Las Vegas, NV – The National Hockey League held its annual awards show at the Encore theatre at Wynn Tuesday night. The game’s top players and executives were on hand to recognize the highest achievements in the just concluded 2013-2014 season.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sidney Crosby walked off with an armful of trophies during the two-hour ceremony that was broadcast live nationally. Crosby came away with the Hart trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player, and the Ted Lindsay Award as the Outstanding Player in the league as voted by the Players Association.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman walked the red carpet alongside the league’s top players. And he seemed to have a ready response to a series of inquiries on where Las Vegas stands as an expansion city candidate.

“Now that they’re building an arena, the issue’s going to be if there’s somebody who wants to own a team here and whether or not we want to expand.”

When pressed for how hopeful local diehard hockey fans can expect regarding the prospect of their own franchise, Bettman added “I don’t want to raise their expectation but we certainly appreciate their interest.”

Ground broke last month on a 20,000 seat arena on the strip. It’s projected to be open by Spring 2016.


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