Seattle's new NHL team to have AHL affiliate in Palm Springs, report says

Palm Springs is about to get a little icy.

The Southern California city is expected to be the new home of the AHL affiliate of Seattle’s new NHL team, The Associated Press reported.

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and Oak View Group said they have plans to build an arena in Palm Springs, where the AHL team will play. Seattle and Oak View Group both have submitted applications for permission to have the AHL team.

“Palm Springs, the idea of a new arena, a thriving community with snowbirds, connected to the other teams in southern California, there were a whole bunch of things that ultimately gave the partnership confidence that this was the right thing,” NHL Seattle president and CEO Tod Leiweke said Wednesday. “We’re not there yet. All we’ve done is file an application.”

Seattle’s unnamed team will begin play during the 2021 season and is the 32nd NHL team in the league. The plan for the Palm Springs AHL team is to have it ready at the same time.

According to The Seattle Times, the project for the new arena in Palm Springs will cost $250 million, will seat 10,000 fans and have an adjoining training facility. The project is expected to break ground in February 2020.

Seattle also looked into acquiring an existing farm team, but decided to start its own, instead.

Oak View Group is the same company that is rebuilding KeyArena to house the Seattle NHL team. The project is estimated to cost $930 million.