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Las Vegas approved as NHL's 31st franchise, will begin play in 2017-18 season

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:23:35 +0000

4E Sports Staff

NY, NY, United States (NewsBahn) - Las Vegas has been approved as the NHL's 31st franchise and will begin play in 2017-18 season, according to league officials who approved the move Wednesday.

The T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip is where the team will play.

The Las Vegas franchise will take one player from each team for a total of 30 players, with 20 or more being under contract for the 2017-18 season.

The includes at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders .

League officials are excited over the move, selecting Las Vegas over Quebec for an expansion team.

"In the fall of 2017, when we celebrate the 100th birthday of the NHL, we will do so as a League of 31 teams," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "We are pleased to welcome (team owner_ Bill Foley and the city of Las Vegas to the League and are truly excited that an NHL franchise will be the first major professional sports team in this vibrant, growing, global destination city.

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild, who started play in the 2000-01 season, were the last additions to the NHL.

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