Monday, June 20, 2016

'Mozzy' says NHL will work in Las Vegas

Will the NHL work in Las Vegas?

Former Kelowna Rockets forward Tyler Mosienko thinks so.

The NHL has settled on Las Vegas as the home for its next expansion franchise, provided organizers can come up with a $500 million fee.

The 32 year-old played parts of three seasons for the East Coast Hockey League's Las Vegas Wranglers.

"When I lived there, there were over four million people that lived in Vegas. There are definitely enough people who live there and the NHL being the first major league sport to come to Vegas and get their foot in the door first would be a good thing for them."       

Mosienko says he often witnessed road teams struggle against the Wranglers when they arrived in Las Vegas a day in advance of the game.

"I don't know if it was a coincidence, I am sure it wasn't, but we always had a good home record," Mosienko chuckled. "When teams would come to town, I think they would probably go check some of the other stuff going on out for a little bit and maybe they weren't their sharpest for game night".   
Already 13 thousand fans have put deposits down on season tickets for the yet to be named Las Vegas franchise. 

Mosienko, who is spending the summer in England where he will play for the Sheffield Steelers this fall, believes on most nights they should play to a sold out crowd.

"I married a (Las Vegas) girl that was in the card dealing industry. There hours are a little bit different so some people work eight hour shifts starting at 8 o'clock at night or are starting at midnight and that doesn't always work out to be a sports fan right." 

Where did Mosienko and his wife Allison get married six years ago this month?  

In a small chapel in Las Vegas of course.

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