Seattle will get to host draft, all-star game: Gary Bettman
Bettman said the league has promised Seattle it will host all-star weekend 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. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, middle, joins deputy commissioner Bill Daly, left, and Tod Leiweke, right, president and CEO of the Seattle Hockey Partners group for a news conference in Seattle. Bettman said the NHL has promised Seattle it will host the hockey all-star game within its first seven seasons. Seattle team president and CEO Tod Leiweke said the goal is to have a name announced by the middle of 2019.