Friday March 27th, 2015

The potential owner of an NHL franchise in Las Vegas says he hopes to make the news official in about a month, TSN’s Darren Dreger reports.

The NHL’s Board of Governors is set to meet in Las Vegas on June 24, coinciding with the league’s awards show held in the city.

Bill Foley, who is leading the push for a team in Las Vegas, said he is confident that an announcement will be made in the near future.

“There will be a formal announcement soon. We're really pleased with how it's going," Foley said. "Now we want to expand our base to ensure the support we have is as widespread as possible."

• MUIR: Las Vegas ticket drive slows

Last month, Foley launched a ticket campaign in Las Vegas to gauge if the city would be a viable place to award a franchise. A 17,500 seat, $375 million facility is currently under construction on the Las Vegas Strip with the hopes to open the arena in April 2016.

Foley also wants the team to start playing by the 2016-17 season.

There has not been an expansion in the NHL since the league added the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild for the 2000 season, putting the league at 30 teams.

• MUIR: NHL Roundtable: Alex Ovechkin MVP?; Ducks doomed?

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