The NHL is looking to make some big moves on the ice this summer, and its got a new brand-name ice cream company to help it out.
According to reports, the Los Angeles Kings are planning to announce an expansion franchise in 2020 that will join the NHL’s Pacific Division.
The Kings would also reportedly be interested in purchasing an NHL franchise in the Los Altos area, although the details surrounding that have not been announced.
The Los Angeles Lakers would also be interested, though the team has been unable to make any progress in the search.
The Kings, who play in a relatively small market, would join the Pacific Division with the Los Angels and Vancouver Canucks, two teams with smaller markets.
The Lakers would join with the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, and New York Knicks, as well as a host of other teams in the West Division, which currently includes the Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets, and Oklahoma City Barons.
The Sacramento Kings would join an expansion-type group with the Sacramento Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers, and the Denver Nuggets would join a group with Golden State, Oklahoma, Utah, and Phoenix.
The Los Angeles Rams, who have not yet announced a new stadium, would be added to the West with a team in Las Vegas.
The Houston Texans, a team that is already the NFL’s highest-paid team, are expected to be one of the new teams in Las Vegos new stadium.
The Houston Texans would be joined by the Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, and Arizona Cardinals, while the New Orleans Saints would be joining the New York Giants.
The Denver Broncos would join Arizona Cardinals with an expansion team in New Orleans, with the New England Patriots and New Orleans Pelicans also expected to join the league.
The Dallas Cowboys would join Houston Texans and Arizona Coyotes with an NFL team in Dallas, with a new team expected to make its debut in 2021.
The Minnesota Vikings will also join the new NFL team, with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expected to announce the team’s name on Wednesday.
The San Antonio Scorpions will join with Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins with an NBA team in Seattle, but the announcement of the team name is expected to come soon.
The Nashville Predators will join a new NFL franchise in Tennessee with an AFL team in Nashville, with an announcement expected to follow.
The Oakland Raiders will join San Francisco 49ers and the Los Rams with an MLB team in Los Angeles, but no announcement of an expansion project has been made.
The Chicago Bears will join Washington Redskins and the New Jersey Devils with an NHL team in Buffalo, New York, and Philadelphia, but their team name has not been made public.