REPORT: Utah Could Be In Store For An NHL Franchise

Published May 18, 2023 at 11:13 PM
BY DYLAN ROBILLARD
     
Rumors of an NHL expansion into the City of Utah have been swirling for several years now, and it seems that they may soon become a reality. Ryan Smith, one of the owners of Utah's beloved NBA team, the Jazz, has expressed his interest in bringing an NHL franchise to the area.

Over the years, there have been reports indicating that Gary Bettman, the Commissioner of the NHL, has held meetings with representatives from Utah who have shown keen interest in introducing hockey to their market. If the Arizona Coyotes decide to leave their current location in the upcoming weeks, these discussions are expected to gain even more momentum.


The buzz surrounding Utah's potential NHL team gained further traction on Wednesday night when Ryan Smith personally responded to a fan suggesting that the NHL should consider placing a team in Utah. His response? "It's in motion."


As talks continue to heat up, there will undoubtedly be speculation about other potential destinations for the Arizona Coyotes, with Houston possibly being one of the contenders
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