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5 Reasons To Be Excited For This Week's Open House

The Golden Knights are hosting an Open House at T-Mobile Arena from 8:00 AM on Tuesday until 8:00 AM on Wednesday

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

The Golden Knights are hosting a unique 24-hour Open House at T-Mobile Arena this week.

It will start at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, Feb. 21 and run until 8:00 AM on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Tickets are not required, and entrance into the arena will be free of charge.

Here are five other reasons to be excited for this first-of-its-kind event.

1. This Is A 24-Hour Event

As far as we know, no other NHL team has ever hosted a 24-hour Open House of this kind.

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Behind The Vegas Ice Episode 3 Recap

Episode 3 debuted on Wednesday and featured the series' first on-ice scenes

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

It's the one element that's been missing from the first two episodes of Behind The Vegas Ice that emerged as a focal point when Episode 3 debuted on Wednesday.


Like, the actual playing of hockey, on the ice. Two teams, intense competition. Shooting, scoring, hitting.

The way the Golden Knights will eventually be playing it.

Episode 3 of Behind The Vegas Ice was memorable in that it was carried by the first on-ice scenes in the series. These scenes took place in Montreal, where Behind The Vegas Ice cameras followed members of the Golden Knights hockey operations staff to the World Junior Championships in December and January.

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Fox 5 Highlights Golden Knights' 24-Hour Open House

SVP/CMO Nehme Abouzeid provided details about next week's event, including information on chances to win tickets to our home opener.

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

It'll be a little different than any event our team has hosted.

After all, how many fans can say they've been in an NHL arena at 3:00 in the morning?

But this is the sort of thing that will be possible next week, when the Golden Knights host a unique 24-hour Open House at T-Mobile Arena. From 8:00 AM on Tuesday, Feb. 21 until 8:00 AM on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 8:00 AM, fans, whether currently owning season tickets or not, have an open invitation to stop by T-Mobile Arena.

The purpose of the event is to help get fans acclimated with the facility, and get to mingle with fellow Golden Knights fans and staff.

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Expansion Draft Primer: What Positions Do We Select?

Of Vegas' 30 picks in the Expansion Draft, the team is mandated to select a certain amount of players from every position

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

When hockey teams conduct drafts, the modus operandi is more often than not to select the best player available, regardless of position.

Where even if a team is badly in need of a goaltender, for example, it probably won't select a goaltender in the NHL Entry Draft if a center who they feel is better than the goaltender is available.

The logic is that the makeup of NHL rosters is so fluid from season to season that it doesn't make sense to select a prospect to fill a positional need, when by the time that player blossoms, the team's positional needs will have already changed.

There's also the rationale that if an organization routinely looks past superior talent in an attempt to address a certain position need, it will significantly lower the aggregate value of a team's assets in the long term.

Especially when teams can also more immediately address positional needs via trades or free agency.

Of course, the NHL Expansion Draft is a little different than the Entry Draft.

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Golden Knights To Host 24-Hour Open House

The 24-hour event will be held at T-Mobile Arena Feb. 21-22; CBS Radio Las Vegas to broadcast live

by Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights /

VEGAS (February 14, 2017) - Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz announced today, February 14, that the team will hold a 24-hour open house at T-Mobile Arena beginning Tuesday, February 21 at 8:00 a.m. PT and continuing until Wednesday, February 22 at 8:00 a.m. PT. During the open house, current season ticket members and prospective season ticket members are welcome to view the arena from their respective seats, tour the facility and participate in a variety of interactive programming. Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to win tickets to the historic Golden Knights 2017-18 home opener at T-Mobile Arena, which will be the first ever regular season home game in team history. The team will also be showcasing their 11 and 22-game season ticket offerings, which will be available for purchase at the event.

Additionally, CBS RADIO Las Vegas will be on location at T-Mobile Arena broadcasting several popular shows from a mix of stations LIVE from 6:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. The full broadcast schedule can be found below.

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Episode 3 of Behind The Vegas Ice To Air Feb. 15

The episode airs 8:00 PM PST on Cox 96 & 1096; viewing party at Findlay Toyota at 6:00 PM PST

by Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights /

Las Vegas, Feb. 13, 2017 - Episode 3 of Behind the Vegas Ice will air Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. PST exclusively on Cox Channel 96 and Cox Channel 1096 in HD. It will also be offered live online in the Las Vegas area at Titled "Scouting, Planning and Building," Episode 3 is part of a 10-episode docu-drama that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Vegas Golden Knights, an NHL expansion team based in Las Vegas, Nev. Watch the preview of Episode 3 here.

"The enthusiasm locally continues to grow for the Vegas Golden Knights," said Michael Parisi, vice president of Cox Media in Las Vegas. "And we feel privileged about being able to tell their unfolding story through the Behind the Vegas Ice program."

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Bryce Harper Proud To Support Golden Knights

The Vegas native sported team apparel in a video shoot with the team on Saturday

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

Ever since his days as a phenom at Las Vegas High School, Bryce Harper has been the face of sports in Las Vegas.

Whether it was his freakish power or ability to violently swing the bat, yet move about the baseball diamond with elegant ease, he'd been pegged for Major League Baseball superstardom long before he ever wore a Washington Nationals uniform.

Before he was a National treasure, Harper was just Bryce, the kid from Las Vegas.

The fact that Harper still very much remains Bryce, the kid from Las Vegas, even after ascending to the top of the national sporting scene continues to endear him to locals, who see him as one of their own.

Although still just 24 years of age, Harper's already done almost it all, including lifting the profile of Las Vegas athletics to a new level.

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Celebrating Two Years Of Support From Our Fans

On February 10, 2015, we began our ticket drive that eventually resulted in the birth of Vegas' NHL franchise

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

It wasn't much to look at.

A few telephones, a handful of computers and an abbreviated row of desks neatly positioned beneath its windows.

And a functional, square table dropped in the middle.

That's about it. Just 300 square feet of glory.

Other than the hint of palm trees that subtly peaked through the usually drawn-in shutters, there wasn't much indication that this tiny, Spartan office space was anything more than…tiny, Spartan office space.

But despite its unspectacular setup, this nondescript outcove in a Henderson office was Ground Zero for the launch of Las Vegas' NHL franchise two years ago today.

On February 10, 2015, a skeleton staff of six contracted and part-time employees, forted up in this mostly forgettable suburban office and began the unforgettable process of selling season ticket deposits for NHL hockey.

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Golden Knights Receive Commemorative Golden Rooster

The Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas presented owner Bill Foley with a special award to help ring in Chinese New Year's Year of the Rooster

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

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.

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Bubolz Discusses NFL, Golden Knights Business On TSN

Vegas' team president also spoke about the team's jerseys, LeBron James and building our franchise

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

Building a hockey team from scratch is no easy task.

After all, there's a reason that no first-year NHL franchise has qualified for the playoffs since 1980.

This is because gathering players where you used to have none, assembling a staff and meshing everything together is hard work. Especially when pitted against opponents that have decades of infrastructure, who are years into carefully laid out plans for success, it can be downright difficult to even have a respectable record in a team's formative years.

But while the on-ice product often receives more attention for expansion franchises, it's an equally challenging process to put together a business staff from scratch.

Which although it doesn't always have as much pizzazz as on-ice activity, is equally important to a team's long-term success.

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What Will We Value In A Coach?

Golden Knights general manager George McPhee addressed the topic on SiriusXM NHL Network

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

It's been an ever-evolving storyline throughout the winter.

Who will be the first head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights?

Rumors have persisted, names have been bandied about. And as the NHL season has worn on and other teams have made coaching changes, the plot has certainly thickened.

In a Wednesday interview with SiriusXM NHL Network, Golden Knights general manager George McPhee shared some insight into what qualities he will be looking for in the team's first head coach.

"We met several months ago on this," McPhee said. "We talked about what we were looking for in a coach. The personality traits and the experience and everything else and decided that there would be a short list that we could put together. That we'd want someone who'd be the right fit for the Vegas Golden Knights, short term and long term. And that we would prefer to have an experienced coach.

"If it took us to the spring to exhaust that process, we would."

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Expansion Draft Primer: Who Can Teams Protect?

NHL teams will have two options of how many players they can protect from the Golden Knights in the Expansion Draft

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

Leading up to the NHL Expansion Draft in June, will be providing a weekly primer to better explain the rules.

So many choices. So little time.

If there was ever a theme to the NHL Expansion Draft for the Golden Knights, this would be it.

After all, while most NHL rosters (23 players) typically add or replace 4-5 players per year, Vegas will almost entirely be stocking its roster during a two-day span.

This will happen during the Expansion Draft, which takes place from June 18-20. Vegas' selections will be announced on June 21.

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George McPhee Updates Golden Knights' February Plans

Identifying local medical staff, diversity in personnel highlight McPhee's plans

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

What the heck does Cirque du Soleil have in common with hockey?

As we found out this week, one thing these two seemingly opposite disciplines have in common is Jay Mellette, who was hired by the Golden Knights as the team's director of sports performance and head athletic trainer.

What we find out today is how Mellette's hire fits into Golden Knights general manager George McPhee's larger plan.

"He's going to be a big part of the build out of our staff," McPhee said of Mellette. "We wanted someone who was familiar with the talent in Las Vegas in medicine and sports performance. He's looked after 500 athletes here in this marketplace and used a lot of different people. He's well-versed in the process and knows the top people in the marketplace to send our athletes to or to hire.

"Now that Jay's on board, we're starting to build out our medical team and sports performance department. I think, going forward, we're in pretty good shape."

As McPhee detailed further, Mellette's hiring fits two other purposes that are part of the team's bigger picture.

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Bubolz Goes 1-on-1 With Yahoo! Sports

Golden Knights president Kerry Bubolz recently updated the status of the team's business initiatives

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

There's a saying about icebergs.

The way it goes is that what you see on the surface only equates for 10 percent of the iceberg. The remaining 90 percent lies buried beneath the ocean, out of sight, out of mind. This often results in observers underestimating the size of what the iceberg is.

Throughout the 2016-17 season, the Vegas Golden Knights are kind of like an iceberg.

There's been a lot of headlines about the city's first major league pro sports franchise. They have ranged from it receiving its name and logo, the opening of T-Mobile Arena and the hiring of George McPhee as general manager.

But, like an iceberg, this visible portion of what the Golden Knights have been up to is only a fraction of the many items that have to be checked off before Opening Night this fall.

On the business side, team president Kerry Bubolz is leading the charge.

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What Would Having NHL All-Star Game In Vegas Be Like?

Bruins Rask: "To have it in Vegas would be times 10"

by Dan Marrazza GoldenKnights /

This past weekend at the NHL All-Star Game, it was the thought that couldn't escape the Golden Knights' brass's minds.

As Staples Center was jammed to capacity, as the area around LA Live that closely resembles The Park outside T-Mobile Arena was jammed with fan fests, public ice skating and activity. As Snoop Dogg and Nick Jonas performed on the ice, as the league's elite talent scored breathtaking goals at a dizzying rate, as all the NHL's excitement was focused on LA.

This whole time, Vegas' front office, attending its first All-Star Game as a team, couldn't help but fantasize about how spectacular it would be to perhaps someday host an All-Star Game in our city.

Apparently, we weren't the only ones consumed with this daydream.

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Golden Knights Turn To Cirque du Soleil For Edge

The Golden Knights added longtime Cirque Director of Performance Medicine Jay Mellette to the team's staff

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

If you can say one thing about Golden Knights general manager George McPhee, it's this: the man isn't afraid to think outside the box to gain a competitive advantage.

Employ a deep-reaching level of advanced analytics? Check. Hire non-sports "interview" specialists to help his hockey operations staff get better at delving deeper into the psychological makeup of players? Check.

Whether it's hiring 25-year-old scouts or a pro hockey outsider whose claim to fame is launching his own independent website to help evaluate players, McPhee has shown a willingness in his early days as Vegas GM to revolt against the status quo when building our team.

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Mellette Hired As Director Of Sports Performance

A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Mellette leaves Cirque du Soleil to join the Golden Knights as Director of Sports Performance and Head Athletic Trainer

by Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights /

VEGAS (January 30, 2017) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, January 30, that the team has hired Jay Mellette as their Director of Sports Performance and Head Athletic Trainer. A veteran of the United States Air Force, Mellette joins the Golden Knights after spending the last 12 years with Cirque du Soleil, most recently as their Director of Performance Medicine.

As the Golden Knights Director of Sports Performance and Head Athletic Trainer, Mellette will oversee the daily administration of the curative, preventative and performance enhancement services delivered by the Golden Knights Sports Performance staff. Mellette will also be responsible for ensuring that Golden Knights players receive appropriate, comprehensive and effective sports performance services.

"Jay possesses a truly unique sports performance and leadership background," said Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee. "His impressive tenure at Cirque du Soleil along with his experience in the Armed Forces will impact our organization in a meaningful way. Trainers and sports performance staff play a vital role in the success of any professional team and we are excited to have Jay help direct our efforts in this area."

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Looking Back At Our First All-Star Weekend

#BoldInGoldContest Winners And Golden Knights Staff Represented Vegas At Its First NHL All-Star Game

by Dan Marrazza @DanMarrazza /

Sunday, January 29: 9:46 PM

After the All-Star Game, our group immediately shuttled back to LAX for a quick flight back home to Vegas.

For our group, as we prepare for our first season in competition this fall, it was very gratifying to be welcomed by the NHL family with open arms this weekend.

The treatment we received by the group in Los Angeles was first class, and besides having us even more excited to be part of the league in coming seasons, this weekend also created a lot of lifelong memories for our group.

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NHL Fastest Skater: 3 Memorable Moments

We look back at the three most memorable moments from the NHL's Fastest Skater Competition

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

It's the most simple of contests, mimicked on schoolyards across the country on a daily basis. Except now it's set on a larger stage during NHL All-Star Weekend: The race to see who's fastest.

In the NHL, by far the fastest of the major four North American professional sports, these races reach blinding speed at the NHL's Skills Competition.

When this contest was established, the format was that players skate the full 552-foot perimeter of the ice surface, fastest time wins.

In modern times, players go 1-on-1, simultaneously racing around a perimeter about half the size of a full lap around the rink.

The winner of the 1-on-1 then does a subsequent full lap, where they attempt to break the contest's all-time record, currently held by Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings.

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Accuracy Shooting: 3 Top Moments

Looking back at the three most memorable moments from the NHL's accuracy shooting contest

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

When it comes to the NHL Accuracy Shooting competition, the magic number is four. As in four targets.

With 15-inch targets placed in each of the net's four corners (upper left, upper right, lower left, lower right), the objective in this contest is to hit all four targets as quickly as possible.

In this contest's early years, players were allotted a maximum of eight shots, with most players electing to exclusively utilize wrist shots, which although not as hard as a slap shot, increases the chances of accuracy.

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Hardest Shot Competition: 3 Top Moments

We look back at the three most memorable moments in the history of the NHL's Hardest Shot Competition

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

Ever since it debuted in the inaugural NHL All-Star Skills Competition in Pittsburgh in 1990, the Hardest Shot Contest has been a mainstay event in the contest.

After all, the concept is simple. The biggest, strongest players in the game line up, gather a full head of steam and smash the hardest slap shot that they possibly can into a vacant goal. Most velocity wins.

The allure, however, of this competition has grown as the years have passed based on simple science.

For example, when Al Iafrate won the contest in 1990, his winning shot was 96 mph. A year later, Al MacInnis took the crown at 94 mph.

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Are We The Team Of Choice For Former Thrashers Fans?

Since the Thrashers moved to Winnipeg in 2011, many Atlanta fans have been searching for a new favorite team.

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

Professional sports teams are very often sources of emotion.

When a team wins a championship, or even a single game, it can bring about a feeling of euphoria for its fans. At the same time, losses can be bitter, and even for individuals with no other affiliation to the team except for a fan's allegiance, these defeats can stay with them for a lifetime.

For sports fans, these are common emotions.

The emotions that most sports fans never have to address are those associated with the relocation of their favorite team.

Where as exciting as it was for Vegas to get an NHL team, the emotions involved in cities that lose their teams are just as visceral in the opposite direction.

The most recent fan base to be inflicted with this sort of loss was that of the Atlanta Thrashers, which departed for Winnipeg in 2011 after joining the NHL in 1999.

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McPhee's Staff Will Get Creative To Evaluate Players

In an interview with CBS, McPhee discussed analytics and player interview techniques, among other subjects.

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

When it comes to analyzing hockey players, there are two schools of thought: the old school and the new school.

As is often the case, especially as technology has evolved and made it possible for keen minds to invent new criteria with which to evaluate players on, the decision to rely on analytics or the traditional 'watch the games' mantra has often become contentious.

It's almost like the movie Moneyball.

As Peter Brand, actor Jonah Hill represent the new school analytics crowd. He's hardly been to a baseball game but is smart as a whip with statistics. And despite his lack of a baseball background, quickly becomes one of the highest ranked baseball executives in the Oakland A's front office, helping the team find value in players that no other team wants.

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Brian Hayward: 'I Think Vegas Is Going To Do Great'

The Anaheim Ducks broadcaster and former goalie for the expansion San Jose Sharks shares his thoughts on the Golden Knights

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

What is it like to play for an NHL Expansion Team?

Well, considering that the NHL hasn't expanded since the 2000-01 season, and only one active player - Marian Gaborik - played for an expansion team in its first season, there aren't too many men who can answer this question.

Brian Hayward, broadcaster for the Anaheim Ducks, is one of them.

Twenty-six years ago, Hayward was the goaltender for the expansion San Jose Sharks.

"I'd tell the goaltenders to do a lot of stretching," Hayward recently told #NHLFaceoffChat when asked about his advice for players who'll suit up for the inaugural Golden Knights next season.

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What To Expect At The NHL Skills Competition

A rundown of what events will be contested during this weekend's NHL Skills Competition.

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

When the NHL's All-Stars convene this weekend in Los Angeles, it won't be to simply play a regular All-Star Game by typical All-Star rules and regulations.

As has become custom, the weekend of the NHL All-Star Game features a myriad of events and contests, aimed to celebrate hockey's top players.

The All-Star Game itself, played under a 3-on-3 format, will be this Sunday at 12:30 PST (NBC). The night before will be the 2017 Coors Light NHL All-Stars Skills Competition, a league tradition dating back to 1990's All-Star festivities in Pittsburgh. The Skills Competition, for those who've never witnessed it, is almost exactly what its name implies: a contest of individual skills, outside of the format of traditional hockey games.

Where Major League Baseball similarly has its All-Star Home Run Derby and the NBA its Slam Dunk Contest, the NHL's Skills Competition measures individual skills that are related to hockey's overall gameplay.

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Bill Foley Surprises Vegas Fan With All-Star-Trip

The Golden Knights owner presented a season ticket holder, selected at random, with an all-expenses trip to NHL All-Star Weekend

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

In a season, 2017-18, where the Golden Knights have neither an active roster nor schedule, finding proper representatives for Vegas at NHL All-Star Weekend was no easy task.

The #BoldInGoldContest, where fans could showcase their team spirit for a chance to win an all-expenses trip to NHL All-Star Weekend yielded two winners earlier this week.

Golden Knights owner Bill Foley selected a third representative, entirely at random, from the team's core of season ticket holders. Steve McNabb, the season ticket holder that was selected, was recently surprised by Foley at his office with news that he'd be joining the team during its first All-Star Weekend later this week.

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Sports Illustrated Profiles Vegas Hockey

Sports Illustrated goes behind the scenes to tell the story of the birth of the Golden Knights

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

The Las Vegas Strip has long been home to an eclectic group of headliners. Although in the lore of this city's historic acts, there's never been anything quite like what will happen when the Golden Knights skate onto NHL ice this October.

Vegas has had its singers and showstoppers, its Rat Pack and even its share of white tigers. But despite this being the land where the impossible becomes possible, where the unthinkable becomes the latest headline on a marquee, professional sports had been the one territory that long seemed a little too far-fetched, even for a city where far-fetched acts have become as routine as a special vacation package.

In a city where long odds are just part of the allure, perhaps it's only appropriate that the city's first major league sports team will play hockey, of which the native environment couldn't be any more opposite than that of the Nevada desert.

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Golden Knights Announce #BoldInGoldContest Winners

Two winners were selected from a crowded field to represent the Golden Knights at NHL All-Star Weekend

by Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights /

VEGAS (January 23, 2017) - The Vegas Golden Knights announced today, January 23, the winners of their #BoldInGold NHL All-Star Weekend Fan Experience Contest. The contest originally called for only one winner plus their guest but because of the number of entries and the quality of entries, the Golden Knights selected two.

"The positive response to this initiative was overwhelming," said Vegas Golden Knights Majority Owner Bill Foley. "The entries were so strong that we decided to add a second winner, so now two of our most passionate fans and their guests will be going to All-Star Weekend. Congratulations to both the winners and thanks to all of the Golden Knights fans around the world who participated."

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Cherry, Bryzgalov Endorse Vegas Hockey's Arrival

Two very different hockey figures are in agreement about the Golden Knights' entry into the NHL

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

What do Don Cherry and Ilya Bryzgalov have in common?

For most people who've followed hockey, these two don't have a whole heck of a lot in common.

Cherry, 82, is a former NHL coach and longtime Hockey Night in Canada analyst. Besides his colorful clothing (pictured below), Cherry is very much a hockey traditionalist, who is often seen as someone who prefers things being the way they once were rather than the way they are today.

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Behind The Vegas Ice Episode 2 Recap

The episode provides exclusive access into the day the Golden Knights team name was unveiled.

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

Other NHL teams have more history.

But no other organizations in NHL history have ever been able to capture all of the team's most important formative moments on camera quite like the Vegas Golden Knights.

Behind The Vegas Ice Episode 2, entitled "Making A Name For Itself," debuted on Wednesday and provided a glimpse into what will go down as some of the most important moments in Golden Knights history.

Here are the four main takeaways from what we saw in this month's episode, as well as a sneak preview into Episode 3, which premieres in February.

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George McPhee Visits With Fox 5's Sean McAllister

The Golden Knights' GM spoke about what agents have told him about players' interest in playing in Vegas.

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

It's almost like getting to know your new neighbors.

Except in this case, your neighbors are the first residents in the history of your city to be launching a major league, professional sports franchise.

This was the case for Fox 5's Sean McAllister on January 9, when he had Golden Knights general manager George McPhee in studio as a guest.

Among the topics that McAllister and McPhee discussed was the prospect of Vegas' reputation amongst NHL players who may eventually call the city home. Or in keeping with the whole neighbors theme, the Fox crew's potential future neighbors.

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Practice Facility Construction Gaining Steam

Senior Vice President Murray Craven checks in with the status of the project

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

Vegas is not a city known for its peace and quiet.

So in a winter that T-Mobile Arena has sat quiet from a hockey standpoint, it's been uncharacteristic for a city more associated with continuous activity.

But while T-Mobile Arena sits without hockey until the Golden Knights' debut this fall, hockey activity hasn't slowed 15 miles west in suburban Summerlin. It's there that after breaking ground on October 5, construction is underway to build a state-of-the-art practice facility for the Golden Knights.

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Behind The Vegas Ice Episode 2 Sneak Peek

The episode premieres at 8:00 PM on Wednesday on Cox 96 (1096 in HD)

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

When Episode 2 of Behind The Vegas Ice debuts at 8:00 PM on Wednesday (Cox 96/1096 in HD), the action will immediately be picked up during one of the franchise's busiest weeks since its entry into the NHL last June.

In the first week of October, the Golden Knights, before they were even called the Golden Knights, broke ground on the team's practice facility in suburban Summerlin. This occurred within a few days of when the Los Angeles Kings faced both the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche in the first-ever NHL (preseason) games at T-Mobile Arena.

Episode 2 begins in the midst of this action, and then quickly pivots towards the ceremony when the Golden Knights name was unveiled on November 22.

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PHOTOS: Vegas Practice Facility Construction Update

The two ice sheet facility will be for both NHL and public uses

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

It's been more than three months since ground was broken on the Golden Knights' future practice facility.

Situated in suburban Summerlin, the facility will feature two NHL-sized ice sheets, and will be a hub for youth and adult hockey in Southern Nevada.

Three months into the process, we toured the facility for an update on construction.

Below is a photo run-through of where the project currently stands.

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3-on-3 NHL All-Star Format Returns; Rosters Announced

Get to know who will be playing in the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game, and by what rules.

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

The NHL All-Star Game is an event unlike any other. Especially by professional sports All-Star standards.

Where Major League Baseball features the timeless format of American League vs. National League, and the NFL similarly counters with AFC vs. NFC and the NBA with East vs. West, the NHL routinely strays from this pattern.

In the NHL, there are four All-Star teams of 11 players, one representing each of the league's divisions - Pacific, Central, Atlantic and Metropolitan.

The four teams then face off, three players aside, in a one-night tournament. The annual fan vote determines each division's team captain.

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Behind The Vegas Ice Episode 2 Debuts Wednesday

The show will air at 8:00 PM on Cox 96 (1096 in HD)

by Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights /

VEGAS (January 10, 2017) - Episode 2 of Behind the Vegas Ice, titled "Making a Name for Itself," will be broadcast by Cox Media on Wednesday, January 11 at 8:00 p.m. PST. The original 10-episode docudrama airs exclusively on Cox Channel 96, Cox Channel 1096 in HD, and via live stream at for viewers in the Las Vegas market. Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and digital media advertising owned by Cox Communications.

Fans can view additional related Behind the Vegas Ice content, including exclusive interviews with the producers and photo galleries, on the Golden Knights official website

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Golden Knights Fan Receives Unique Holiday Gift

Tonopah, Nev. native Michael Dellinger receives giant Golden Knights sculpture from friends Thomas Wilson and Billy Hummel

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

The value of a holiday gift often lies in eye of the receiver.

For little Ralphie, a Red Ryder BB Gun was the ideal gift. Turbo Man was the gift of choice for young Jamie Langston, where all Kevin McCallister wanted was his very own cheese pizza.

For Michael Dellinger, a Golden Knights season ticket holder prepared to commute 220 miles each way from Tonopah, Nev., for all Vegas home games, his perfect holiday gift had a golden twist to it.

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Golden Knights Working To Finalize Preseason Schedule

George McPhee: 'Our preseason schedule is probably 90 percent complete.'

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

It'll still be a while before the NHL releases its schedule for the 2017-18 season.

But according to Golden Knights general manager George McPhee, it might not be much longer until we know Vegas' preseason schedule.

"One of the things we're working on, and are close to completion on is our preseason schedule," McPhee said. "We're just waiting for a little bit more information from the league on a couple of things. Our preseason schedule is probably 90 percent complete."

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McPhee Provides AHL Affiliation, Mock Draft Updates

The Golden Knights' GM provides updates on the team's January agenda

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

It was an eventful holiday season for the Golden Knights' hockey operations staff the past few weeks.

With seven members of the staff, including general manager George McPhee, having been dispersed between Montreal and Toronto to scout the World Junior Championships, it was a milestone for a staff attending a large hockey event together for the first time.

This occurred while the staff has continued putting the final touches on an AHL affiliation agreement, while conducting final interviews for medical staff positions.

As recently as mid-December, McPhee said that he hoped to make final decisions on both just after the New Year.

"We are negotiating with a couple of groups, with respect to the American League," McPhee said. "We'll see where that goes, especially in the next few weeks.

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Is That Darn Millennial Culture Key To Vegas Success?

Younger players have been taking over the NHL. Is millennial culture the reason?

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

Those darn millennials.

They're so lazy, and won't stop texting. That is unless they're taking a break to put photos of their dinner on Instagram, all while refusing to move out of their parents' basements.

Those darn millennial stereotypes. We've all heard them.

And if you're reading this on your iphone 7 or found this page via a link on social media, there's a decent chance that you are one.

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Last Chance To Vote For 2017 NHL All-Stars

The 2017 NHL All-Star Game will be held in Los Angeles on January 29

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

Monday night will be the final opportunity to vote for captains for the 2017 NHL All-Star Game, which will be held on Sunday, January 29 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Of course, at a time when the Golden Knights have neither a schedule nor roster, Vegas will not be represented in this year's All-Star Game.

But considering that at this time next year there'll be an opportunity to send Vegas players to the NHL All-Star Game, it could be a solid opportunity to get in the habit of voting, in preparation of supporting Golden Knights players next year.

Below are lists of the players who entered this week leading their division in voting.

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Golden Knights Staff Checks In From The World Juniors

USA-Canada, Denmark and the prospect of hidden gems have caught Vegas' attention

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

Vegas is a city known for its New Year's celebrations.

Despite it being the Golden Knights' first year in town, the team's hockey operations department won't be celebrating.

With the World Juniors underway in Toronto and Montreal, seven members of the Golden Knights' hockey operations staff are in attendance. In a year where the organization will have to entirely stock its depth chart at the NHL, minor league and prospect levels, this year's tournament is especially important to the team.

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Looking Back On Vegas' Top Hockey Moments In 2016

2016 was filled with highlights for Las Vegas, beginning with when the city was awarded an NHL franchise in June

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

2016 was a memorable year for hockey in Las Vegas.

Team announcements, name unveilings and key hires were only some of the highlights.

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