Vegas Golden Knights is an ice hockey team based in Las Vegas, Nevada. They are a fresh NHL team that started their operations in 2017. Las Vegas was under rumours and discussion to be the next expansion team in NHL for years. The team made a tremendous debut in the league, being one of the strongest outfits throughout the season and eventually making it to the Stanley Cup finals. Knights are only the third team to make it to Stanley Cup Finals in their inaugural season.
The team colours of Vegas Golden Knights are steel grey, gold, red and black. Their General manager is Kelly McCrimmon, former minor league player and coach. The current head coach is Peter DeBoer, who replaced Gerard Gallant in January 2020. Gallant was the coach who took Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup finals earlier.
Golden Knights have two minor league affiliates: Henderson Silver Knights in AHL league and Fort Wayne Komets in ECHL league. Their home arena is T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip – the capacity of the arena is 17 500 for ice hockey matches. The arena is mostly used for concerts and boxing events.
Along with Golden Knights, also Quebec Nordiques applied for NHL expansion slot, but their bid was not approved. The reference to gold in the team name is due to Nevada being the biggest producer of gold in the United States.
Golden Knights won immediately their first NHL game vs. Dallas Stars and their season was solid from the start – but practically nobody could see them make it to the finals that year, as the odds for Golden Knights Stanley Cup victory was 500 to 1 in the beginning of the season. Vegas made it to the play-offs also the following season, but that time San Jose Sharks dropped them in the first round.
Greatest players of Golden Knights – Marc-Andre Fleury
Marc-Andre Fleury comes first to our mind, when we name a few players that have made Golden Knights so strong. Fleury joined Golden Knights through 2017 expansion draft, and he proved to be a winning goalkeeper. He has already presented Golden Knights twice in NHL All Star game. Fleury is also a gold medal winner from 2010 Winter Olympics with the Canadian hockey team.
Mark Stone – hefty right wing
Mark Stone, the hefty right wing from Winnipeg, have not played even his 100th regular season for Golden Knights yet, but he is already now an essential Vegas player. The year 2016 world champion is solid point scorer and especially his passing skills are worth mentioning. Before joining the Golden Knights, Stone played several years for Ottawa Senators.
William Karlsson – success story in Vegas
William Karlsson, the Swedish centre joined Golden Knights through the 2017 expansion draft. Karlsson’s career took a big step forward in Vegas and he scored 78 regular season points in 2017-18 season – and was an important player in the successful play-offs as well. It is interesting to see, how the Swede will fare in the future – his best years might be ahead of him.