LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Outdoor hockey on the Las Vegas Strip? That appears to be in the works when the NHL All-Star game hits town in February, according to a report released today by ESPN.
Two new skills competition events could take place near the Bellagio, which has been involved in discussions between the NHL, officials and police, according to a report by Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.
The NHL has put together the plan to accompany the All-Star Game, which will be played at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, February 5. The skills competitions would take place on Friday, February 4 and will require a partial shutdown of part of the Las Vegas Strip.
The events will be inspired by Las Vegas and are still forming, a source told ESPN.
Parts of the skills competition would still take place inside the T-Mobile Arena, including the hardest shot and fastest skater events.
The Golden Knights could be very different by the time the All-Star Game arrives, with reports today that Mark Stone “is participating with us and looking good,” according to VGK head coach Pete DeBoer.
Max Pacioretty is “out of his boot and his weight,” and William Karlsson “is still a few weeks behind Pacioretty,” DeBoer said.
Jack Eichel’s timeline remains to be seen, with surgery scheduled very soon.
The Knights face the Minnesota Wild tonight at T-Mobile Arena. The puck is handed in at 7 p.m.