Dave Tippett still has 1980s photos from when his Hartford Whalers, their main arena booked, practiced at any spare rink they could find. “We used to dress at the Civic Center and get in our cars in our equipment and drive to the other rink,’’ the NHL Seattle group senior adviser said. But those days are done; the past decade seeing National Hockey League teams build increasingly palatial, full-time practice facilities integral to their long-term survival. Small wonder NHL Seattle, with help from Tippett, has spent months zeroing in on a still-undisclosed site for its training center before our city officially has a team. Some details about the facility emerged weeks ago, like it eventually housing three ice rinks and costing $30 million-to-$50 million. But there’s been limited discussion about why these facilities actually matter. It’s about more than having guaranteed practice space as main NHL arenas get increasingly booked up by year-round events. … [Read more...] about Seattle’s future hockey hub? Inside the big money — and community — of NHL practice facilities
So, let’s pick a name for the National Hockey League franchise expected to land in the Puget Sound area these next few months. The team might as well splash down in the Sound itself, as potential names floated my way by fans last week included Orcas, Killer Whales, Killer Orcas, Sea Lions, Sockeyes, Steelheads, SeaDogs and Seawolves. Plenty of sea life, which isn’t surprising given geography and the fact our century-old Stanley Cup champion team’s name, Metropolitans, has since been usurped by New York’s second-most-famous baseball squad. What, you thought this would be easy? It isn’t. Picking the Mighty Ducks name in Anaheim to ride the marketing coattails of a Disney movie was easy. Now, our very own Hollywood type, Seattle NHL co-owner and movie producer legend Jerry Bruckheimer, along with team managing partner David Bonderman, must bankroll an expansion launch without a feature film to borrow liberally off of. Actually, some Seattle fans want … [Read more...] about What’s in a name? For Seattle’s future NHL team, more than meets the Sock-eye
Oak View Group and NHL Seattle on Tuesday announced that Skanska Hunt will be the general contractor for a $700 million KeyArena renovation tentatively scheduled to begin by November. The joint venture between global construction firm Skanska, which helped build MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, and AECOM Hunt, is expected to take up to two years to complete the renovation of the 56-year-old facility first built for the 1962 World’s Fair. An environmental impact study currently underway is expected to be complete by late August and a city council vote approving the renovation undertaken by late September. Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke (right) and NHL Seattle President Tod Leiweke (left) confirm new $700M KeyArena reno cost (up from $600M) is due mostly to their own upgrading of premium facilities, which private $ will cover. Say capacity will be 17.4K for #NHL and 18.6K for #NBA. pic.twitter.com/FV2XljEd0Y — Geoff Baker (@GeoffBakerTIMES) July 31, 2018 At that point, the … [Read more...] about KeyArena renovation takes next step with announcement of general contractor Skanska Hunt
The renovation of KeyArena could begin as early as October, and its expected cost is now $700 million, the Seattle City Council heard Thursday. That’s $100 million more than the budget was in December, when the council and Mayor Jenny Durkan approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Los Angeles-based Oak View Group (OVG) for the massive project, which could attract an NHL team soon and possibly an NBA team down the road. But the city won’t be on the hook for the increase from $600 million, said Marshall Foster, director of the Seattle Office of the Waterfront and Civic Projects. Under the MOU and under a development agreement scheduled for a vote by the council in September, OVG would be responsible for the entire cost of the renovation of the city-owned arena, including the recent increase and any additional overruns, he said. OVG is close to naming a contractor for the project and has revised its budget estimate based on talks with that contractor, Foster … [Read more...] about Seattle won’t be on hook for $100 million increase in cost to renovate KeyArena
Judging by hockey-fight videos posted on YouTube, the last guys you’d expect former NHL defenseman Jamie Huscroft to go off fishing with would be Marty McSorley and Owen Nolan. But where the trio of opposing tough guys once punched and bloodied each other into submission on the ice, they’re casting rods together on the Haida Gwaii islands in Huscroft’s native British Columbia this week at a charity tournament to benefit Seattle youth hockey. “Whether you got along on the ice or not, once you get off the ice you all get along,’’ Huscroft said with a chuckle by phone last week while driving up to the tournament. “We’re all friends now.’’ Another major change for Huscroft, 51, the former Seattle Thunderbirds junior star who played 352 regular season NHL games with New Jersey, Boston, Calgary, Tampa Bay, Washington, Vancouver and Phoenix through 1999-2000, is how he earns his living. As director of operations for the non-profit … [Read more...] about Seattle could use more ice rinks. The NHL’s arrival should help.
The tranquil, apple-growing community of Wenatchee doesn’t exactly scream “junior hockey powerhouse.” But the Wenatchee Wild just had as many players drafted to the National Hockey League as the Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans combined. Those latter teams play at a higher rung of junior hockey than the decade-old Wild, which speaks to what’s been accomplished within the north-central Washington town of 33,000 in a short amount of time. “I think Wenatchee is one of the true special places to play junior hockey in North America,’’ said Wild head coach Bliss Littler, who boasts one of the best first names and win totals of any hockey coach. Littler’s team has also become the top destination in this state for junior players ages 16-to-21 hoping to go to college before they turn professional. For the past three seasons, the Wild have suited up in the Junior “A” British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), a … [Read more...] about As recent NHL draftees confirm, Wenatchee has become junior-hockey paradise
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Seattle hockey was front and center in Las Vegas last week at both the NHL annual awards show and the board of governors meeting that preceded it. The awards part was historic for our region as former Seattle Thunderbirds junior star Mathew Barzal, to no one’s surprise, won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league’s top rookie. The New York Islanders center from Coquitlam, B.C., amassed 22 goals and 63 assists last season in becoming the first player from a Seattle-area junior team to capture one of the league’s premier awards. And the pre-awards press briefing by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was interesting for Seattle as well as he hinted at an “aggressive” timeline for renovating KeyArena being a potential stumbling block to an expansion team beginning play by the 2020-21 season. “The timetable on finishing the application and doing what we need to do, we can do that as quickly or as slowly as appropriate,’’ Bettman told reporters. … [Read more...] about From Mathew Barzal to expansion talk, Seattle was Hockeytown in past week
June 24, 2018 8:07 AM Andrei Svechnikov, the Russian forward who was the Carolina Hurricanes' first-round draft pick, will be in Raleigh for the team's prospect development camp. Alex Brandon AP i By Chip Alexander [email protected] LinkedIn Google+ Pinterest Reddit Print Order Reprint of this Story Raleigh The Carolina Hurricanes' sixth annual Summerfest kicked off Sunday, beginning a week that will end Saturday with the Semmerfest Celebration at PNC Arena. The Canes will be conducting the prospect development camp, bringing in most or all of the class from the 2018 Draft, including first-round pick Andrei Svechnikov. Also expected to return is center Martin Necas, the team's first-round draft pick in 2017 who spent the past season playing in his native Czech Republic. Prospect practices open to the public will be held Wednesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m., then Saturday at noon as part of the Summerfest Celebration. All practices are at PNC … [Read more...] about Hurricanes begin Summerfest, prospect camp
Jets receiver receives probation New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson will serve six months of probation following a January arrest in Florida where authorities initially said he tried to speed away from police. Broward County court records show Anderson pleaded no contest Wednesday to misdemeanor reckless driving as part of a deal with prosecutors. The 25-year-old had faced multiple charges, including a felony count of fleeing and eluding police. Those charges were previously dismissed. A Sunrise police report shows Anderson's SUV was stopped after it ran two red lights and was swerving while traveling about 105 mph (170 kph) in a 45 mph zone. Anderson set career highs with 63 catches, 941 yards receiving and seven touchdowns in 2017, his second NFL season. Michigan State interim president apologizes Michigan State University's interim president apologized Thursday for an email remark about one of the gymnasts sexually abused by ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar, the latest sign … [Read more...] about MORNING ROUNDUP: Jets receiver gets probation