NHL (National Hockey League)
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Gary Bettman, commissioner of the National Hockey League (NHL), has said the US city of Seattle could secure an expansion franchise before the end of the year, but played down reports that a deal is imminent.
North American ice hockey league the NHL has become the latest major sports organisation to embrace esports by launching an official tournament.
Oak View Group (OVG), which is seeking to bring an NHL team to Seattle, has filed an official application for an expansion franchise in the North American ice hockey league, with plans to base the team at a refurbished KeyArena in the Washington city.
North American ice hockey league the NHL has announced that the San Jose Sharks will host its 2019 All-Star Game, while it has scheduled games for next campaign in a host of European markets and China as well as outlining plans to form an esports competition.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has confirmed the North American ice hockey league’s board of governors has agreed to consider an application from the city of Seattle for an expansion franchise.
Notre Dame Stadium, home of the University of Notre Dame’s American football team, will host the NHL’s 2019 Winter Classic, one of two outdoor game announcements made by the North American ice hockey league.