Hockey is a superstitious sport.
Everyone from players to coaches to fans have different good luck charms that they use from time to time. Some may have a lucky rabbit's foot, some may have a secret handshake, or even a certain warmup routine.
For the Vegas Golden Knights, their draft lottery charm was a rooster.
Yes, a rooster.
In Episode Five of Behind the Vegas Ice, which aired Wednesday evening on Cox 96, we saw fans try to bring some good luck to the Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery.
At the lottery watch party at T-Mobile Arena, a lucky rooster statue makes an appearance, as it is the "Year of the Rooster" in the Chinese Zodiac calendar. Fans have the chance to rub its head prior to the lottery announcement.
Unfortunately, the rooster could not swing the ping pong balls in Vegas' direction, as the Golden Knights were awarded the sixth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Vegas had a 10.3% chance of getting the first overall pick.
Video: Vegas participated in its first NHL draft lottery
Here are some other notable moments from Episode Five.
Leading up to the 2017-18 season, Behind the Vegas Ice will be debuting one new episode per month, with reruns airing on Cox 96 (1096 in HD).
1.The Bright Side of the Sixth Pick
While fans are understandably disappointed in falling to the sixth overall pick in the NHL Draft, there is plenty to be excited about as the draft approaches. Plenty of talented players have been taken lower than the sixth overall pick.
In this episode, Golden Knights senior vice president Murray Craven makes it clear that the team will still select an impactful player at number six, drawing on his own personal experience.
"Great players get picked lower than number 6," he told the crowd at T-Mobile Arena with a smile. "I was picked 17th."
Craven was picked 17th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in 1982, and ended up leading the Philadelphia Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final in 1985 and 1987.
2.Golden Knights in the Concrete Jungle
When you're the new kids on the block in the NHL, how do you go about discovering the best practices on the business side of hockey?
Go straight to the source.
Behind the Vegas Ice takes us behind the scenes as the Golden Knights' business team meets with NHL executives at the league headquarters in New York. The meetings give the business team an opportunity to share their progress with the league, as well as learn some of the best practices from around the NHL in terms of ticket sales, in-game presentation and other business aspects of running an NHL franchise.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman sings the praises of the Golden Knights' business acumen, and even thinks they could become trailblazers in the sports landscape.
"I have no doubt, with the talent that you've assembled, you're going to have your own best practices, and you're going to make us, and some of the other teams, better and smarter at what we do," Bettman said.
3.Gerard Gallant's Waiting Game
On April 13, 2017, the Golden Knights named Gerard Gallant as the first head coach in team history. Behind the Vegas Ice documents that day, and Gallant's first appearances in Vegas and his introductory press conference.
While the announcement was historic and a big moment for the franchise, it begs the question: now what?
With two players now signed to the Golden Knights' roster, and the Expansion Draft approaching in June, Gallant will be spending his time building a winning group of players and a winning group of coaches.
"There's not a lot a coach can do right away," he said. "I've got to get my staff together, that's going to be some work to do. Hopefully we'll have a great expansion draft and then we'll have some players to work with. I'm going to get to know a bunch of different players from a bunch of different teams, and the quicker we get that chemistry together, it will be a lot of fun. I'm going to try and put things together real quick and do the best we can."