While he awaits word that the NHL is expanding to Las Vegas, Bill Foley has shifted gears in finding a place for his team’s practice facility.
The billionaire businessman, who is behind the Las Vegas expansion team bid, plans to build a two-sheet facility off Far Hills Avenue near Interstate-215 in Summerlin on land that is owned by the Howard Hughes Corporation and is in the city of Las Vegas.
Originally, Foley was looking at a site at Warm Springs Road and Durango Drive off I-215 and was going to partner with Clark County at that site. But with the process going slower than he had anticipated, Foley decided to go in a different direction.
He wants his practice rink ready in time for the 2017-18 season, which is the target date for Las Vegas to begin play if the NHL decides to approve expansion.
Foley said he didn’t want to until the project is finalized in a few weeks. A source close to the situation that wasn’t authorized to be identified said there are still several issues that need to be worked out before the project can proceed.
Foley made his decision about three weeks ago and informed the county of his intentions to go elsewhere. Howard Hughes Corporation spokesman Tom Warden said the company had no comment about the project and partnership with Foley.
The proposed practice facility could be expanded to include four ice sheets. There will be locker rooms, coaches’ offices, a video room and bleachers. The plan is to have youth and high school hockey use the rinks when the team isn’t practicing in keeping with Foley’s commitment to help grow the game at the grassroots level in town.
Las Vegas City manager Betsy Fretwell said the plan still needs approval by the city council but the city isn’t getting into the hockey rink business.
“The beauty of it is it’s a private-private deal,” Fretwell said. “We don’t own the proposed facility nor would we be running it.
“We still have to work out an agreement with Howard Hughes Corporation and things still have to be worked through procedurally. But we’ve been talking too both the Foley group and Howard Hughes and we’re hoping we can get everything done in the next few weeks so the project can move forward.”
According to Fretwell, that land which Howard Hughes owns off Far Hills is already zoned for building a recreational project such as a skating rink.
Clark County commissioner Steve Sisolak said the move caught him by surprise.
“We had been working very hard with Bill on this and I even wrote (NHL commissioner) Gary Bettman a letter about the project,” Sisolak said. “I thought the Warm Springs-Durango location was a great spot for his practice facility. It’s disappointing, but I still hope we get a team and I’m not giving up my season tickets.”
Sisolak said a soccer complex would likely be built on the site, which also is zoned for recreational use.
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I have 2 seats reserved for 3 years if this does happen.. Not sure if I want to see it come to fruition or not...
As mentioned, the Capitals dropped a 3-2 decision to the New York Rangers on Friday. Another game in which they got down 2-0 and had to claw their way back to tie the game but this time Derek Stepan scored 17 seconds into the third to seal the victory for the Rangers. Antti Raanta made 32 saves in the victory in the 3-2 victory.
Washington has now played in nine straight one goal games, winning six of them. As we talked about in our post All-Star game video, stay away from the Caps or certainly stay away from them on the NHL odds boards. This advice is starting to pay off as you now should have won nine straight going against the Caps on the puck line.
I think most teams are starting to figure out that if you keep the Caps off the power play you have a chance to be close at the end. Washington has converted 23.9% of their power play opportunities and has scored one in each of the last four games.
The trends are with Boston. Against the Metropolitan Division the Bruins have had a tremendous amount of success supporting a 44-18 record.
The Bruins are extremely well conditioned which is evident by their 12-3 record in their last 15 games.
Hope he is correct in his analysis.. Keep Ovie off the powerplay so he may have to skate around some.. Oh no, wait; He will just stand at the blue line while the rest of the team plays NHL hockey..
I would want to be just like Alexander Ovechkin.....
All he has to do is stand there, at the hash marks, holding his stick with two hands below his waist, expending no energy, waiting for the puck, so he can take his shot... That's what I want to do.... Never going in the corners or having to play the boards so I might get hurt.....
In the second period yesterday, he went below the hash marks once in the defensive zone... Hardly ever crossed the blue line and just waited for the puck to come his way...
What a guy.... My only problem with Chicago was that they never hit the '' goal scoring king '' even though he hit the Hawks players on numerous occasions.......
If the choke Capitals do get out of the east, they will have to play a western team that hits, except of course, the talented but sissy Blackhawks..That's if they ''of course'' don't choke .''again''..
The Bottom Line
Pittsburgh is a money line home favorite and has won seven of eight home games. The Pens are 23-8 if the opposing team is coming off contest in which they scored five or more times while Tampa Bay is 1-6 if the team they are facing just did the same exact thing.
The home team has won six straight in this series and the OVER is a perfect 7-0 in the Steel City. The numbers are too strong to play anything different.