NEW YORK (March 13, 2009) – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced that its annual awards celebration will take place in Las Vegas June 18 and will serve as the inaugural event of a three-year agreement with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). The 2009 NHL Awards, the first ever to originate from Las Vegas, will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and CBC in Canada.
“Las Vegas specializes in shining the spotlight on outstanding performers,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “Its innate energy offers an exciting setting for our celebration of excellence."
This year’s event will bring together more players, celebrities, business partners and fans than ever and will provide more opportunities for all to participate in the celebration. Fans will be able to purchase tickets to attend the NHL Awards. Tickets to the 2009 NHL Awards will go on sale on Tuesday, March 24 at Ticketmaster.com and at the Pearl Concert Theater Box Office.
"We are honored to welcome the NHL Awards, and look forward to having the League's top players and loyal fans take a break in our wonderful city," said Terry Jicinsky, Senior Vice President of Marketing for the LVCVA. "Millions of people enjoy our sports and entertainment offerings every year, and having such a special celebration gives them one more reason to visit Las Vegas.”
“We are so thrilled to be the host of the 2009 NHL Awards,” said Palms Owner George Maloof. “Working with the National Hockey League in bringing this event to Las Vegas is something that will be great for our community.”
As part of the agreement, the NHL and the LVCVA are holding an “NHL Awards Vegas Getaway” sweepstakes to give fans the opportunity to celebrate alongside some of the NHL’s biggest names by providing a trip for two to the 2009 NHL Awards. In addition to two tickets to the 2009 NHL Awards, the winner also will be awarded two tickets to the exclusive after-party, roundtrip airfare and accommodations for two nights. Fans across North America can enter for a chance to win at NHL.com/Vegas beginning March 15 through May 10.
The 2009 NHL Awards will feature announcement of the League’s top regular-season performers in a host of categories including most valuable player (Hart Trophy), outstanding goaltender (Vezina Trophy), outstanding defenseman (Norris Trophy) and outstanding rookie (Calder Trophy).
More details regarding the 2009 NHL Awards festivities, entertainment, ancillary events, broadcast details and media information, will be announced at a later date.
About the National Hockey League
The National Hockey League, founded in 1917, is the second-oldest of the four major professional team sports leagues in North America. Today, the NHL consists of 30 Member Clubs, each reflecting the League’s international makeup, with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters. According to a Simmons Market Research study, NHL fans are younger, more educated, more affluent, and access content through digital means more than any other sport. The NHL entertains more than 100 million fans each season in-arena and through its partners in national television (VERSUS, NBC, TSN, CBC, RDS, RIS, ESPN America, ASN and NHL Network™) and radio (NHL Radio™, Sirius XM Radio and XM Canada). Through the NHL Foundation, the League’s charitable arm, the NHL raises money and awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer™ and NHL Youth Development, and supports the charitable efforts of NHL players. For more information on the NHL, log on to NHL.com.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With approximately 140,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 9.7 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA mission centers on attracting ever-increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.VisitLasVegas.com.
About the Palms Hotel Las Vegas
The Palms Hotel Las Vegas, heralded as one of Las Vegas' hippest resorts, is an all-encompassing, one-stop destination. Owned by the Maloof family, the 703-room property boasts a diverse mix of bars and restaurants and a 95,000-square-foot casino. Amenities include the legendary Playboy Club – the first and only club of its kind to open in 25 years; The Pearl Concert Theater; Moon Nightclub; N9NE Steakhouse; Nove Italiano; Little Buddha; The Palms Pool & Bungalows; Palms Spa and AMP Salon; Brenden Theatres, a 14-theatre Cineplex; Rain Night Club; Ghostbar; the Fantasy Suites, including the Hardwood Suite, the only hotel room in the world with its own basketball court; and over 60,000 square-feet of meeting space. The Palms has played host to MTV’s 2007Video Music Awards, Real World: Las Vegas and Bravo’s Celebrity Poker Showdown, as well as E!’s Party at the Palms, hosted by Jenny McCarthy, and A&E’s Inked. E!’s Girls Next Door and Sunset Tan feature the resort on a regular basis and the Victoria’s Secret Angels made the Palms a featured destination on their “Angels Across America” tour. The Palms Hotel Las Vegas is located just west of the Las Vegas Strip and I-15 on Flamingo Road. For room reservation information, call toll free at (866) PALMS-RES, (866) 725-6773, or visit www.palms.com. For groups of 15 rooms or more, contact the Sales Department at (866) PALMS-MTG or (866) 725-6768.