NHL All-Star game, draft to come to Seattle in coming years

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SEATTLE (AP) SEATTLE (AP) - The NHL is giving Seattle's future franchise a reward for its investment in bringing the league's 32nd franchise to the city.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday the league has promised Seattle it will host the All-Star Game within its first seven seasons, with the team slated to begin play in 2021-22. Bettman also says Seattle will host the NHL draft, and that event will likely be awarded before the All-Star Game arrives.