Bill Foley was sitting on a couch at his Las Vegas office across the street from TPC Summerlin and wondered, "Where did the time go?"
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He scored twice. His team won. He was named the Most Valuable Player, got hoisted on the shoulders of his teammates, was handed the keys to a van and, oh yeah, picked up $90,000 for a couple hours' work.
It was supposed to be about goals, goals and more goals. Instead, the NHL All-Star Game turned into an intense, fierce defensive battle worthy of a Stanley Cup Finals game.
Cowboy hats instead of helmets. Guitars for goalie sticks. Celebrity impersonators. Welcome to the NHL Skills Competition, country style.
The NHL always has attempted to make its All-Star Game entertaining and relevant. Sure, it always produces a lot of goals and makes the goaltenders sitting ducks, but it has rarely captured the attention of its fans over the long haul.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Saturday was a big day for the Los Angeles Kings' organization and their fans in Las Vegas.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman had no news to report Saturday regarding expansion. That didn't surprise Bill Foley, the businessman who wants to bring hockey to Las Vegas.
After missing the playoffs last spring, this was supposed to be the Los Angeles Kings' bounce-back season.
First he was in. Then he was out. Then he was back in again. And John Scott couldn't be happier.
The man who is attempting to bring major league professional sports to Las Vegas has no problem sharing the city with the NFL.
Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman apologized for cross-checking a linesman during a game Wednesday night against the Nashville Predators but was suspended for his actions a day later by the NHL.
The NHL continues to proceed cautiously on expansion as the league's 10-member executive committee met Wednesday in New York to discuss what to do next.
Bill Foley isn't the only person with a vision for hockey in Las Vegas. The group behind UNLV's club hockey team wants to elevate it to varsity status. And they have presented a plan to the university to pull it off.
The National Hockey League's executive committee is expected to meet Wednesday in New York for a special session to discuss the bids by Las Vegas and Quebec City to join the NHL for the 2017-18 season.
When it was announced the new MGM/Anschutz Entertainment Group arena being shoehorned in between New York-New York and the Monte Carlo would be called T-Mobile Arena, hardly anybody complained.
Bill Foley is not normally a patient guy. "But in this case, I have to stay patient," he said. That has been Foley's mantra since July 20, when the billionaire businessman filed his formal application for an NHL expansion team.
The clock was winding down, the puck on his stick, time for perhaps one good deke, one last chance to salvage a must-needed win.
UNLV now apparently has an important ally in its efforts to bring NCAA-sanctioned events back to Las Vegas.
The NHL is still deliberating whether or not it wants to expand beyond its current 30-team league. For Bill Foley, the man who wants to bring Las Vegas its first professional major league sports franchise, it means remaining patient and respecting the process.
Bill Foley is not getting his NHL team today. But the billionaire businessman is staying busy making preparations for when and if the day comes that the league decides to put a team in Las Vegas.
The New York Rangers partnered with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to sign 8-year-old Kayleigh Petersen to a special one-day contract for their "Garden of Dreams Night" at Madison Square Garden, Inside Edition reports.
Bill Foley knows he's playing a waiting game with the NHL in his attempt to bring an expansion franchise to Las Vegas. But with the news coming out of Seattle about two possible arena proposals, it's possible that Foley may have to wait a little longer.
A week after NHL officials confirmed there are no plans to vote on whether or not to expand at next month's Board of governors meeting, commissioner Gary Bettman was pumping the brakes on the entire notion of growing the league by one or more teams anytime soon.
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