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Las Vegas’ Sphere to host 2024 NHL Draft June 28-29 ‘in an innovative and exhilarating setting’

May 9th, 2024

The 2024 Upper Deck NHL Draft will be held at Sphere in Las Vegas on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29, the National Hockey League and Sphere jointly announced May 7, marking the first time the event will be held in Las Vegas. Additionally, the 2024 Upper Deck NHL Draft will be the first event televised…

Las Vegas product Lackas decides on future, commits to NCAA Division III Albertus Magnus

April 10th, 2024

A.J. Lackas, a forward for the New England Wolves, has committed to Albertus Magnus College for the fall of 2024. The ’03 native of Las Vegas just completed his third season with the Wolves at the EHL level. He was an immediate impact player with 28 points in his first year. However, this past year…

Stellar goaltending duo leads Vegas Jr. Golden Knights to girls Tier II 14U 1A national title

April 9th, 2024

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — In a game in which they struggled to sustain offense, the Vegas Junior Golden Knights (NV) needed just one big shot to bask in championship glory. Lizabeth Smith broke loose and began the celebration for the Knights. With 10:32 remaining in overtime of the 1A title game, the eighth grade forward dashed…

Second annual USPHL Las Vegas Showcase returning to City National Arena starting Dec. 17

December 12th, 2023

The United States Premier Hockey League in partnership with the Las Vegas Thunderbirds are excited to welcome fans, families and college and pro coaches and scouts to the second annual USPHL Las Vegas Showcase, to be held Sunday, Dec. 17 through Thursday, Dec. 21, entirely at City National Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.  This will be the…

New Tahoe ECHL team branded Knight Monsters, will begin play in 2024-25 season

December 1st, 2023

The ECHL’s newest team, the Tahoe Knight Monsters, revealed its name and logo at a special event held at the Tahoe Blue Event Center on Nov. 30. The team’s colors are teal, gold and black. The Knight Monsters team name and logo is portrayed by a dragon-like creature that resides and rules Lake Tahoe. The…

Las Vegas native, Thunderbirds star Bonaldi picks up USPHL monthly award

November 7th, 2023

Las Vegas native and Las Vegas Thunderbirds standout Nick Bonaldi has been named the USPHL Premier Pacific Division Defenseman of the Month for September-October. A returning All-Star blueliner, Bonaldi, a 2003 birth year, is doing his thing again and it’s working yet again. Over 111 games, he has posted 109 points from the blue line….

Las Vegas native Lackas named EHL North Division Star of the Week

October 25th, 2023

The EHL has announced that New England Wolves forward AJ Lackas is the North Division Star of the Week. The ’03 native of Las Vegas played on the Main All-Star team last week and played a role in both goals scored against SUNY Fredonia. He scored the first goal and assisted on the second. Though…

Thunderbirds’ Baechler earns win in first game as first female to play in USPHL Premier

October 16th, 2023

The Las Vegas Thunderbirds pulled off a nail-biting 5-4 win against the Long Beach Shredders on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, at City National Arena’s Ghost Energy Rink B. While the game itself was a rollercoaster of emotions and skill, the spotlight was firmly on Naomi Baechler, who made history as the first female goalie ever to…

Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena to host 2024 Ice Breaker college hockey tournament

October 4th, 2023

Minnesota will host the 2024 men’s Ice Breaker Tournament at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Air Force, Massachusetts and Omaha will also compete in the event, scheduled for Oct. 11-12, 2024. “Las Vegas hosting the 2024 Ice Breaker is another example of the impressive growth of hockey, and particularly college hockey, in our country,” said…

Las Vegas native, Thunderbirds standout Bonaldi nabs weekly USPHL award

October 2nd, 2023

The USPHL has announced that Las Vegas Thunderbirds blueliner Nick Bonaldi is the Pacific Division Premier Defenseman of the Week. Present for the T-Birds since Day 1 of their USPHL lifetime, the fourth-year Premier defenseman and two-time All-Star is up to his old tricks. He has posted a goal and four assists for five points…

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