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‘We’re ready to bring back a team’: Durkan meets with NHL Commissioner

Mayor Jenny Durkan said she was "thrilled" to share the city's excitement to bring an NHL team to Seattle.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman ahead of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington D.C. this week.

Durkan tweeted she was “thrilled to share Seattle’s excitement for the @NHL” with Bettman.

“Bringing the NHL to the new Seattle Center Arena is an opportunity of a lifetime for Seattle,” Durkan said in a statement. “There’s no doubt that Seattle is the best sports town in the country with passionate hockey fans.”

Durkan even sparked up an early rivalry with Vancouver, British Columbia: “We’re ready to bring back a team and the Stanley Cup. Ready for us @Canucks?” Durkan tweeted.

The NHL agreed in December to accept and consider an application for an expansion in Seattle.

Durkan is one of nearly 250 mayors attending the conference’s winter meeting this week, which aims to strengthen federal-city relationships and promote effective development of national city policy.