Construction delays could push Seattle NHL expansion back 1 year, league says

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SEATTLE (CNN) - Seattle may have to wait an extra year for the National Hockey League. An article published by the NHL on Monday casts doubt on whether KeyArena will be ready for hockey for the 2020 season and the league apparently does not want to start the season in an alternate arena.

"They've mentioned that possibility, but I don't think that's an ideal way to bring in an expansion franchise by playing in an alternate venue for any period of time, really," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in the article. "We'll see how that plays out. I know they have an interest in starting in '20-21 and we'd like the accommodate them any way we can."

The league's Board of Governors will meet Dec. 3-4 in Sea Island, Georgia. Daly expects the board to make a final decision on Seattle.

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