The NHL pause has extended to almost every aspect of the League, and that includes the 32nd franchise.
The new organization in Seattle was expected to release its name sometime in April but the announcement will be pushed back, according to the Sports Business Journal.
The Seattle franchise will join the NHL ahead of the 2021-22 season and expect to play their home games at the renovated KeyArena.
Late Tuesday evening, the Ottawa Senators announced that an unidentified player tested positive for COVID-19. It was the first confirmation of a positive test within the NHL since the coronavirus pandemic started to spread across the globe.
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During the “Drive to 13,” True North Sports and Entertainment implied that they would unveil Winnipeg’s new team name right after that sales drive was complete. That didn’t happen, of course, but there are rumblings that we’ll finally be able to fill in the blank sometime today.
The latest word from TSN is that True North plans to announce the new team name before making their first draft pick (the seventh selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft). Could the new team hand out jerseys with their new team logo during the draft itself? That much remains unclear, so we will just need to wait and see.
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Update: If Elliotte Friedman of the CBC is correct, then the masses in Winnipeg will get what they wanted: to return of the Winnipeg Jets.