Las Vegas Expected to be Announced as One of NHL’s ‘Hub’ Cities

Jesse Pantuosco
June 13, 2020 - 11:28 am

The NHL is moving closer to a return with one of the two “hub” cities already revealed. Though it won’t be officially announced for another week, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal hears 12 of the league’s 24 playoff teams are heading to Sin City.

Per Katsilometes, MGM Resorts is keeping some of its hotels off the market in anticipation of the NHL’s return this summer. The league is reportedly targeting non-gaming, non-smoking hotels for its players, leaving Delano and Vdara as the most likely hosts. Similar to the NBA’s plan for a “bubble” environment in Orlando, players will largely be isolated upon their return, shuttling back and forth between hotels, area practice facilities and T-Mobile Arena, home of the Vegas Golden Knights and presumably where the league will hold its games. To assure the proper resources, teams assigned to the Vegas hub are expected to be housed in two separate hotels.

The NHL plans to officially unveil its hub cities on June 22. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, Toronto is the “preferred destination” for the league’s second host city, though Canada’s required 14-day quarantine for anyone entering the country could complicate that pursuit. Other options would include Columbus, Pittsburgh, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Unlike the NBA, which plans to stage eight regular-season contests before beginning its postseason, the NHL’s remaining 24 teams will immediately advance to the playoffs. The Devils, Ducks, Kings, Red Wings, Sabres, Senators and Sharks are the only teams not participating in the league’s expanded postseason.

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