Golden Knights and The D cut sponsorship deal.

Golden Knights Score Partnership Deal with The D Casino in Downtown Vegas

The D casino owner Derek Stevens loves hockey, growing up as a big Detroit Red Wings fan.

The new Vegas Golden Knights are looking for corporate sponsors who will support the team’s mission of growing hockey in the desert.

So, a corporate partnership between the Golden Knights and Stevens was a natural fit between the expansion NHL franchise and the downtown hotel-casino owner.

It was a six-year deal, which allows The D to be the downtown epicenter for Golden Knights watch parties and events, while Stevens pledged $100,000 to the team’s foundation to help pay for youth hockey programs in the Las Vegas market.

The D casino owner Derek Stevens chats with media about the six-year partnership deal.

“I had a chance to see the how the Red Wings impacted the community in Detroit and I wanted to be the first downtown casino in Las Vegas to work with the Golden Knights,” Steven said.

Team President Kerry Bubolz and Coach Gerard Gallant joined Stevens and Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman on stage at the Fremont Experience for the afternoon announcement today.

Here’s Bubolz after the announcement on the Fremont Street Experience.

Alan Snel

Alan Snel brings decades of sports-business reporting experience to LVSportsBiz.com.

Snel covered the business side of sports for the South Florida (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel, the Tampa Tribune and Las Vegas Review-Journal. As a city hall beat reporter, Snel also covered stadium deals in Denver and Seattle.

In 2000, Snel launched a sport-business website for FoxSports.com called FoxSportsBiz.com.

After reporting sports-business for the RJ, Snel wrote hard-hitting stories on the Raiders stadium for the Desert Companion magazine in Las Vegas and The Nevada Independent.

Snel is also one of the top bicycle advocates in the country.

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