NHL Franchise Coming to Seattle

Bettman on NHL Franchise

Seattle Awarded NHL’s 32nd Franchise

SEA ISLAND, GA – Seattle is officially an NHL City! The announcement was made this morning by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman…

The ownership group has been courting the NHL for the past two years, trying to secure an arena deal as well as the necessary funding to prove Seattle could host a franchise…

The expansion franchise fee to join the NHL is 650-million dollars. Add that to the costs of re-envisioning Seattle Center Arena and we’re talking about 1.4-billion dollars to bring hockey to Seattle. The next step is to name the team, which I’m sure will begin very soon.

Seattle Trades Away Cano, Diaz, Segura & Others

As one professional franchise will begin play in the 2021-22 season in Seattle, another existing team is building towards that year as well. The Seattle Mariners and General Manager Jerry Dipoto has shipped out more All Star talent banking on the future…
The team announced Monday afternoon that it traded away both Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz to the Mets in exchange for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn and Gerson Bautista. Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto says it’s all about building for the future…

With a youth movement in mind, Dipoto admitted it was hard to give up Seattle’s closer in Edwin Diaz, but said you have to look at the market…

In addition Monday, the Mariners sent Jean Segura, James Pazos and Juan Nicasio to the Phillies for veterans J.P. Crawford and Carlos Santana.

Since becoming the General Manager in Seattle in 2015, Jerry Dipoto has now made 84 deals. The latest round is what Dipoto believes will build the Mariners towards a playoff run in 2021. For Mariner fans, that’s three more years added to the 17 they’ve already endured without their team making the post-season.

Chelan at Cashmere and Cascade at Okanogan in CTL

Coming up on the prep schedule tonight, first in girls basketball…
In Caribou Trail League action, Chelan plays at Cashmere while Cascade is on the road at Okanogan. Both of those games tip it up at 5:45. At 6, Manson plays host to Soap Lake. And in Waterville at 6:30, the Shockers play host to Liberty Bell.

On the boy’s slate tonight…
Cashmere hosts Chelan at 7:15. That is the same start time for the Kodiaks and Bulldogs in Okanogan. Manson and Soap Lake start at 7:30 in the Trojan’s gymnasium. And it’s an 8pm start time for the Mountain Lions and Shockers as Liberty Bell plays at Waterville-Mansfield.

Davis at Wenatchee Wrestling LIVE tonight on NCWLIFE

The Big 9 hits the mats tonight in wrestling action…
Eastmont is on the road for its first Big 9 league match at West Valley at 7 o’clock. It’s also a 7 o’clock start time for Wenatchee at home versus Davis. We’ll have that LIVE on the NCWLIFE Channel with Eric Granstrom calling the action, so be sure to tune in for that.

Eastmont and Wenatchee Host in Big 9 Bowling

There’s also some Big 9 girls bowling taking place this afternoon at Eastmont Lanes…
Eastmont will face Moses Lake while Wenatchee takes on Selah. Both those matches begin at 2 o’clock.

NCWLIFE Features Wrestling Tonight, Hockey Thursday

Again, here’s a reminder of what sports we’re broadcasting this week on the NCWLIFE Channel…
As we mentioned, wrestling is on tonight at 7. Then Hockey Night Thursday features Penticton and Wenatchee at 7. Friday’s reserved for the ladies with the Wenatchee girls hosting Ferris at 5:30.

We’ll re-air the Cashmere-Eastmont boys basketball game Saturday at 2 followed by the Wild and Nanaimo from earlier this season at 7. Then on Sunday, watch girls bowling between Eastmont and Wenatchee at 2 followed by Merritt and the Wenatchee Wild at 7.

Wild to Battle for 1st Place in Home-and-Home with Vees

The Wild will host Penticton at the Town Toyota Center in a battle for first place in the BCHL’s Interior Division Friday. I ran into Josh Arnold and PJ Fletcher at the Pink at the Rink painting party last night and asked about the six game winning streak and if the team is starting to hit its stride…

The Wild and Vees play a home-and-home Friday and Saturday, with the first game here and the second game in Penticton.