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Statements, social media reaction to Vegas hockey team announcement

Posted at 1:56 PM, Jun 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 17:52:53-04

Reactions from public officials and reactions on social media to announcement about hockey team in Las Vegas.

Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement after the National Hockey League (NHL) Board of Governors unanimously approved an expansion team for Las Vegas:

“Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and the perfect venue for professional sports. I applaud the NHL and community leaders for working so hard to bring a professional hockey team to southern Nevada. This NHL expansion team will be a boon for the economy and finally give Las Vegans and sports fans throughout the Silver State a professional hometown team they can proudly rally behind.

“As this announcement shows, the stigma associated with Las Vegas and professional sports is entirely unfounded. I look forward to doing everything I can to ensuring this project is a success and continuing to grow and diversify Nevada’s economic and entertainment landscape.”


Governor Brian Sandoval today released the following statement after the National Hockey League (NHL) announced its selection of Las Vegas, Nevada as the official city for its expansion team.
“I would like to congratulate Bill Foley, the National Hockey League, and MGM Resorts on the fantastic news that Southern Nevada has been selected as the home to a professional hockey team. Nevada is once again one of the fastest growing states in the nation and our economic diversification efforts are helping Las Vegas establish itself as a dynamic destination for business, travel and now professional sports,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “On behalf of the State of Nevada, thank you for acknowledging the depth of our communities and further cementing Las Vegas’s designation as the global entertainment capital of the world.”

The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce applauds the decision by the National Hockey League to grant an expansion team to Las Vegas, and is issuing the following statement of support:

“The selection of Las Vegas as home to a new National Hockey League team is great news for our city. An NHL team will not only broaden the types of attractions that visitors and residents alike can experience in the Entertainment Capital of the World to include major league sports, but also it will help create new jobs and expand opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs. The Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome NHL hockey to Las Vegas, and to have worked with the “Vegas Wants Hockey” organization by hosting an event in 2015 to build business community enthusiasm and support for an expansion team.” Kristin McMillan, president and CEO, Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce

Congresswoman Dina Titus released the following statement after the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors unanimously approved an expansion team in Las Vegas.

“Today’s announcement by the NHL is great news for Nevada. There is no better time than now and no better place than the entertainment capital of the world for one of the most fast-paced, action-packed, and exciting professional sports leagues. This new team and its hockey nights in Las Vegas will help build local pride, community spirit, and civic comradery. It will also create jobs, attract visitors, and help revitalize our economy. I want to thank the NHL and everyone who has helped bring hockey to the Silver State and look forward to watching the puck drop in the heart of my district.”

Statement from Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak:

“After years of hard work and a tense week of waiting for the official word we can finally exhale,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak, who was the first person to put down a deposit on season tickets for the hockey team. “This is truly a gift to our community. A gift that will bring years of excitement and joy to generations of sports fans. On behalf of all Southern Nevadans, I want to thank the NHL Board of Governors and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman for their confidence in our community. I also want to thank Bill Foley, the Maloof family, every single member of the Las Vegas Founding 75, MGM Resorts, the 14,000-plus season ticket holders, and everyone who played a part in bringing the NHL to our city. We have made it to The Show! I wish we could see the first puck drop tomorrow.”