It’s one of the silliest arguments anyone can make about the city of Las Vegas and why it will or will not succeed or not as home to an NHL franchise, but it won’t seem to go away. It’s the notion Las Vegas offers so many off-ice distractions that both home and visiting players will be unable to maintain focus on hockey.
Hockey reporting’s top Josh, Josh Cooper of Puck Daddy, asked the same basic question to a number of NHL players and not surprisingly, because NHL players aren’t complete morons, got similar answer from every single one.
The question was, “Are you worried about distractions?” Here were a couple of the answers…
There’s distractions in every city and in Nashville there’s distractions for the opposing teams. But if you go to Dallas, LA, you go to all these other cities. There’s distractions anywhere you go. Guys are professionals and I don’t think it’s going to be any different or be pulling guys any harder in any other city. -Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
If you want to find trouble you can find it anywhere. If you want to party and drink and have a good time you can do it anywhere. I think guys in this league are professional. They understand we have a job to do on the ice. It’s not going to be party central every time we come here. -Matt Martin, New York Islanders
And that’s just two of the six he spoke to. Read them all here.
It’s time to put this crap to bed. I tried back in September to squash the myth, but best be sure that didn’t stop lazy journalists and broadcasters everywhere from continuing to pump the ridiculous narrative into the minds of hockey fans.
Next time you read this garbage on Twitter or hear it on the radio, point them back to this article and say, “who knows better about the topic off-ice distraction, you or Shea Weber?”