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Seattle to join NHL in 2021 after being awarded expansion slot

As was widely expected, the NHL Board of Governors unanimously approved adding Seattle as the league’s 32nd franchise on Tuesday, with the as yet unnamed team set to join in 2021 instead of 2020 to allow enough time for stadium renovations.

To accommodate the new team, the NHL will realign its two divisions in the Western Conference for the 2021-22 season. Seattle will play in the Pacific Division, home to its closest geographic rivals Vancouver, Calgary and San Jose, while the Arizona Coyotes will move to the Central Division.

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