Outspoken retired hockey star Jeremy Roenick was in Seattle Monday to discuss being involved in ownership of a potential expansion NHL franchise in the city, according to a report.
Seattle TV station KING5 claims Roenick is interested in working with hedge fund manager Chris Hansen, the man attempting to bring an NBA franchise back to the Pacific northwest. Roenick, who brought an investment team with him to Seattle for the meeting, wants to be the "front man" for the NHL franchise, the report said.
In the past, Roenick, a nine-time NHL all-star, has been involved in efforts to relocate one of his former teams, the Phoenix Coyotes, to Seattle.
Hansen and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman have had previous meetings about the possibility of bringing the NHL to Seattle. As recent as last week, Bettman has said the league is always open to hearing pitches from potential new ownership groups but is not actively looking to expand its current 30-team league.
Hansen has put in plenty of time and energy into an NBA franchise dream, which featured a failed attempt to bring the Sacramento Kings to town in September. NBA owners rejected his $625 million franchise bid.
Seattle was home to the SuperSonics from 1967 to 2008, before relocating to Oklahoma City.