NHL may soon bring hockey to another warm-weather locale
May 24, 2018 9:17 AM
by Robert Mann
Houston and the NHL may soon be seeking to follow the example of the Vegas Golden Knights and bring the league to another warm-weather locale.
ESPN hockey contributor Greg Wyshynski says Las Vegas demonstrates hockey can work anywhere. "Hockey can connect with a community in a place that doesn't necessarily have it as a natural fit geographically."
Wyshynski says it's more about market size than a history of hockey.
He says the top media markets in the United States except Houston and Atlanta are hockey towns. (The San Jose Sharks are considered part of the San Francisco/Oakland market. Las Vegas is the 40th largest media market)
According to Wyshynski, the next expansion city is Seattle, but the Arizona Coyotes have been in financial trouble for years and they could be moved to the Texas.
Billionaire Houston Rockets' owner Tilman Fertitta, owner of the Golden Nugget properties in Las Vegas and Laughlin, as well in Atlantic City, and operator of the Toyota Center complex in Houston, is viewed as an extremely viable potential owner on an NHL team.