NHL expands into Seattle

The NHL is coming to Seattle.

League commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement today at a press conference following the conclusion of the board of governors meetings.

The NHL's 32nd team was unanimously approved in a vote and will begin play in 2021-22

Seattle's ownership group led by billionaire David Bonderman and a number of minority partners, including Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, will pay an expansion fee of $US650 million.

The Vegas Golden Knights paid $500 million when they joined the league in 2016.

Seattle will play in the Pacific Division, meaning the Arizona Coyotes will move to the Central Division.