Sacramento, CA – On Monday, the Kings announced they would be rallying in Sacramento, California, at the 2020 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The Kings announced the move to the city on Twitter.
“We are excited to announce that the Kings will be attending the 2020 Olympics in 2020 in PYEONGCHANG, South Korean Olympic Park,” the team tweeted on Monday.
In addition to the Kings, the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Sting, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs and Washington Wizards also have been announced to participate.
The Los Angeles Kings are one of eight NHL teams to be participating in the 2018-19 season, while the San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers will be participating the 2019-20 season.
While many teams were expected to be on the podium, the announcement came as a surprise to many.
Last year, the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning were expected on the same podium as the Kings.
According to a report by ESPN, the league had originally planned to hold a press conference at the Kings home in Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday, the day before the Kings’ game against the Washington Capitals at the Barclays Center.
But the team has postponed the event, citing the threat of tornadoes that have ravaged parts of the Northeast.
It was not clear if the Kings would have been able to attend.