Frozen Fury brings live NHL action back to the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Oct. 2. But this is the desert, and it’s likely that you don’t know much about hockey. So here are seven reasons to check it out:
• Pride is on the line. The Colorado Avalanche are trailing in Frozen Fury standings, having lost seven of their 11 preseason games in Vegas. They fell to the Los Angeles Kings, 5-3, last year; if they lose again their egos might be permanently damaged.
• It’s easier (and cheaper) to buy tickets for Frozen Fury than it is to find tickets to see the Kings at the Staples Center. The drive is shorter, and parking is a relative breeze, too.
• There is a medium-to-good chance that there will be a fight—there was one last year—and UFC 125 isn’t until January.
• It’s fun to prove people wrong. They said hockey would never work in the desert, but we have the Wranglers, the NHL Awards (for one more year, at least) and Frozen Fury XII attracted a sell-out crowd of 11,263 in 2009.
• It’s not often you see so many Canadians all in one place—away from the Imperial Palace and the outlet malls, that is.
• Luc Robitaille retired from the Kings in 2006, but he is coming to town to host a celebrity poker tournament and pre-party on Oct. 1 at Studio 54. Proceeds benefit Echoes of Hope, which helps at-risk foster kids. Call 310-452-3500 for information.
• Once-a-year, preseason games are the closest thing Las Vegas has to a pro sport franchise.