Monday, June 20, 2016 | 11:57 p.m.
Stanley Cup at Hard Rock Hotel
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.”
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Arguably one the coolest joints in town, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino houses some of Vegas' best entertainment, restaurants and nightlife.
At Hard Rock, it's all about the music. From the light fixtures made out of drum cymbals and guitar shaped door handles to stage costumes and tools of the trade of legendary musicians displayed on the walls, the hotel screams rock and roll. The Hard Rock's Joint has hosted some the biggest names in music — from The Who to Bob Dylan to hometown heroes, The Killers.Aside from the music venues, the pool at the Hard Rock is one of its biggest attractions. Spread out over 4.7 acres, the pool area features swim-up blackjack, a bar and grill, private cabanas, a bevy of secluded nooks, a waterfall and an extensive live music venue with a dance floor. During the summer, the pool transforms into the Rehab club on Sunday afternoons.
The resident nightclub Body English fuses European elegance with a rock star bachelor pad and it often a hot spot for visiting celebs and popular DJs. Vintage rock memorabilia lines the walls at Wasted Space, Hard Rock's anti-club.
Restaurants at Hard Rock are just as hip as the rest of the casino. Pink Taco serves up Mexican dishes, as well as a Central American and Caribbean menu. Nobu, one of five worldwide Japanese-specialty restaurants from famed Nobu Matsuhisa, satisfies a different taste. For round-the-clock cuisine, Mr. Lucky's 24/7, is sure to ease your appetite even after a Vegas-all-nighter.