The Elbow staff
LAS VEGAS, NV – A hockey fan in Las Vegas was reportedly rejoicing last night, after commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the league’s 31st team will play its inaugural season in 2017-18.
“I’ve been waiting for this announcement for at least two weeks,” Donny Gould said following the NHL’s Board of Governors meeting.
“It’s one hell of a feeling. I can’t imagine what it’d be like to win the Stanwick Cup, but I’m sure this comes pretty damn close.”
With second cousins who live "pretty close" to the Canadian border, Gould says he has always felt a natural tie to hockey.
"I've heard many stories from my relatives about the great players, like Gretzky and Lemieux. I'd love to see us pick one of them up."
Gould got back in to hockey recently when channel surfing during the Stanley Cup playoffs. He had initially been trying to find the fishing channel, but spent a solid 10 minutes watching the third overtime of game four between San Jose and Nashville in the second round.
"Ever since then, I've been thinking about the game non-stop: How do the players stay upright? When do the fights happen? Where'd the puck go?"
Earlier reports of a second hockey fan celebrating the news in the city have since been denied by local police.