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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.



As well as being in favor of all things Canadian.

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Bryzgalov, a Russian, doesn't represent any of these things. The recently retired former NHL goalie is renowned for his irreverent personality, which at times even stole attention from his ability to stop the puck.


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For as much as these two men are different in almost every way, they have one thing in common: the thought that Vegas hockey is going to be very successful.

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"I tell ya' one thing, I think they're going to have the best expansion team ever," Cherry recently told the Vegas Hockey Hotline. "They're going to get a good goalie. All you have to do is look at some of the clubs, New York Rangers, what are they going to do? They're going to have to make some trades.

"I really believe it's going to be the best expansion team ever."

Bryzgalov, a veteran of several NHL teams whose best years were spent in this region with the Arizona Coyotes, also thought having an NHL team in Vegas was a good idea.

"I think it's a great idea. I think the city deserve to have NHL team," Bryzgalov recently told The Players' Tribune. "There's lots of people, lots of tourists. If they can provide a good product, a good team, I think stands will be filled. It will help to develop hockey in this region."


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With men such as Cherry and Brzygalov being so opposite, based on age, nationality and demeanor, it's awfully interesting to see them in such steadfast agreement on Vegas' chance for success as an NHL city.

Not to mention that in a universe so humaaaangas big, it was gratifying to see that our team was able to bring two men so immensely different a little closer together.

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