NHL notes: Jeremy Jacobs dishes on Vegas expansion, NHL skipping Olympics

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Prior to the 2015-16 season, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs was asked for his opinion regarding the NHL’s plan to expand. At the time, Jacobs, who is the chairman of the board of governors, said he didn’t think there was a desire to expand.

Well, hockey fans know how that worked out since the Vegas Golden Knights became the NHL’s 31st team. It’s been met with great excitement and owner Bill Foley has done a tremendous job in the desert. Even Jacobs is impressed.

“Ownership up there has done a tremendous job,” he said. “It had some very high expectations, and I think they really exceeded them. I think their presale of tickets, or their season ticket sales is tremendous right now, and those were not necessarily to corporate, but to individuals. To that extent, I’m very impressed.

“And I’m very impressed with the leadership they’ve shown there in their development of the team. I think they are going to be quite successful. Honestly, I was skeptical at the beginning, but I’m converted now to believe that that is going to be a successful experience.”