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The newest franchise to play in the National Hockey League is the Vegas Golden Knights. Playing their first game on October 6th, 2017 in Dallas, the team earned their first victory via a 2-1 win. They would win their first home game just a few nights later by a score of 5-2 against the Arizona Coyotes.
It had been the topic of conversation for decades around the major sports leagues – which would be the first to put a franchise in Las Vegas? The NHL stepped in with the Golden Knights to bring the first professional sports team to Sin City. While the league has had a presence in the city since playing a 1991 outdoor game there (and a few other events since), it was not until 2014 that talks really began to heat up following the completion of a new indoor arena.
Billionaire businessman Bill Foley, along with the Maloof family, won the bid from the NHL and a new hockey club was born in the desert. Comprising a team through the NHL expansion draft and free agency, the Golden Knights were able to put together an impressive roster for a new squad. Highlighted by former Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and veteran contributor James Neal, there is no shortage of leadership on this team.
Clad in their colors of steel grey, gold, red, and black, the Golden Knights, under head coach Gerard Gallant, are continuing to find their way in the Western Conference’s Pacific Division. While no captain has been named as of yet, surely a singular leader will emerge from the group to wear the “C” in their inaugural season.
Jumping out to early success, the team hopes to navigate the schedule with enough success to obtain a playoff berth in their first year of operation.
Featuring a strong lineup including James Neal, Cody Eakin, Jason Garrison, Colin Miller, David Perron, and Marc-Andre Fleury, the Golden Knights are out to prove that they can be a fierce competitor. Additional information about this new franchise can be found by clicking here.