NHL Expands to Utah: New Team to Debut in Salt Lake City’s Delta Center for 2024-25 Season

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Salt Lake City, UT – The National Hockey League is expanding its horizon with the addition of a new franchise in Utah. Setting the stage for its debut in the 2024-25 season, the team will call the Delta Center in Salt Lake City its home, ushering a new era for the sport in the state.

According to the NHL’s announcement, the ownership mantle will be taken up by Smith Entertainment Group, helmed by Ryan and Ashley Smith. The formation of this new team is a strategic move, as the franchise inherits the full reserve list, roster of players, and draft picks from the Arizona Coyotes. However, it is starting afresh, distinct from the Coyotes’ history.

The integration of the Utah team maintains the current divisional alignments, ensuring the NHL’s competitive balance remains intact. With team colors and branding details forthcoming, anticipation is building for what promises to be a significant boost to the local sports landscape and economy. The league and the Smiths express confidence that this expansion will leave a lasting legacy for Utah and hockey enthusiasts alike.

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