Thursday, May 29, 2008

NHL heads to Kansas City

The Los Angeles Kings will play the St. Louis Blues in a pre-season game at the new Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, on Monday, September 22, at 7:05 p.m. (CT) as part of the club’s 2008 preseason schedule. The announcement was made today by Kings President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille at a press conference in Kansas City.
>> team release
The Kansas City connection remains strong. All indications are the city is next in line for an expansion franchise, mainly because of the new building there.

The Blues are in this game because of geography, but the Kings' connection has to do with ownership, as the AEG empire also operates the Sprint Center. Kings owner Philip Anschutz is seen as the driving force behind putting an NHL tenant in the building.

UPDATE Just a quick note that I'll be on The Team 1260 in Edmonton at 5:50 p.m. ET on Friday night.
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6 Comments:

At 3:14 PM, May 29, 2008, Anonymous ken said...

Jeez, New Jersey should be playing there. The Devils are the remnants of the old Kansas City Scouts.

Then again, a New Jersey game would be boring, and wouldn't win over any new fans, so I guess the NHL is best to avoid the historical tie, this time.

 
At 4:42 PM, May 29, 2008, Blogger andy grabia said...

All indications are the city is next in line for an expansion franchise, mainly because of the new building there.

What? So if some city builds a rink, they get an NHL franchise? That's all that's required? Alright! Good to know. Nashville, Tampa Bay, Phoenix, Ft. Lauderdale and Atlanta, start building your...oh wait.


The NHL: A Joke Since 1993.

 
At 8:47 PM, May 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the fact that Kansas City can't economically support a 40 year old Major League Baseball franchise should kind of be a big signal to Bettman that perhaps the novelty of the NHL isn't going to work, no matter how many favours he tries to give to AEG. What a joke.

 
At 3:15 PM, May 30, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a stretch to consider the Royals a major league anything.

 
At 12:58 AM, August 04, 2008, Blogger Vanessa said...

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At 12:13 PM, September 18, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some idiot said:
I think the fact that Kansas City can't economically support a 40 year old Major League Baseball franchise should kind of be a big signal to Bettman that perhaps the novelty of the NHL isn't going to work, no matter how many favours he tries to give to AEG. What a joke.

What makes you think that the Royals are not being supported? You do realize that when the Royals were winning in the 70's and 80's they had great support. It has been many years of bad teams that have dropped support and yet they still have better attendance then Pittsburgh. The Chiefs haven't won much either but at least have been competitive up until the last couple years and have had tremendous support. The people of Kansas City just don't want to continually support owners who do not try to win.

 

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