On Wednesday in Las Vegas, the NHL Board of Governors authorized the undertaking of a formal process to evaluate expansion of the league. The NHL will make applications available starting on Monday, July 6, and applications should be filed no later than Monday, August 10.
“The fact that we are beginning this process does not necessarily mean that any expansion teams will be granted as a result of this process,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said.
Las Vegas and Seattle are two cities that immediately come to mind as both have recently expressed public interest in being home to an NHL club. The League also indicated that Milwaukee and Portland have shown interest in the past.
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