When it comes to Chinese New Year, animals take on symbolic meaning.
In the Year of the Monkey, the association is with the animal's cleverness, which is often equated to that of a smart person.
Similarly, the Year of the Ox, with oxen considered a significant part of farming in an agricultural society, is meant to represent diligence, persistence and honesty.
Years of the Horse, Snake and Goat similarly have certain characteristics associated with their beginning, with all Chinese New Year animals meant to be a predictor of character traits that will be rewarded in that calendar year.
With this being the Year of the Rooster, 2017 in the Chinese calendar is supposed to be a year laden with trustworthiness, as well as a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work.
As the Golden Knights seek to embody all of these traits as we build towards our first NHL season starting this fall, the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas awarded team owner Bill Foley with the symbolic Golden Rooster on Thursday to help ring in the Chinese New Year.