After a 10-year hiatus, the LA Kings and Vivint Smart Home Arena announced today the return of the NHL to Utah. The Kings will play a preseason game at 7 p.m. on September 24, serving as the home team, against the Vancouver Canucks in the "Salt Lake Shootout."
"As a whole, the Kings are excited to return to Salt Lake City and, in particular, to play at Vivint Smart Home Arena," said Kings president and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille. "Salt Lake City is a wonderful area with great hockey tradition. This game is special and this series is something we are very much looking forward to."
Tickets for the game will go on sale today online or at the Vivint Smart Home Arena box office.
Future Kings preseason games will be held in 2019 and 2020 in this three-year agreement. The Kings will announce the club's entire 2018 preseason schedule at a later date.
The Kings currently feature forward Trevor Lewis, who was born and raised in Cottonwood Heights, and the first native Utahn to win the Stanley Cup. Lewis attended Brighton High School as a freshman before playing in competitive leagues in Colorado and then being the 17th player picked in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Kings. He has played in nearly 600 NHL regular season games - all with the Kings - and 75 additional postseason contests.
The last NHL game in Utah occurred on October 5, 2008 between the Kings and San Jose Sharks in the facility known as the E Center in West Valley City.
The Kings will also be hosting a special youth hockey camp in the area this summer. Kings Camp Park City will take place on July 9-13 at the Park City Ice Arena for Mite-Bantam age divisions. For more information, visit lakings.com/parkcity.
"Vivint Smart Home Arena is thrilled to host NHL games and showcase the Los Angeles Kings in our newly renovated facility," said Jim Olson, president of Vivint Smart Home Arena. "We have a proud history of ice events with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles from 1991-94, hosting the figure skating and short track speed skating competition at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games to an ongoing series of ice shows and special events."