After the success of the Vegas Golden Knights in their inaugural season in the NHL, attention is starting to turn to where next?
Seattle is the biggest rumour, with a season ticket drive that reached 25,000 sold in just an hour earlier this year.
Now, former Dallas Stars & Arizona Coyotes coach Dave Tippett has been hired as a senior adviser of the group run by businessman Tod Leiweke.
Tippett will help oversee development across all areas of the potential franchise, including securing an AHL affiliate team, as well as the construction of a training facility with at least two-years before they could become the next expansion team in the NHL.
Seattle are currently in the process of renovating KeyArena with hopes of joining the NHL for the 2020-21 season, with commissioner Gary Bettman saying the board of governors could vote to approve the 32nd franchise as early as this autumn.
“There are a lot of things that got in before you start selecting players,” Tippett said in an article published by TSN. “Just lots of little things from the hockey side that I’ll be involved in, just helping to try and get the thing up and moving.”
Tippett also hasn’t ruled out potentially becoming the teams first Head Coach if they are brought into the NHL in the next few years.