Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vegas Bets on Big Ticket Sales

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vegas Bets on Big Ticket Sales

Article excerpt

Canadian poker star Daniel Negreanu knows a thing or two about odds.

And this Toronto native and lifelong hockey fan likes Las Vegas' chances of getting an NHL team. Prospective owner Bill Foley and his company, Hockey Vision Las Vegas LLC, get to prove it beginning today when the VegasWantsHockey season-ticket drive begins.

The goal is to get at least 10,000 full-season deposits to show there is significant interest in an expansion team starting in the 2016-17 season. Negreanu is part of the "Founding 75," a group of locals helping sell NHL hockey to those in Las Vegas and surrounding areas.

He has his four season tickets reserved and has sold plenty of others.

A well-funded and strong ownership group is in place, led by Foley and brothers Joe and Gavin Maloof. An arena that will seat 17,500 for hockey is expected to be completed by the spring of 2016. The next step is to gauge fan interest.

Sharks

San Jose re-acquired goaltender Evgeni Nabokov from the Tampa Bay Lightning for future considerations, and he is expected to retire as a Sharks player Wednesday at a news conference. …

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