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2018-19 Golden Knights Promo Teams To Bring New Excitement

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

Nothing goes from impossible to possible overnight. Nobody knows that better than Jonny Greco.

The Vice President of Entertainment Production for the Vegas Golden Knights summed up the successful inaugural season of the organization's two promotional teams as "impossible." Based on last year's accomplishments, Greco said that the sentiment has changed to "possible."

"Coming into this a year ago, what the Vegas Golden Knights meant to people wasn't defined yet," Greco said. "A lot of the people who auditioned again this year were part of defining what Vegas' team looks like and sounds like.

"Now, with year two, we have this insane expansion of strength and a much deeper pool to choose from. We literally couldn't go wrong."

The new-look promotional teams for the Golden Knights have been selected for the 2018-19 season following three days of intense tryouts in front of the team's entertainment production staff. The new rosters can be found here.

The Golden Aces, the group seen dancing and interacting with fans at Golden Knights home games and in the Las Vegas community, saw major growth in the group's first season. The 2018-19 edition of the Golden Aces promises to bring the spirit and passion that they brought last season, but with some new twists.

"Last year was really good, but now, just good isn't good enough," Greco said. "We now know what we can do, and we've got some pretty creative tricks up our sleeve on how to utilize the talent of this great city."

Tryouts for the Golden Aces put participants through a series of group interviews, a showcase of talent, and a dance routine. Individual talents included gymnastics routines, singing and some joke telling. For Skylar Cataneo, the 30-second window to display her talent gave her a different idea. She performed a somersault for the judges and received a roar from the room of judges and fellow participants. The move itself wasn't overtly flashy, but she did it in an inflatable Tyrannosaurus Rex costume.

"Going out there and doing that put my personality and who I am on the forefront," Cataneo said.

The call that she received notifying of her selection for the team came around 10 p.m. on Wednesday night. She got home form callbacks in the early afternoon and waited for about eight nerve-wracking hours.

"I was little bit worried, but I still had somewhat of a good feeling," she said. "I truly believed that I put everything into my audition and my callback."

Her good feeling about her candidacy for the team proved to be correct as she became one of 12 rookies to make the squad.

The Knights Crew presented by the Cosmopolitan selected only seven newcomers for the 2018-19 season to help round out the 16-member group. For new member Corrine Truax, joining the team responsible for fan interaction and clearing the ice during TV timeouts is something that's "unbelievably exciting."

"At first, I was shocked," Truax said. "I didn't really know what to say. But after that, so much excitement, I could barely contain myself."

Truax expected a high-stakes, stressful tryout but was pleasantly surprised by the welcoming, supportive vibe among the people competing for a spot on such a selective team.

"Whether people were trying out for the first time or they were veterans, everyone was super nice," she said. "It was a super supportive atmosphere."

Just as the second year of Golden Knights hockey promises to be even bigger than its predecessor, the sequel season for the Golden Aces and the Knights Crew presented by the Cosmopolitan anticipates reaching new heights.

"A year's worth of experience is an incredible thing to have," Greco said. "It allows us to raise the bar for the entertainment experience all across the board."

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