Every year to close out the preseason the Los Angeles Kings come to Las Vegas to play in the annual “Frozen Fury” game. This year the Kings smoked the Avalanche 4-0.
There’s a real possibility that this may have been the last Frozen Fury game here in Las Vegas, or at least the penultimate one.
But with Bill Foley looking to bring Las Vegas an NHL team of its own, it probably means the Kings will have to settle for regular-season visits to the valley, perhaps as early as 2017. –Steve Carp, LVRJ
Well that makes sense. Former Kings great and current President of Business Operations, Luc Robitaille, thinks maybe they’ve got one more year in em.
“We don’t know how it will work out,” he said of Foley’s attempt to land an expansion team for Las Vegas. “We know things will change. But I expect we would probably play once more in 2016 and play in the new arena.”
But why end such a good thing I wonder.
Preseason games are the absolute worst. Season ticket holders don’t want to pay for them, the players care much more about not getting hurt than anything else, and coaches just want them to end so they can get to the ones that matter.
It’s entirely possible that the people who used to go to Frozen Fury will now either be season ticket holders in Vegas, or wait until the regular season to make their trip down I-15.
However, there are ways to keep this thing here and still make it worthwhile. Here’s my recommendation. Cancel Frozen Fury until the 4th year of NHL in Vegas. Then bring it back to the Grand Garden Arena so fans can get the feel of a different stadium, and price it significantly lower than a regular season game at Las Vegas Arena.
May not make sense now, but when they see the attendance numbers for preseason games in year two, three, and beyond, they’ll be begging for ways to make them interesting.
Frozen Fury is one.