It been approximately 242 days since Las Vegas opened the doors to T-Mobile Arena, and the 2018 NHL season has been full of twists and turns. One of the pleasant surprises of the season is the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
Dubbed as the "Golden Misfits," the roster consisted of players cast aside from other NHL teams and made available during the expansion draft. Players like James Neal, Mark Andre-Fleury, Tomas Tatar, and William Karlsson all found new homes via the expansion draft.
The Golden Knights season began in an unconventional manner. On October 1st, a tragic mass-shooting occurred just days before the team's home opener. Killing 58 people and injuring many others. Fans and residents of Las Vegas became eager to find an outlet and escape the gloom overtaking sin-city.
Stadium Scene partner Jillian Fisher was on hand for an emotional night just days after the event.
Many executives in the league feel that Las Vegas general manager George McPhee should be the GM of the Year in the NHL. He had one goal, find players that play an up-tempo style and that would be good in the future.
What happened next surprised fans and executives of the of the National Hockey League. 13 players who dressed more than 30 games posted career highs in points. Mark Andre-Fleury reclaimed his form that we saw during his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 33 year old put up the best save percentage and goals-against average of his career.
Unfortunately, luck appears to be running out on the Golden Knights as they dropped Game 4 to the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Finals on Monday night. Ideally, the franchise would like to claim a title in its first season.
Regardless of the outcome on Thursday evening, the Knights succeeded in unifying a community that was grieving. The team also serving as a means to help people move on and persevere and that is greater than a Stanley Cup championship.