National Hockey League honors heroes, victims of Vegas shooting

National Hockey League honors heroes, victims of Vegas shooting

The pregame ceremony turning into a chance to honor and remember victims and heroes from the shooting on October first, and the Golden Knights putting on a golden show. Instead, the all-white boards simply displayed the message "Vegas Strong".

One by one, the Knights' public address announcer introduced some of those police officers, fire fighters, EMTs, doctors and nurses, who took the ice side-by-side with players.

The toughest challenges are still ahead for Vegas, but this has been one incredible start to their first season as an National Hockey League franchise. However, it is scheduled for 15 minutes, and fans who are planning to attend are urged to arrive well ahead of the 7:30 p.m. scheduled puck drop. Knights defenseman and Las Vegas native Deryk Engelland spoke eloquently to the fans, vowing that the Golden Knights "will do everything we can to help you and our city heal".

It's safe to say the Vegas Golden Knights are performing better than expected to start the 2017-18 season.

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After waiting two decades for my hometown to enter the major-league sports phase of its existence, I left T-Mobile Tuesday night excited by the Knights' 3-0 season start, but mostly proud. But they scrapped much of it, including a fan fest and their usual pregame ritual (which will resume for future home games), after Stephen Paddock opened fire indiscriminately on a crowd of country music fans listening to Jason Aldean perform at the Route 91 Harvest Festival Oct. 1, leaving 58 dead and almost 500 more injured.

The explanation is that I love sports, don't have a hockey team, and visit Las Vegas enough to apparently pass the test at the Golden Knights adoption center.

The Knights, like all expansion teams, weren't expected to be competitive in the first year. "This situation here our players came to us to ask what they can do". He's called Las Vegas his summer home each of the last 14 years, met his wife there, and shares a bond with its other residents more intimate than any other player on the ice. "We're playing for our city, for the tragedy that happened, for all the people that were here tonight and were affected by the tragedy". It's going to be emotional for us, but we know they're going to do a great job memorializing those people and helping everyone move forward.

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