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The Passion Is Evident: NHL In Seattle Is Popular Prospect

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In this computer drawing provided by the Oak View Group, the planned appearance of the remodeled KeyArena in Seattle. The group hopes to break ground by the end of 2018. Oak View Group released new renderings of the remodeled arena on Mon., Feb. 26, 2018.

A big response this week to the effort to bring the NHL to Seattle. A lot of people made refundable deposits on season tickets, even though a hockey team has not yet been secured. 10,000 deposits were made in 12 minutes!

It’s the topic of this week’s chat between KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition Host Kirsten Kendrick.

Thiel was among the reporters gathered on the roof of the Space Needle Thursday for the raising of the NHL Seattle flag. Also Thursday, a total of 30,000 deposits were made for season tickets.

"They had a tremendous boost this week of success  in getting these season ticket deposits and showing what passion there is for hockey in Seattle," Thiel said.

The city is expected to learn in June whether an expansion team is coming to Seattle. Then, an environmental impact statement (EIS) must be completed.

Barring any litigation stemming from the EIS, ground is expected to be broken on construction at KeyArena this fall.

Read Art's Sportspress Northwest story here.

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Kirsten Kendrick hosts Morning Edition on KNKX and the sports interview series "Going Deep," talking with folks tied to sports in our region about what drives them — as professionals and people.
Art Thiel is a co-founder and writer for the rising sports website Sportspress Northwest. In 2003 Thiel wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,” which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with Steve Rudman and KJR 950 afternoon host Mike Gastineau, Thiel authored “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists,” a cross between and Mad Magazine that has become mandatory reading for any sports fan who has an indoor bathroom.