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NHL to focus on Las Vegas, Quebec City expansion bids

NHL to focus on Las Vegas, Quebec City expansion bids

The NHL confirmed Tuesday that it had received expansion applications from Bill Foley for a franchise in Las Vegas, and from Quebecor for a franchise in Quebec City, Canada, and that the league will focus solely on those bids as it considers expanding beyond its current 30 teams. The candidacy of both groups was boosted by the presence of a new arena in each city. An arena on the Las Vegas Strip is near completion, and a new arena in Quebec City is scheduled to open in September. None of the other groups that had been expected to apply for an expansion franchise had the advantage of a new, hockey-ready arena. If expansion is approved, the new team or teams likely would debut in the...

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