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.

NEW YORK (Dec. 16, 2019) - Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty , Ottawa Senators left wing Anthony Duclair and Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending Dec 15.

FIRST STAR - MAX PACIORETTY, LW, VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
Pacioretty led all skaters with 5-3-8 in four contests to help the Golden Knights (18-13-5, 41 points) win three of four contests to move into second place in the Pacific Division and one point back of the Arizona Coyotes (19-12-4, 42 points) for first. Pacioretty, who has scored a goal in each of his last four appearances, opened the week with one goal in a 5-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Dec. 10 and then scored another goal in a 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Blues Dec. 12. He then registered back-to-back multi-point performances with 1-1-2, including the overtime winner, in a 3-2 victory over the Dallas Stars Dec. 13 and a season-high four points (2-2-4) in a 6-3 triumph over the Vancouver Canucks Dec. 15. The 31-year-old New Canaan, Conn., native is in his second campaign with the Golden Knights and leads all Vegas skaters in goals (15), assists (19) and points (34) in 2019-20.

SECOND STAR - ANTHONY DUCLAIR, LW, OTTAWA SENATORS
Duclair tied for the League lead with five goals, including a pair of multi-goal outings, totaling 5-1-6 across three games to help the Senators (14-17-2, 30 points) capture five of a possible six standings points. Duclair opened the week with 2-1-3 in a 5-2 victory over the Atlantic Division-leading Boston Bruins Dec. 9 and then was held without a point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens Dec. 11. He closed the week by capping his third career hat trick with the overtime winner in a 4-3 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets Dec. 14. A 24-year-old native of Pointe-Claire, Que., Duclair leads all Senators skaters and ranks tied for ninth in the NHL with 18 goals this season (33 GP) - two shy of his career high set in 2015-16 (20 G in 81 GP). Since being acquired by Ottawa in a trade on Feb. 23, Duclair has registered 26-13-39 in 55 games - only nine players in the League have scored more regular-season goals over that timeframe.

THIRD STAR - JACK EICHEL, C, BUFFALO SABRES
Eichel recorded multiple points in each of his three appearances last week and tied for the League lead with five goals (5-1-6 in 3 GP) to help the Sabres (16-11-7, 39 points) gain five of a possible six standings points and move into second place in the Atlantic Division. Eichel opened the week with consecutive two-goal games, netting 2-0-2 including the game-winning tally in a 5-2 victory over the Western Conference-leading St. Louis Blues Dec. 10 and then another pair of goals in a 4-3 triumph over the Nashville Predators Dec. 12. He capped the week with 1-1-2 in a 3-2 overtime loss to the New York Islanders Dec. 14 to extend his point streak to 16 games (15-14-29 in 16 GP) - the longest by any player this season and longest by a Sabres skater since Tim Connolly in 2009-10 (16 GP). A 23-year-old native of North Chelmsford, Mass., Eichel ranks among the top ten this season in goals (2nd; 23), assists (9th; 25) and points (t-5th; 48).

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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New Canaan, CT native has

scored a goal in each of his last four appearances

December 24, 2019


The holiday season season brings expectations like no other time of year. As a new year, and a new decade fast approach I thought it might be a good time to review and preview the expectations of the Vegas Golden Knights.


The Golden Knights have seemingly exceeded all expectations midway through their third season in the National Hockey League, however expectations are a funny thing. Case in point, in the Golden Knights inaugural season there were no expectations, at least until sometime in early April of 2018 when the team made a run all the way to Stanley Cup Final. That run left fans expecting to win the Cup not only that summer but every summer, until the end of time.


Fast forward 18 months and again that word expectations cropped up. What were the guys in black and Vegas gold expected to do in year three? Well, they got more talented offensively, they still have one of the best goaltenders in all of the NHL and no one knew what they had on defense, but at worst it was average. So, obviously the expectations were Stanley Cup Champions or bust!


As we head into the league mandated holiday break, the Golden Knights find themselves tied with the Arizona Coyotes for the top spot in the Pacific Division, yet their path to first place has been rocky and inconsistent at best. The team has seemed unbeatable at times and others unable to beat any team, yet if the goal was a Stanley Cup Championship, a good start is a Pacific Division Championship.
Thus, all things should be good in Vegas, right? Not so fast, the inconsistency has media and fans wondering, is this team what they expected? Are the expectations of a parade down the Vegas Strip in June still there in late December? Only time will tell, but the questions continue. Do the cap strapped Golden Knights need to wheel and deal to improve their defensive corps? Will their offense become more consistent from top to bottom? Will Marc-Andre Fleury be able to sustain his magician like goaltending? All great questions that lead us right back to that word again... expectations!


So as we look forward to the expectations of the new year and decade, may I suggest we slow down a bit and take time to enjoy the here and now! Happy Holidays Vegas Golden Knights fans, enjoy your first place team and continue to cheer like no other fan base in the NHL and leave the expectations to your oddsmakers!



by Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

VANCOUVER, BC  (June 21, 2019) -  The Vegas Golden Knights selected forward Peyton Krebs 17th overall on the first day of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Krebs recorded 68 points (19 G, 49 A) to go with 63 penalty minutes in 64 games for the Kootenay Ice (WHL) during the 2018-19 regular season. During his 2017-18 campaign with the Ice, the Calgary, AB native recorded 54 points (17 G, 37 A) to go with 40 penalty minutes in 67 games. He also recorded five points (2 G, 3 A) and helped lead Team Canada to a gold medal during the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.

Peyton Krebs, Forward
Hometown: Calgary, AB, Canada
Height: 5-11
Weight: 181 lbs.
Age: 18
Drafted from: Winnipeg Ice (WHL)
Shoots: Left
Notes:
- Recorded 68 points (19 G, 49 A) to go with 63 penalty minutes in 64 games with the Winnipeg Ice during the 2018-19 regular season.
- Won gold with Team Canada at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.
- Had the most points by a rookie (54) in the WHL during the 2017-18 season.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS FORWARD PEYTON KREBS
Thoughts on what your emotions were when you heard your name…
It's surreal. I was trying to hold in the tears. It's a special moment for me and my family and I'm just really thankful to be able to be blessed by the game and I'm just very excited to get to know Vegas and all it has to offer, so I'm very excited.
 
Thoughts on your injury…
Unfortunately, I cut my Achilles the other week so I had surgery on that two weeks ago and I'm just healing up now so I can be ready for the season.
 
Thoughts on Cody Glass…
Yeah, Cody I played against him once this year. We actually chatted on faceoff there so it's pretty cool. He's a great person. My brother's known him for a while now and I've gotten to know him so pretty special guy and I'm looking forward to getting to know him better.
 
Thoughts on what you can bring to the team…
I think I can be a 200-foot player who can add a lot of speed and hockey IQ to the Vegas Golden Knights and I want to bring home a cup.
 
Thoughts on what the interview process was like with the Golden Knights…
I talked to them at the Combine but wasn't really sure where I was going to end up. I just heard my name and I was so pumped and so excited. My uncle texted me right before and he said, "Vegas, baby!" right before so that was pretty cool. I'm so pumped right now. It's pretty cool.
 
Thoughts on where your determined mindset originated from…
I think growing up with lots of brothers you always have to make sure you're on your toes and fight for everything. I've had a great support system growing up and I just put in my mentality that I've got to work for everything. To get here is not easy and the draft is a little piece of the puzzle for sure, but I want to keep going hard. My family has been amazingly supportive of me and my coaching staff, I've had great coaches. I'm just blessed to be here.
 
Thoughts on your family and upbringing…
I grew up in Okotoks, Alberta just outside of Calgary. My dad brought me into hockey, and I fell in love with it. I think my passion grew as I got older and I'm so excited to be here and just keep going with my journey here.
 
Thoughts on how much you've watched Vegas…
It's been a special three years and I hope to continue that, for sure. The atmosphere in Vegas starts with their fans. I've heard it's unbelievable, so I'm looking forward to feeling that, experiencing that, and I wanted to go to a place that I could get the shivers every time I walked into the building. I think Vegas will do that. I'm pretty pumped.

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.

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

VGK Select Forward Peyton Krebs In Round 1 Of The 2019 NHL Entry Draft

- photo courtesy Vegas Golden Knights

-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.

VGK goalie dazzled in his first game back from personal absence

     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...

GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2019-20 REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:
All times Pacific and are subject to change
OCTOBER:
Wed. Oct. 2 vs. San Jose, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 4 at San Jose, 7:30 p.m.
Tue. Oct. 8 vs. Boston, 7 p.m.
Thu. Oct. 10 at Arizona, 7 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 12 vs. Calgary, 7 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 13 at Los Angeles, 7 p.m.
Tue. Oct. 15 vs. Nashville, 7 p.m.
Thu. Oct. 17 vs. Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Sat. Oct. 19 at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Mon. Oct. 21 at Philadelphia, 4 p.m.
Tue. Oct. 22 at Chicago, 5:30 p.m.
Fri. Oct. 25 vs. Colorado, 3 p.m.
Sun. Oct. 27 vs. Anaheim, 5 p.m.
Thu. Oct. 31 vs. Montreal, 7 p.m.
 
NOVEMBER:
Sat. Nov. 2 vs. Winnipeg, 7 p.m.
Tue. Nov. 5 at Columbus, 4 p.m.
Thu. Nov. 7 at Toronto, 4 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 9 at Washington, 4 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 10 at Detroit, 2 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 13 vs. Chicago, 7 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 16 at Los Angeles, 7 p.m.
Sun. Nov. 17 vs. Calgary, 5 p.m.
Tue. Nov. 19 vs. Toronto, 7 p.m.
Thu. Nov. 21 vs. San Jose, 7 p.m.
Sat. Nov. 23 vs. Edmonton, 7 p.m.
Mon. Nov. 25 at Dallas, 5:30 p.m.
Wed. Nov. 27 at Nashville, 5 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 29 vs. Arizona, 3 p.m.
 
DECEMBER:
Mon. Dec. 2 at NY Rangers, 4 p.m.
Tue. Dec. 3 at New Jersey, 4 p.m.
Thu. Dec. 5 at NY Islanders, 4 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 8 vs. NY Rangers, 4 p.m.
Tue. Dec. 10 vs. Chicago, 7 p.m.
Thu. Dec. 12 at St. Louis, 5 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 13 at Dallas, 5 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 15 vs. Vancouver, 5 p.m.
Tue. Dec. 17 vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.
Thu. Dec. 19 at Vancouver, 7 p.m.
Sun. Dec. 22 at San Jose, 7 p.m.
Mon. Dec. 23 vs. Colorado, 7 p.m.
Fri. Dec. 27 at Anaheim, 7 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 28 vs. Arizona, 7 p.m.
Tue. Dec. 31 vs. Anaheim, 12 p.m.
 
JANUARY:
Thu. Jan. 2 vs. Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 4 vs. St. Louis, 1 p.m.
Tue. Jan. 7 vs. Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
Thu. Jan. 9 vs. Los Angeles, 7 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 11 vs. Columbus, 7 p.m.
Tue. Jan 14 at Buffalo, 4 p.m.
Thu. Jan. 16 at Ottawa, 4:30 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 18 at Montreal, 4 p.m.
Tue. Jan. 21 at Boston, 4 p.m.
Fri. Jan. 31 at Carolina, 4:30 p.m.
 
FEBRUARY:
Sat. Feb. 1 at Nashville, 5 p.m.
Tue. Feb. 4 at Tampa Bay, 4 p.m.
Thu. Feb. 6 at Florida, 4 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 8 vs. Carolina, 7 p.m.
Tue. Feb. 11 at Minnesota, 5 p.m.
Thu. Feb. 13 vs. St. Louis, 7 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 15 vs. NY Islanders, 7:30 p.m.
Mon. Feb. 17 vs. Washington, 3 p.m.
Thu. Feb. 20 vs. Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.
Sat. Feb. 22 vs. Florida, 7 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 23 at Anaheim, 7 p.m.
Wed. Feb. 26 vs. Edmonton, 7:30 p.m.
Fri. Feb. 28 vs. Buffalo, 7 p.m.
 
MARCH:
Sun. March 1 vs. Los Angeles, 7:30 p.m.
Tue. March 3 vs. New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Fri. March 6 at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
Sun. March 8 at Calgary, 4 p.m.
Mon. March 9 at Edmonton, 6 p.m.
Thu. March 12 at Minnesota, 5 p.m.
Sun. March 15 at Colorado, 12 p.m.
Tue. March 17 vs. Dallas, 7 p.m.
Wed. March 18 at Arizona, 7 p.m.
Sat. March 21 vs. Detroit, 7 p.m.
Mon. March 23 vs. Vancouver, 7 p.m.
Wed. March 25 vs. Arizona, 7:30 p.m.
Sun. March 29 at Winnipeg, 12 p.m.
Tue. March 31 at Edmonton, 6 p.m.
 
APRIL:
Thu. April 2 at Calgary, 6 p.m.
Sat. April 4 at Vancouver, 7 p.m.

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.

by Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

NEW YORK (Dec. 16, 2019) - It was a small moment in the lengthy and glorious careers of Marc-Andre Fleury and Jonathan Toews. But it spoke strongly and clearly to the respect Marc-Andre Fleury garners around the NHL. Not just in Vegas and Pittsburgh, where he has built relationships with teammates and fanbases, but league wide.

Toews has forged a reputation as one of the most competitive players in the NHL. He has three Stanley Cups, two Olympic gold medals, one World Championship gold and two World Junior golds. With his Chicago Blackhawks trailing Fleury's Golden Knights by a score of 2-0 late in the second period of Tuesday's game in Vegas, Toews found himself alone on Fleury's doorstep with puck on stick. He rapped once. Denied. He rapped harder a second time. Denied.

And as the overflow crowd of 18,319 poured a chorus of love down on Fleury, the Blackhawks captain tilted his head to the rafters and laughed at himself and his fate. Then, knowing the burden on Fleury following the death of his father, Toews slid back out of the pack and looked over at Fleury and mouthed a few words mixed in respect and friendship.

"I couldn't hear him," said Fleury. "But I saw him after the game and he was very nice. First, he said, 'You robbed me.' Then he said some nice things. He's a good guy."

Fleury's father Andre died at the age of 63 on November 27, and the goaltender and son took some time away from the team, sitting out seven games.

Tuesday's 5-1 win, a shutout bid spoiled by Dominik Kubalik with just 27 seconds remaining, was Fleury's first back in the net.

"Yeah, a little bit (emotional). I got to think about (my dad) a bunch. I'm just happy we got the win there at the end," said Fleury, his eyes rimmed with red and his voice at times halting. "Things were happening faster than I remembered and it took me a little bit, a few minutes there to get going. The more the game went on the better I felt, the more calm and relaxed. But the guys in front played very good for me, so that's a big help too."

Fleury was greeted with an ovation when his name was announced prior to the game, and throughout the night as he made save after save, the crowd continued to pay him off.

"It was good. I was away for a little while and the first game you're always a little worried to see how things are going to go and I want to do well for the team, so I'm happy that things worked out pretty good today," he said, after stopping 28 of the 29 shots he faced. "I've got so much encouragement and support from my teammates, people on the team and the fans. And, again, (Tuesday) they were very nice to me and it's always nice to get that feeling when you get back on the ice."

Fleury's absence underscored with his teammates how much he means to them both on and off the ice.

"He's the greatest leader I have ever been around," said winger Max Pacioretty.

That's no small statement from a man who was once captain of the Montreal Canadiens.

Teammates say Fleury isn't a screamer and he doesn't speak in order to hear his own voice.

"When he speaks, we all listen. I've never seen anything like it. When he stands up, the room goes silent," explained Jonathan Marchessault. "And when he's done, there's no questioning him. Flower said it, so that's the way it is."

Golden Knights President of Hockey Operations George McPhee and General Manager Kelly McCrimmon knew they were getting an elite goalie when they selected Fleury in the expansion draft; they didn't know they were getting a leader who would guide their team literally and figuratively to a place of prominence on the NHL map.

They also couldn't have known they were bringing an athlete to Las Vegas who would ingrain himself in the city and the hearts of its citizens. All while not aiming to do anything more than play good hockey and put smiles on the faces around him.

Fleury is both effortless and authentic as a leader.

"The reason he's such a good leader is because he's such a good person," states Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb. "Everyone loves him. That's why we follow him."

     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.

Golden Knights Forward Max Pacioretty

Named NHL "First Star" Of The Week

by Gary Lawless @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Vegas Golden Knights Taking Las Vegas By Storm!

- photo courtesy Vegas Golden Knights

- photo courtesy Vegas Golden Knights

Fondness For Fleury

Goes Beyond Golden Knights