NHL Awards staying in Vegas, but moving to Hard Rock

The annual NHL Awards gala is moving to its fourth different Vegas-based location.

On Monday, the Review Journal confirmed the league will host this year’s ceremony at The Joint, a 4,000-seat venue within the Hard Rock Hotel.

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The Palms hosted the Awards Show from 2009 to 2011. Wynn Las Vegas hosted from 2012 to 2014. Last year’s event was held at the MGM Grand Garden.

The NHL was looking to return to the MGM. But there were scheduling conflicts with both the Grand Garden and T-Mobile Arena, so the league explored the Hard Rock, which has The Joint, a 4,000-seat venue.

The show will be held on June 22, which is just days prior to the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo. The draft, of course, holds special significance for Las Vegas, as the Bill Foley-led expansion group is expected to hear whether its bid has been accepted or not.

At the NHL’s GM meetings in March, commissioner Gary Bettman said the league will make its decision on expansion by the time of the draft, which will begin on June 24.

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