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Seattle Plans To Discourage Ticket Brokers

from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,

Seattle’s NHL team is still more than two years from taking the ice, but officials are already moving to stop what they call “ticket brokers’’ from stockpiling an inventory of KeyArena seats.

Starting Wednesday, NHL Seattle plans to contact suspected brokers who’ve reserved season tickets and tell them they can’t have them all. Fans in March 2018 were able to make deposits of $500 or $1,000 per ticket and between 32,000 and 33,000 were actually reserved in fewer than 48 hours before the list was capped.

“We’re going to go through our list and try to identify any prospective brokers on the list,’’ NHL Seattle president and CEO Tod Leiweke said Tuesday. “And then we’re going to pick up the phone and talk to them. Our aim is to not have brokers camping out on our list, buying tickets solely for the purpose of reselling.’’

Leiweke said the team should begin inviting fans to actually buy tickets this fall – possibly in late October. The delay in converting deposits into actual tickets is just one of several items the team has continuously postponed since the NHL franchise was awarded last December.

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Ron Francis Is Officially The GM In Seattle

from NHLSeatte,

NHL Seattle named Ron Francis the first General Manager in franchise history on July 18, 2019.  Francis brings an acclaimed skill for evaluating NHL-caliber talent and his renowned hockey IQ will determine the franchise's style of play.

"After seven months of due diligence, research, conversations, interviews and evaluation, we are thrilled to announce Ron as our GM," said NHL Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke.

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Ron Francis May Be The GM In Seattle

 

added 9:45pm,

from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,

Ron Francis, who played in the NHL for 22 seasons and is fifth all time in points, is to be announced this week as the first general manager of Seattle’s incoming franchise, sources with knowledge of the situation have indicated.

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Former NHL Player Bert Marshall Keeping An Eye On The Seattle Hockey Group

from Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times,

The most quietly famous hockey resident of Poulsbo has a view of the Hood Canal from a home on five wooded acres of gorgeous Kitsap County property.

Bert Marshall also has some well-honed views on Seattle’s incoming NHL expansion franchise and the importance of hiring the right team builders, starting with the general manager and then the coach. During 15 NHL seasons, Marshall, a stay-at-home defenseman, played for some of the best and worst teams in league history: from Gordie Howe and the mid-1960s Detroit Red Wings, to the California Golden Seals expansion disaster, to a New York Islanders squad that grew into a dynasty.

But by the time Marshall got to the pre-dynastic Islanders, the architects of that squad were leaning on him to show younger players the work ethic needed to differentiate the best from worst.

“I like to say that I was the guy the stars had to play against before they could be stars,’’ said Marshall, 75, whose life here in Washington now on two-plus decades has been nearly as unassuming as his career. “I think I held my own.’’

He’s paying attention locally now to how NHL Seattle builds its own on-ice product. The group has considered hiring a GM this summer rather than next year, a decision hinging on the caliber of candidates expected to become available.

“That’s the one hire you’ve got to get right,’’ Marshall said. “Everything else will flow from that.’’

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Dave Tippett Is Wearing Many Hats For The Seattle Franchise

from Ed Willies of the Vancouver Province,

As he begins his scouting mission for Seattle’s new NHL franchise, Dave Tippett is preoccupied with a variety of concerns, most of which have nothing to do with actual scouting.

No, that’s the fun part of the job and it will arrive soon enough. But when he talks about the team being in its building phase, Seattle’s one-man hockey department means it literally.

On those occasions he can drag himself to NHL games, Tippett is focused on things such as the size and configuration of the locker rooms, the location of the video room and the number of parking spots reserved for players.

There is no detail too small for Tippett, and when you’re starting a $1.5-billion operation, there are a lot of details to consider. If this all goes right, the Grungemonsters, or whatever they’ll be called, hope to replicate the jaw-dropping success of their expansion brethren from Las Vegas.

Until then it’s about tape measures and blueprints for Tippett.

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Seattle May Be Another Hot Hockey Market

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

The NHL is still reviewing Seattle’s expansion application, but it would be hard to say no to a city that had deposits on 10,000 season tickets in the first 12 minutes on March 1. Sales were cut off at 32,000. It's still undetermined how many season tickets will be issued, but the ownership group has committed to giving at least some tickets to all 32,000.

“Hockey is bigger (in Seattle) than people think,” said Tim Leiweke, CEO of the Oak View Group, which submitted the application. "It has two junior teams with the Everett Silvertips and the Seattle Thunderbirds."

The NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City before the 2008-09 season and there has been a void in winter sports since.

“The Northwest is a very big territory,” Leiweke said. “When you look at Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho. You combine all of those eyeballs that’s an enormous part of the country without a hockey team to root for.”

Almost 1,000 season tickets were purchased by Canadians, according to Leiweke. Some Alaskans bought tickets, and some ticket buyers were from Oregon. The vast majority were from Washington.

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Today Is The First Day Of The NHL Ticket Drive In Seattle

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Seattle Looks Like A Go, But What About Quebec City?

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Now that Tim Leiweke has his arena deal looking like a lock in Seattle, with an NHL expansion team certain to follow, the question is: What does this mean for Quebec City?

The short answer is: not a lot. It still means Quebec City and its supporters have to be patient and wait for another team to relocate. Seattle was always right there with Las Vegas among the NHL governors when it came to the favourite cities for expansion. The only thing preventing an announcement was an arena deal.

Leiweke, the former president and chief executive officer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, has one in reach. Seattle won't be awarded a team tomorrow, or maybe even next month or next year, but it will get one.

"That means it's just a matter of time before NHL franchise 32 is awarded," one NHL governor said on Tuesday after news of the Seattle deal surfaced. "It's where we've always wanted to go."

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