2014 - Rumors of Hockey in Vegas

Rumors of a Las Vegas expansion team surfaced again in August 2014, prospecting a new indoor arena on the Strip (built as a joint venture between Anschutz Entertainment Group, owners of the Los Angeles Kings, and MGM Resorts International) as the potential home arena. The Vancouver newspaper The Province reported that a Las Vegas team was a “done deal”, but deputy commissioner Bill Daly denied claims that the NHL had plans to expand. On November 12, 2014, it was reported by the New York Post that the league had selected the Maloof family—former owners of the National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings, and a minority owner of the Palms Casino Resort—along with Bill Foley, to lead the ownership group for a Las Vegas expansion team. However, neither Foley, the Maloofs, AEG, or MGM commented on the speculation. Daly was reportedly in Las Vegas for a meeting, and had checked on the progress on the new arena; Daly again denied that the NHL had any plans to expand and that the league had “not discussed or identified potential ownership groups publicly.”