Will NHL expand to 32 teams? In 2018, the NHL Board of Governors awarded a franchise to Seattle. The team, as yet unnamed, will play its first season in 2021-22, bringing the league to 32 teams.
What are the two newest teams in the NHL?
- 2000: With the addition of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild, the League reaches 30 teams.
- 2016: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announces the addition of a franchise in Las Vegas that will begin play in the 2017-18 season, bringing the NHL to 31 teams.
What NHL team is coming in 2022? SEA ISLAND, Ga. — The National Hockey League announced today that it has granted an expansion franchise to Seattle. The League’s 32nd franchise, which will begin play in 2021-22, was approved in a unanimous vote by the NHL’s Board of Governors during a meeting today in Sea Island, Ga.
What is the next NHL expansion team? In 1992 the league had 24 teams and in 2021, the Seattle Kraken joined the NHL as the 32nd team after expansion fees of $650 million. The league is now made up of 25 teams from the U.S. and 7 from Canada.