Seattle NHL franchise boosters gain commitments for 25,000 season tickets in an hour

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      The Emerald City is hockey mad.

      That's the only conclusion one can make after boosters of a Seattle NHL franchise received deposits for 10,000 season tickets within 12 minutes of the launch of a selling drive today.

      An hour later, there were commitments for 25,000 season tickets.

      Investors hoping to land an NHL franchise in Seattle include Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer and the Oak View Group.

      According to Sports Illustrated, the prospective Seattle team's ownership group has already filed an application to the league, along with the required $10-million deposit.

      They're hoping that the team will be on the ice at Key Arena during the 2020-21 NHL season.

      It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that ticket sales were brisk.

      After all, Forbes magazine has already declared that Seattle has more billionaires than any other city in the United States.

      They include the two richest: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates. 

      Other Seattle-area billionaires include former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, and Starbucks kingpin Howard Schultz.