Golden Knights Handle Avalanche, 5-1

2018 Vegas Rookie Faceoff presented by NextGen 

Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee press conference discusses acquiring

Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty.

     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.

Smooth Move To Vegas For Stastny Family

x



VEGAS (September 19, 2018) - Landing a big-fish free agent like Paul Stastny is one of many offseason milestones that the Vegas Golden Knights achieved this summer.

Excitement surrounding his potential production in the Golden Knights lineup dominates conversation about the 32-year-old center. While Stastny has success on his mind for the upcoming season, he's had a lot of other things to focus on away from the ice.

He spent eight seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, three full seasons with the St. Louis Blues, and split time between St. Louis and the Winnipeg Jets last season. Living in the desert is new for Stastny and his family, and some adaptation to the new environment will be necessary.

"We had the scorpion guy come in yesterday," Stastny said. "He had to spray the house because he said the house hadn't been sprayed in a while."

That's something Stastny hasn't had to worry about in his 12-season NHL career.

"The house has a pool and, for how hot it is [in Las Vegas], you'd think pool would be a little warmer," he said. "When you've got kids that don't like cold water, you've got to heat that up."

Aside from getting the water temperature in the pool to a more comfortable level, Stastny said that the big move to Las Vegas has been smooth. When the Golden Knights joined the league last season, every player had to go through the process of moving to an unfamiliar city. Whether it be moving into a new home, finding schools for their kids, or finding a new favorite spot to have lunch, the off-ice obligations that come with joining a new team can be a lot to deal with.

That ordeal was easier for everyone last season by Deryk Engelland. He's called Las Vegas home for a decade and, when the team came to town, he and his family opened their arms to his new teammates. A year later, Stastny received the same treatment.

"Right away, Engelland and his wife contacted us," Stastny said. "His wife gave us this list of everything you could imagine that my wife would like from activities, after-school activities, what schools to go to, different restaurants, different lunch spots, different gyms to go workout, places with day care. That made it so easy for her."

As Stastny found his home and made his family comfortable in their exciting new situation, he's able to help guide Max Pacioretty to a successful move since his trade to the Golden Knights. Getting acclimated to a new city takes time, but the camaraderie among the Golden Knights makes it easier for the new players not miss a beat in Las Vegas.

VEGAS (September 18, 2018) - The Vegas Golden Knights notched their second win of the preseason with a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center.

HOW IT WENT DOWN
Vegas came out of the gates strong and grabbed a 1-0 at 6:05 of the first. Brandon Pirri whipped a wrist shot from the right side that beat Semyon Varlamov five-hole to put the visitors up by a goal. The Golden Knights held that lead after the first period and added to it early in the second. Erik Brannstrom took a pass on the rush and snapped a wrist shot by the glove of Varlamov to put Vegas up by a pair. Alex Tuchadded a power-play goal late in the period as he finished off a perfect passing play from Oscar Lindbergand Paul Stastny. Ryan Graves got the Avalanche on the scoreboard early in the third period, but Reid Duke's goal at 10:52 of the third put Vegas back up by three. Erik Haula added a late goal for Vegas as he one-timed a pass from Stastny into the back of the net to cap the night off at 5-1.

TOP PERFORMERS
Erik Brannstrom: Brannstrom posted a goal and an assist for Vegas, including the game-winning goal on a perfectly placed shot at 1
Tomas Hyka: Hyka assisted on both of the Golden Knights' first two goals.
Paul Stastny: Stastny had two assists in the game and wore an "A" in his first preseason game for the Golden Knights.
Zach Fucale: Fucale made 24 stops in his first game in a Golden Knights uniform.

FROM THE ROOM
Erik Haula 
On playing with Paul Stastny...
It was good. We talked a lot on the bench and it felt natural. He's pretty easy to play with and that's a good sign.

On potential of playing with Stastny and Max Pacioretty when the season starts...
That's the thing: we have to work hard and do the little things right. We definitely have the determination and skill to get it done.

Erik Brannstrom
On his comfort on the ice...
I felt better today. I was a little bit nervous the first game here, but I felt better today, more comfortable out there.

On how playing with established NHL players benefits his game...
It's easy playing with them. They've played a couple NHL games in their years so it's so easy to play with them. They know where you're going to be and always see the pass on the rushes.

Gerard Gallant
On the team's play in game two of the preseason...
From the start to the finish, it was a real solid game. The exhibition games don't really mean a lot for wins and losses, but we've played two great games so far.

On having Haula and Stastny play together...
So many times, the winger is the first guy back. When you've got so many centers, they can stay down low and they're both smart enough to read off each other.

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

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

Vegas Golden Knights  highlights  2018 Vegas Rookie Faceoff presented by NextGen 

-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.

     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...

-  Ice Time Hockey SW photos

DAY 1 - Saturday

Day 3 - Tuesday

Ice Time Hockey SW photos

     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.

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Vegas Golden Knights Taking Las Vegas By Storm!