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NHL approves Las Vegas expansion for 2017-18

NHL approves Las Vegas expansion for 2017-18

The NHL will expand to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season, becoming the first major league to place a franchise in the city. 

The team is expected to be called the Black Knights, will be placed in the Pacific Division and will be the NHL’s 31st team. The expansion application was approved Wednesday by the league’s Board of Governors, following prior approval of the executive committee.

Commissioner Gary Bettman said the vote to approve the new franchise was unanimous. It had required a three-quarters approval vote.

Bill Foley, the businessman who spearheaded the drive to bring the NHL to Las Vegas and was behind the construction of...