Saturday, Sept. 8
Game 1 - SJS. . . .4     ARI . . . .0 
Game 2 - LAK. . . .3    ANA. . . .8
Game 3 - COL. . . .6   VGK. . . .7

Sunday, Sept. 9
Game 1 - ARI. . . .4    LAK. . . .2

Game 2 - ANA. . . .5    COL. . . .2    
Game 3 - SJS. . . .5    VGK. . . .4    

Monday, Sept. 10
Practice day, no games.

Tuesday, Sept. 11
Game 1 - ANA. . . .8      ARI. . . .4
Game 2 - COL. . . .6     SJS. . . .3
Game 3 - VGK. . . .7     LAK . . . 2

2018 Vegas Rookie Faceoff

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VEGAS  (April 14, 2019) -It's been said there is a tool for every job. And nothing is worse than getting to a point in a project and realizing another instrument isn't in the cabinet. And when one reaches for the right tool and it is used to accomplish the required task - great satisfaction is often the result.

Nikita Gusev is another option. Another tool in Gerard Gallant's toolbox. Should Gallant find himself in need of what Gusev can provide - then GM George McPhee has done what he's supposed to do which is to supply the coach with the right mix of players to win games and in the perfect scenario to deliver a championship.

The Golden Knights announced Sunday they have signed Gusev to an entry level contract which will expire on July 1. At that point, Gusev will become a restricted free agent.

The 26-year-old Gusev led the KHL with 17 goals and 82 points this season and is the reigning MVP. His St. Petersburg team lost in the conference final and he finished his postseason. Gusev scored nine goals and 19 points in 18 playoff games this season. He also led Russia to a gold medal in the last Olympic games scoring four goals and 12 points in six games including two goals and two assists in the gold medal contest. He was selected as the tournament's top forward.

Golden Knights TV color analyst Shane Hnidy has seen Gusev while playing for Russia at the World Championships.

"He's a highly skilled offensive player. He's intelligent, he reads the ice well," said Hnidy. "It's a question now of him adjusting to the NHL from the KHL. But the fact he's a winger rather than a center should make that easier.

McPhee and Gallant have an effective relationship. McPhee is in charge of player acquisitions. The GM is the architect of the Golden Knights and develops the blueprint upon which the team is constructed.

Gallant is involved in this end of the business in an advisory role. The GM wants to know what his coach thinks of his team in terms of strengths and weaknesses.

Once McPhee has assembled the roster, he turns it over to Gallant and the coach determines who will play, who they will play with and how much they will play. He's the coach and the lineup is his domain.

Gallant was asked about Gusev this week prior to any signing and his response was telling.

"I don't know much about him," Gallant said Thursday. "George mentioned it today... If he joins us, we'll see what's going to happen. Hopefully he does join us and gets some practice time in with us."

McPhee has now given Gallant an extra tool. But it will be Gallant's call when and how to employ Gusev. After watching Gusev skate and practice with his team, Gallant will have the choice of when and where to use the player.

At the very least, McPhee has supplied Gallant with insurance and scoring depth. Perhaps the coach can employ him to provide scoring punch deep in the lineup. Maybe Gusev draws into the lineup when the matchup is favorable.

In the end, it's another option for an already strong team. McPhee has once again proven to be superior in regard to asset management and the Golden Knights and Gallant are better for it.

     After spending the past few months hiring people to run his new National Hockey League team, Bill Foley has also broken ground on the team's new practice facility in the Las Vegas suburb of Summerlin, NV.  The new facility will be just east of the beautiful Red Rock Resort and Casino and is scheduled to be completed in time for the new team to practice in next fall. 

     While the facility will primarily be the home for the Vegas is Hockey NHL franchise, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas will also be a big benefactor according to UNLV play-by-play voice and Vegas hockey guru Dana Lane.


    

Vegas Golden Knights In Pictures...

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DAY 1 - Saturday

by Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Day 3 - Tuesday

Vegas Golden Knights Sign Forward Nikita Gusev To Entry-Level Contract

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     Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world and a city that is proud of it's 24 hour open sign that hangs on nearly ever business, so when the new professional hockey team in town announced they were having a 24 hour open house no one was surprised.  The Vegas Golden Knights wanted to reach every fan so it only made sense to hold a 24 hour open house event at T-Mobile Arena just off the strip.  With an attendance of more than 9,000 between Tuesday at 8 am and Wednesday at 8 am last week, they event could not have gone off any better.

     The 24 hour concept allowed Las Vegas workers from every shift to be able to come inside the state of the art facility, choose season tickets, view the the rink from the seats they may have already purchased, play interactive games , mingle with Vegas Golden Knights representatives and enter to win opening day tickets which were given away every hour.

Vegas Golden Knights Taking Las Vegas By Storm!

Forward Can Provide Scoring Touch to Lineup

     To say Las Vegas residents have taken to their first major professional sport franchise would be a big understatement.  The newly named National Hockey League team, the Vegas Golden Knights burst onto the scene amidst the glitz and glamour that is Las Vegas and has become more than a conversation piece, but rather a rallying point for sports fans throughout the city.

Lil' Jon warms up the crowd on a hot afternoon in Las Vegas before Game One of the Stanley Cup Final.

-Team Grey Practice, 5:15 PM, City National Arena, Team Grey players available following practice

-Select Golden Knights hockey operations representative available following Team Grey practice


Thursday, June 28 (Las Vegas, NV)

-Team White Practice, 9:15 AM, City National Arena, Team White players available following practice

-Team Grey Practice, 11:15 AM, City National Arena, Team Grey players available following practice

-Joint Scrimmage, 4:00 PM, City National Arena, both team's players available following scrimmage

-Select Golden Knights hockey operations representative available following scrimmage


Friday, June 29 (Las Vegas, NV)

-Joint Scrimmage, 10:00 AM, City National Arena, both team's players available following scrimmage

-Select Golden Knights hockey operations representative available following scrimmage

Saturday, June 30 (Las Vegas, NV)

-Joint Scrimmage, 10:15 AM, City National Arena, both team's players available following scrimmage

-Select Golden Knights hockey operations representative available following scrimmage


ABOUT THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS

The Vegas Golden Knights are a National Hockey League franchise owned and operated by Black Knight Sports and Entertainment LLC. The Vegas Golden Knights were established by founding partners William Foley and his family and the Maloof family. For the latest news and information on the Golden Knights visit vegasgoldenknights.com. Fans can follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

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Addition of Gusev Gives VGK Options

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Sunday:  Vegas Golden Knights Highlights

Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee press conference discusses acquiring

Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty.


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by Gary Lawless @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

LAS VEGAS  (April 14, 2019) -  Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, April 14, that the team has signed forward Nikita Gusev to a one-year, entry level contract.

McPhee will address the media at 5 p.m. PT at T-Mobile Arena in the press conference room. Gusev is expected to report to the Golden Knights and practice with the team on Monday, April 15. He will wear jersey No. 17.

The Moscow, Russia native wrapped up his last season in the Kontinental Hockey League after leading SKA St. Petersburg to a Western Conference Final appearance. Gusev, 26, finished the season with a league-high 82 points (17G, 65A) in 62 regular-season games and also led the league in assists. During the KHL playoffs, he recorded 19 points (9G, 10A), which ranked second in the league.

In nine seasons in the KHL, Gusev is 10th all-time with 332 points (119G, 213A) in 391 games played. He helped lead St. Petersburg to the Gagarin Cup in 2017 and was awarded the Golden Stick in 2018, which is given to the league's most valuable player.

Gusev has also seen time at the international level playing for Team Russia. In 2018, he helped lead the Olympic Athletes of Russia (OAR) to a gold medal during the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. Gusev was named the "Best Forward" after posting a tournament-best 12 points (4G, 8A) in six games. He also led Team Russia to a bronze medal during the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship and a silver medal during the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship.

The Golden Knights acquired Gusev's rights during the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Nikita Gusev, Forward
Birthplace: Moscow, RUS
Height: 5-10
Weight: 181 lbs.
Age: 26
Draft: Selected by Tampa Bay in the 7th round (202nd overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right
Notes:

Put up a career-high 82 points (17G, 65A) to go with 10 penalty minutes in 62 games during the 2018-19 season with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL
Had 19 points (9G, 10A) in only 18 games during the 2019 KHL Playoffs with St. Petersburg
Named to the 2018-19 KHL All-Star Game
Led the KHL in assists (65) and points (82) during the 2018-19 season
Was named KHL forward of the month for January
Recorded three four-point games this season
Had two multi-goal games during the 2019 KHL Playoffs
Finished the 2017-18 season with 62 points (22G, 40A) to go with two penalty minutes in 54 games with St. Petersburg
Helped lead the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) to a gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea
Finished the Olympics with 12 points (4G, 8A) to go with four penalty minutes in six games and was named "Best Forward" in the tournament after leading all skaters in points

ABOUT THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
The Vegas Golden Knights are a National Hockey League franchise owned and operated by Black Knight Sports and Entertainment LLC. The Vegas Golden Knights were established by founding partners William Foley and his family and the Maloof family. For the latest news and information on the Golden Knights visit vegasgoldenknights.com. Fans can follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.