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Kings. Avs. Vegas. You should go

May 2, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

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For the Los Angeles Kings, what better way to celebrate the franchise’s first Stanley Cup championship* than with an exhibition game in Las Vegas!

The Kings announced today they’ll be playing their 15th preseason game in Sin City on Saturday, Sept. 29, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Jeff Carter and Mike Richards are currently listed as doubtful (daiquiris).

This year’s game against the Colorado Avalanche – aka Frozen Fury 15 – will be the first in a new five-year contract between the Kings and MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

The Kings played their first preseason contest at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in 1997 against Colorado.

*could happen

  1. govtminion - May 2, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Er… that involves spending money on preseason hockey. Meh.

  2. barroomhero80 - May 2, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    any reason for a Vegas trip is a good reason, especially the Kings! GO KINGS GO!!!

  3. blomfeld - May 2, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    If the Kings win the Cup, then I’m seriously flying down to take in this game in September !

    ps: I’m also taking my clubs with me, as I’ve never golfed in Vegas before :)

  4. kitshky - May 2, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    If the Kings win the Cup, or the Preds win the Cup, or the Rangers …basically if the Cup is won at all this year I’m flying down for this.

    Vegas and hockey. I need to sit down now…

    • AlohaMrHand - May 3, 2012 at 10:24 AM

      I love in Vegas and I go to this every year.The Kings fans there are class acts and quite funny.My on,y gripe is the MGM grand Garden is not even close to being a hockey venue (there’s not even a scoreboard!its a sheet with the scorecard image projected on it!)Maybe one day the city council,will,stop shelving arena plans and get one built here.

      • kitshky - May 3, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        ..and just where do you think that cities going to find someone to back such an expensive venture!? ….

        I can’t agree more. It’s so clearly the first logical step towards acquiring a serious tenant, and it’s not like a smart management team couldnt fill it with events throughout the year..

      • AlohaMrHand - May 3, 2012 at 1:29 PM

        The people in Vegas who could afford to build one have no interest in building one because they aren’t going to do anything that takes away from people sitting in their casinos gambling.As far as a venue goes I’m no fool a pro franchise is never coming here but as far as events the arena would do wonders.First we would keep the national finals rodeo and the pro bullriders tour which makes this city tons of money.Plus big events like UFC or that alleged Mayweather Pacquiao fight they keep teasing(both will be well past their prime when or if it happens) and even perhaps an NCAA opening round.The Thomas and Mack is a nice arena but in dire need of a total renovation as its well past it’s shelf life.

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