The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe in Washington State has been named the official partner and sponsor of newly formed professional ice hockey team NHL Seattle.
Oak View Group-owned NHL Seattle will begin playing in the 2021–22 NHL season, competing as a member club of the league's Pacific Division in the Western Conference.
NHL Seattle and the tribe's Muckleshoot Casino celebrated the signing of the partnership with a blessing song performed at the site of the New Arena at Seattle Center, soon-to-be home of the franchise.
“It is a good day to come here with a good heart to represent not only my people but all indigenous people of our region,” said Muckleshoot Indian Tribal Council vice chairman Donny Stevenson. "To be able to partner and work with NHL Seattle on the ultimate goal to bring an NHL franchise to Seattle is truly exciting.”
Muckleshoot Casino general manager Conrad Granito said: “This day is truly empowering. Muckleshoot gaming is the economic engine that has created economic independence and self-sufficiency for the Tribe over the last 25 years and also benefited many areas of South King County. It provides resources needed to improve the tribal community's quality of life, preserve its culture and lays the groundwork for a bright future.”