Last night was bigger than just an NHL expansion team playing their first game at home, it was about a city overcoming a horrific tragedy, it was about remembering the lives we lost a week and a half ago and it was about honoring the heroes who saved lives. After that emotional video montage, Vegas resident Deryk Engelland gave an emotional speech “I met my wife here, my kids were born here and I know how special this city is.” “To the families and friends of the victims, know that we’ll do everything we can to help you and our city heal”
“Fifty-eight seconds. That was the length of the moment of silence at the Vegas Golden Knights’ inaugural home opener Tuesday.
Fifty-eight seconds, one for each person killed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival of country music on Oct. 1 by the gunman on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, just down the Strip from T-Mobile Arena.” says NHL.com
As I was watching the Golden Knights make NHL history last night, becoming the first team to start 3-0-0 in their inaugural season, I also noticed the lack of advertising on the boards. You’ve seen it at Oilers games and watching hockey on TV, but last night the Golden Knights took all their advertising off for a more important message.
If you haven’t seen it yet, this is what Vegas and the Dallas Stars did before they played their first game of the season.
“Tonight, the Golden Knights and Stars are on opposite sides. Yet they stood together.
For Las Vegas. #VegasStrong”