L.A. Kings, Vegas Knights will play NHL preseason game at Vivint Arena in late September

The game will be the first of three scheduled Utah meetings between the teams over the next three years

Los Angeles Kings' goaltender Jonathan Quick (32) deflects the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, Monday Feb. 22, 2021, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane). The Kings will play the Vegas Knights in a preseason game at Vivint Smart Home Arena on Sept. 30.

With the pandemic easing into the rearview mirror, the NHL is coming back to Salt Lake City.

The Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Knights will meet in a preseason game at Vivint Arena on Sept. 30, the Utah Sports Commission and arena officials announced Tuesday.

The game, to be played at Vivint’s full hockey capacity, marks the first of three preseason games the Kings and Knights will play in Utah, with the two teams also scheduled to meet in 2022 and 2023.

The game will mark the third time the Kings have played a preseason game in Salt Lake City since 2018, and the first time the Kings will play the Golden Knights in what’s being called the Frozen Fury series, which is a Kings “home” game at Vivint Arena, the home of the Utah Jazz.

“It has always been important for us to have a destination game in the preseason. We feel Salt Lake City, and the surrounding areas, are the ideal setting,” Kings President and Hockey Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille said in a statement. “It will be great to play the Vegas Golden Knights in what will be a fun and festive atmosphere. Hockey continues to prosper in Utah and playing against our rival is a natural fit for this game and for the next few games in subsequent seasons.”

Tickets for the Kings-Knights game will go on sale June 25 online at vivintarena.com. The walk-up box office is currently closed for COVID-19 health and safety precautions.

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