The Golden Knights are helping hockey fans heal in the aftermath of the Oct. 1 mass shooting on the Strip.
The Vegas Golden Knights won their first home game Tuesday night, and T-Mobile Arena was filled with symbols of strength and salutes for first responders. Ceremonies before the game honored the 58 people who died in the Route 91 Harvest festival mass shooting on Oct. 1.
No one could have imagined that the first home game in the history of the NHL expansion team would be defined by such a mournful cause, but as it has so many times in the worst of moments, sports proved to be a powerful remedy.
MGM Resorts announced Monday it will have additional security measures in place for fans attending the Golden Knights’ home opener at T-Mobile Arena but did not provide details of the procedures.
With the tragic events of Sunday on the Strip still fresh, the Dallas Stars joined the Golden Knights on the Knights’ blue line at American Airlines Center as the teams stood in a moment of silence Friday.
Golden Knights owner Bill Foley’s charity organization partnered with the team’s American Hockey League affiliate Thursday to donate an additional $200,000 to support the victims and first responders in Sunday’s shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.
Rather than attending the final night of the Route 91 Harvest festival, Golden Knights goaltender Calvin Pickard was on lockdown with teammates at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
There will be electricity when the puck is dropped for the Vegas Golden Knights’ home opener, but that was going to occur before the Route 91 concert massacre. Now there also will be emotion that those in the nosebleed sections will feel.
Las Vegas’ first major league professional sports team accepts the responsibility of helping the city cope in the aftermath of the mass shooting tragedy Sunday night.
Owner Bill Foley said the NHL expansion team will do whatever is needed to help the city heal in the aftermath of Sunday’s shootings on the Strip.