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Golden Knights make Las Vegas proud with strong, historic 3-0 start

Golden Knights make Las Vegas proud with strong, historic 3-0 start

The Golden Knights decided in advance of the game to strip their dasher boards from all advertisements out of respect for the victims, replacing them with "Vegas Strong". But to those who say the anthem should not be sung before sporting events, I'll offer this-- those few minutes have given some of the most powerful moments that i can remember.

The event opened with a video featuring first responders from around Las Vegas and what followed was a tribute to victims, first responders and survivors of the Route 91 Harvest Festival massacre.

As of now, the Knights don't have a captain, but Deryk Engelland, who started his career with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL, gave a moving speech about what the city means to him.

On Tuesday, October 10, the #Las Vegas Golden Knights had their home opener at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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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 have earned a couple of 2-1 wins, both on third period comebacks, one of which had to be settled in overtime.

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.

The players still walked a gold carpet into the arena before the game, cheered on by early arriving fans lining the walkway. "It's going to be for the people of Las Vegas". This is the best start ever from an National Hockey League expansion team. "This situation here our players came to us to ask what they can do".

It didn't take long for them to deliver. "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". But a fan festival was cancelled, and numerous high-profile festivities scheduled for the opener have been delayed until the Golden Knights' second home game on Friday, when the Detroit Red Wings visit. Many of them-- hockey, football, baseball, basketball players-- good people, who do good with their time and their money. not overpaid spoiled selfish jerks like the broad brush some paint all athletes with, though I'm sure some of those exists too.