me play after my daughter goes to bed tonight.
I basically proved it’s not only viable for the NHL to set up shop there but also bring back the Whale at the same time. What more evidence do you need? Let’s get it done.
P.S.: You’re welcome.
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