SEATTLE | Fans abuzz after NHL awards its 32nd franchise to Seattle

SEATTLE | Fans abuzz after NHL awards its 32nd franchise to Seattle

SEATTLE— John Barr understood it was likely a foregone conclusion and yet as NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman spoke nearly 3,000 miles away, he found himself getting emotional watching the televisions in the packed bar.

Barr was among fans watching Tuesday morning as Seattle was awarded an NHL expansion franchise following a unanimous vote by the Board of Governors in Sea Island, Georgia, ending a lengthy dance between the league and the city that will finally see professional hockey return to the city.

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