July 08, 2011
Now word comes that there are plans for an arena to be built in a Seattle suburb that could house an NHL team, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The main focus of the plan is to try and lure an NHL team to Seattle, the online newspaper reports.
"From what I hear, we are talking about a private project in Bellevue," said Chris Daniels, a reporter for KING/5, the paper reports.
The Post-Intelligencer notes that "reports surfaced last week that Donald Levin, a Chicago tobacco merchant and movie producer, recently visited the Seattle area and expressed interest in a real estate development that would include an arena." Levin, by the way, owns the Chicago Wolves, a minor league affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks.
Daniels also said that he recently spoke with deputy NHL commissioner Bill Daly, who told him that "there is a group interested in bringing hockey to the Seattle area," but "he didn't want to get into too much detail."