Seattle’s new NHL franchise intends to have its American Hockey League affiliate in Palm Springs as part of a new arena proposed for the city, The Associated Press reports.
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and Oak View Group announced plans in late June to build a privately-funded arena on tribal land in downtown Palm Springs with the intent on serving as the home ice for Seattle’s affiliate.
NHL Seattle and OVG have jointly submitted an application for an expansion AHL franchise, the 32nd for the league, which would begin play in the fall of 2021 at the same time Seattle’s NHL franchise will begin play.
The Palm Springs arena will seat as many as 10,000 fans along with an adjoining training facility. The groups hope to begin constructing the arena in February 2020.