U.S. gambling monster lurks under NHL bed By Paul Wiecek, Winnipeg Free Press September 20, 2018 at 3:16 pm They’ve yet to play a meaningful game, but already the New Jersey Devils and Las Vegas Golden Knights are the big winners of the 2018-19 NHL season. The Devils and Knights both announced this week they have gone where no NHL team had before — signing lucrative sponsorship deals with companies that specialize in sports gambling. That’s big news. As recently as last year, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was declaring the gambling world a no-go zone for NHL teams. That changed in May, however, when a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court struck down federal prohibitions on sports gambling and declared the matter an issue for individual states to decide for themselves. New Jersey was the first to legalize sports betting after the Supreme Court ruling. Devils president Hugh Weber told Bloomberg News this week his team has already signed deals with a casino and a local sportsbook worth at least US$5 million to the team’s bottom line this season.