If there were any doubts that Seattle has moved to the front of the line for the destination of a relocated NHL team or even for future expansion, they were erased Wednesday when Seattle announced Christopher Hansen's proposal to build a new arena in Seattle's stadium district.
The league has liked Seattle as a possible NHL city but it was lacking two key components -- an arena and an owner.
"It's fair to say professional hockey in the Pacific Northwest is a popular sport, it's been accepted," deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in December when I asked him about Seattle as a relocation possibility. "It has a rich and long tradition."
Now it's also one step closer to breaking ground on an NHL-ready arena.
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