Application filed for Seattle NHL expansion team

A group hoping to bring professional hockey to Seattle filed an application Tuesday for an NHL expansion team to play at a renovated KeyArena, per Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times.

Led by billionaire David Bonderman and Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer - both part of the Oak View Group based in Los Angeles - the group is planning a $600 million renovation of the arena and also a $10 million fee to the NHL as part of its application. The hope is that KeyArena will be fully functional for hockey by the 2020-2021 season.

An NHL league source confirmed the application and payment, according to Baker, and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the bid had been filed. 

The NHL announced in December that it would accept an expansion application from Seattle at a price of $650 million, and also authorize a season ticket drive to begin some point this year to gauge public interest in a potential franchise.

No additional details regarding the season ticket drive have come out since December, but more information should be coming soon now that the application has officially been filed.