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December 11, 2018

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NHL Awards at the Joint: Stanley Cup, Gordie Howe tribute, X Ambassadors

NHL Presser at MGM Grand

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Gary Bettman, commissioner of the NHL, addresses the crowd as Bill Foley, chairman of Fidelity National Financial Inc., Black Knight and FIS, listens during the “Let’s Bring Hockey to Las Vegas!” press conference Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at MGM Grand Ballroom.

Stanley Cup at Hard Rock Hotel

National Hockey League Presser at MGM

Gary Bettman, commissioner of the NHL, addresses the crowd as Bill Foley, chairman of Fidelity National Financial Inc., Black Knight and FIS, listens during the “Let’s Bring Hockey to Las Vegas!” press conference Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at MGM Grand Ballroom. Launch slideshow »

Just hours after NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s announcement of a yes or no decision on an expansion team for our city, Steve Mayer, executive producer of the 2016 NHL Awards, says of the event at the Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel:

“We are prepared and will definitely reference it one way or the other,” he told me today. “But we won’t know until the same time as you do which way it’s going.”

Actor Will Arnett, who is a hardened Toronto Maple Leafs fan, added: “As host of the broadcast, I’m not looking for the brunt of this to fall on my shoulders. I can handle it, though. We’ll give it the appropriate response and just play it as it comes.”

Our thanks to Richard Corey for his YouTube video of today’s arrival of the Stanley Cup at the Hard Rock Hotel. It will remain on display through Tuesday until its presentation at the awards Wednesday.

Steve also revealed that the always deadly serious commissioner has agreed to participate in a comedy sketch. Said Will: “He agreed to help us and was very gracious going above and beyond. He was self-deprecating, and he had great timing — spot on.

“I don’t want to give away too much in advance, but we’re going to laugh a little about your team’s proposed name if you land it. I want to contrast ice being in the desert. Naming it Frozen Tumbleweeds doesn’t make a lot of sense. Too obvious to call them the Jackpots, but you have to think about how the name will get shortened into a nickname.”

In addition to the awards with alternative rockers X Ambassadors turning one performance into a nomination rundown, Steve revealed that there will be a tribute to the late legendary Gordie Howe with his sons attending.

“The show is going to be inspirational and funny,” said Steve. “The audience will laugh and cry.”

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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