Poker star wants to bring hockey to Las Vegas

Published May. 27, 2015 3:06 p.m. EDT

Poker star Daniel Negreanu is a leading advocate for potential NHL expansion to Las Vegas. The 40-year-old has been more vocal in recent weeks about the potential for having a professional sports team in town, telling The Hockey Writers, "There are 2.2 million people in Las Vegas starving for a professional sports team. The base is there. Sure there is no hockey culture in Las Vegas at the moment, but wasn’t that true of thriving franchises like the San Jose Sharks?"

While Negreanu is making his push to have a franchise created in his home city, his involvement in the ownership of a team would be restricted to a minority level. "I really like the prospective owner Bill Foley and I’m confident that hockey will work in Vegas." Foley is the head of Fidelity National Financial, and recently purchased a home in Las Vegas, which certainly points to the possibility of owning a team near his home.

(h/t The Hockey Writers)

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