Las Vegas awarded NHL franchise
The NHL is coming to Vegas baby, Vegas. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday in the ballroom of Encore at Wynn Las Vegas that the League has granted an expansion franchise to Las Vegas that will start playing as its 31st team in the 2017-18 season. The Las Vegas franchise was approved in a unanimous vote conducted during the Board of Governors meeting here Wednesday. The NHL becomes the first of the four major North American professional sports leagues to put a team in Las Vegas.