The Winter Classic Won't Be The First Major Foray Outdoors For Vegas

The city of Las Vegas has a deeper outdoor hockey history than you'd think. In fact, it goes back decades. Here's a look at where the roots in Vegas hockey were planted.

Las Vegas Shows Support For Vegas Golden Knights During Stanley Cup Playoffs Run
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2. The Aftermath

Seattle Kraken v Vegas Golden Knights
Seattle Kraken v Vegas Golden Knights / Candice Ward/GettyImages

After the Caesars Palace tilt, the Los Angeles Kings hosted an annual preseason game in Las Vegas from 1997 to 2016. Known as Frozen Fury, it mainly pitted the Kings against the Colorado Avalanche. Sometimes, Los Angeles would have opponents like the Arizona Coyotes and San Jose Sharks squaring off.

The NHL also set up shop in Sin City with the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017. Major events followed, including an All-Star Game and an NHL Draft. Gary Bettman and crew also have ambitious plans for the new Sphere: The NHL plans on hosting the Draft in the newest attraction.

As for the Golden Knights, they've enjoyed tremendous success in their history. From making the Stanley Cup Final in their first season to winning it in six seasons, Vegas has already impacted the NHL in a major way.