While his gamble hasn’t exactly paid off quite yet, it appears as if Bill Foley, the prospective owner of a Las Vegas NHL franchise, was right about the hunger for professional sports in Sin City.
The Las Vegas Sun’s Case Keefer reported that, at a media meeting and question and answer period, Foley told those in attendance the potential Las Vegas club has secured more than 11,500 season ticket pledges. Supplementing those sales are another 1,000 seats snatched up by corporations with an additional 735 suite seats sold. That’s well over the initial goal.
“To me, that’s a statement,” Foley said. “Our goal was 10,000, and we’re still selling tickets.” Read more
After Quebec Remparts coach-GM Philippe Boucher accused Quebec Major Junior League director of officiating Richard Trottier and referee Olivier Gouin of conspiring against his team during Memorial Cup round-robin play earlier this week, many expected Canadian Hockey League brass would come down hard on the former NHL player-turned-bench boss. And many turned out to be right: late Thursday, the league announced it was fining Boucher $10,000 for his outburst. Read more
If the NHL is going to expand or move to Seattle any time soon, someone should probably let arena investor Chris Hansen know about it.
In an interview with the Associated Press Tuesday, Hansen said he hasn’t had a single formal offer with regards to making an NHL team the first occupant of the building, adding that no one has even come forward with a proposal to make a hockey team the first tenant of the potential arena.
“We’ve had a lot of informal discussions with people about this, but us or the city have yet to be presented with any kind of offer,” Hansen told the Associated Press. “I mean any kind of even basic offer that would be the opening point for negotiating something.” Read more
Armchair GMs and their real life counterparts now have a figure to work with when it comes to next season’s salary cap, as commissioner Gary Bettman says the upper limit will be around the $71 million mark.
During Thursday’s broadcast of Game 3 of the Western Conference final on NBC, Bettman said that the boost in the upper limit should be somewhere in the five percent range, but will depend on the strength of the Canadian dollar. The $71 million figure is $2 million dollars less than what was projected by Bettman in December, when he said teams could expect an upper limit closer to $73 million. Read more
As has become post-season tradition across the NHL, the Washington Capitals grew playoff beards as part of their run to the Stanley Cup. And while Washington’s post-season trip ended in the second round, the beards helped the team raise more than $33,700 for the American Special Hockey Association.
As part of what was called the Capitals Beard-A-Thon, and through a process similar to the popular Movember campaign, fans were requested to grow beards along with the team, while others could donate money to those growing facial hair for the playoffs or to the Capitals players themselves. All the proceeds were then donated to the ASHA. Read more
The St. Louis Blues were NHL goaltending legend Martin Brodeur’s final stop as a player, and after the same organization named him assistant GM Wednesday and signed him to a three-year deal, the organization remains his only stop as he continues a management career that began last season. Read more
As the Las Vegas season ticket drive rolls on with numbers reportedly eclipsing the 11,000 seat mark, it seems like ever more certain that Bill Foley’s dream of bringing a team to Nevada will come to fruition. If it does, the team is going to need a place to play, and thanks to video captured by a drone, we can take our first look inside the Las Vegas arena.
The drone flight into the building takes a quick look at the structural progress that is being made. While the arena itself still remains nearly a year away from completion, it’s interesting to see just how big the 17,500 seat arena already looks. Check it out: Read more
NHL players can make tens of millions of dollars in their careers, but the years they can earn such sums are limited. Making the most of that nest egg is important, which is why Michael Peca’s wife Kristin was heartbroken when it became apparent that the man they trusted with their savings may not have been who he seemed.