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Vegas Golden Knights will honor #VegasStrong for home opener

13 October, 2017, 11:48 | Author: Leah Owens
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Initially, the pre-game ceremony was set to be an event filled with visual marvels but after Stephen Paddock took the lives of 58 people at a Las Vegas country music festival, plans were changed. When two more pucks dropped into the Arizona Coyotes' net-both sent there by early-season scoring machine James Neal- before we'd reached the 11-minute mark of period one, it sealed the deal: No one could deny the Vegas Golden Knights on this night. Of course, I never could have predicted that when the game finally arrived, it would come just nine days after a tragedy like the one this town experienced on October 1. Defenseman and Las Vegas resident Deryk Engelland addressed the crowd following a video showing images of first responders.

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.

The Knights have had a nice start to their inaugural season, winning their first two games on the road.

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It's great to see a sports team reach out with not only money but their time and energy to try to help people who suffered a bad tragedy. And though Las Vegas has been home to so many heroes of late, a few more certainly couldn't hurt.

That may provide a little extra energy as the Knights look to sweep the home-and-home series with the Arizona Coyotes after they defeated them 2-1 in overtime Saturday at Gila River Arena. Thankfully, we have the Golden Knights.

The Knights, like all expansion teams, weren't expected to be competitive in the first year.

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Like us, they'll need to remain, "Vegas Strong". I saw real appreciation as I watched, and I think that human side of players stretches far beyond tragedy.

"Like all of you, I'm proud to call Las Vegas home", Engelland said to an announced crowd of 18,191. 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. A Knights win certainly might not mean much in the bigger scheme of things, but the Vegas fans deserve any lift they can get right now. We've got to get ready to go.

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