The climate of uncertainty caused by the pandemic coronavirus cause a lot of headaches in the national hockey League. Result: a folder such as the arrival of a new team in Seattle, scheduled for the season 2021-2022, has necessarily gone down in the priority list of the commissioner Gary Bettman.
Even the disclosure of the name and colors of the club, which was planned over the last few months, has not occurred.
Anyway, the people involved in Seattle remain optimistic and confident. This is also the case of Dave Tippett, who has been a councillor for nearly a year for the new organization before being hired as the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, in may 2019.
“This will be a franchise phenomenal, has promised Tippett, quoted by the web site of the national hockey League. The owners are solid. Seattle is a beautiful city and there are a lot of leadership with the president and ceo Tod Leiweke.”
Help the community
About Leiweke, he is not fooled. The business man knows well that he himself would live in exciting times in the spring of 2020, but the time has come to readjust the shot and do his part in this health crisis, particularly on the West coast of the United States.
“We know that better days are to come, but we want to help do our part in this period of uncertainty, he said, earlier this week, on the site LNH.com. Our dreams for an NHL team and a new arena in Seattle are born of a strong collaboration and a partnership with the city to create something powerful and sustainable for our community. In this spirit, we are committed to giving back and to support the people.”
Groups of NHL Seattle and Oak View have made a donation of $ 1 million to help those who are directly or indirectly affected by the pandemic of sars coronavirus. The most important part of this donation is in the form of coupons of$ 800 available to 1000 workers to buy food and essential goods.
Respectful and sensitive
In this context, the name of the team can wait a while as the colors.
“We know that many people are very excited about the name, we hear you, stated the general manager Ron Francis on this subject, earlier this month. We are excited, too. We also know that many people in our community face big challenges. We want to be respectful and sensitive and choosing the right moment to share our name with everyone.”
Another challenge : it is also necessary to complete the construction of the new arena located at Seattle Center, the opening of which is always scheduled in the summer of 2021.