Las Vegas is as close as it’s ever been to being granted its first major professional sports franchise. The Creator and his group formally submitted their application for expansion a little over a year ago and are seemingly on the cusp of getting word from Gary Bettman. That year may have felt like an eternity, but when you dig a little deeper, you’ll find that pro hockey has been around the valley since 1970 and rumors of the NHL coming to Las Vegas date all the way back to 2007.

Over the past few weeks we’ve put together a complete history of professional hockey in the city of Las Vegas and we are proud to unveil the timeline today.

The Las Vegas Hockey Timeline will be fluid as the expansion process continues and will hopefully see the addition of hundreds of new dates after the announcement, leading up to first puck drop, and onward toward our first Stanley Cup.

The Timeline will be a permanent fixture atop the website (or in the menu on mobile) and will be updated any time a significant date in Las Vegas hockey history occurs.

So, stop reading this, and immerse yourself in the 40+ year history of Las Vegas professional hockey!