This was one, no the main reason why the Sports Diva did a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Las Vegas.
Usually my trips to Las Vegas are twice a year, February and June.
This year there was a real reason to go to Vegas at this time and it had NOTHING to do with gambling.
If you know the Sports Diva, you know that my mottos are, “Staying home is NOT an option”, and my favorite one, “Have a hockey team, will travel.”
Las Vegas does have a hockey team, the Vegas Golden Knights and from February 4-5, they and the city of Las Vegas hosted the NHL All Star game and Fan Fest, which was at the Las Vegas Convention Center and ran from Thursday February 3 until Sunday February 6.
The All Star game was on Saturday February 5, but by the time it came on at 4pm, Eastern time, the Sports Diva was back in New York City.
The Skills Competition has always been my favorite but more about it in another post.
I was ready for two days at convention center for Fan Fest.
It didn’t happen, I only ended up seeing one day of Fan Fest, but that was okay by me.
It was fun seeing all things hockey, including the antics of the mascots from many of the teams including the host mascot, Chance, who is a lizard or as they call them in Nevada, Gila Monsters.
What I didn’t expect, though, was a history lesson on hockey.
The first exhibit as you walked into the west hall of the convention center past the banners of all 32 NHL teams was the exhibit showing the contribution to hockey by not just blacks but women and Native Americans (or First Nations, as they’re refered to in Canada as well.)
I saw names of players that I remembered watching over the years and players that I didn’t even know were black or Indigenous.
I wish this exhibit had been bigger or had as long a line as the line to see the Stanley Cup did.