Deryk Engelland has always done what he can to help out whether he was playing in the ECHL, AHL or in NHL with Pittsburgh and Calgary.
Now he's helping out as a member of the Vegas Golden Knights in the city he's claimed for his own.
Engelland laced up his skates at the Sobe Ice Arena on Saturday night to take part in the 5th Annual Las Vegas Firefighter Youth Hockey charity game. Fifth year for the event, fifth time skating in it for Engelland but the first time in Golden Knights gear.
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"I've always tried to give back. We're fortunate to be playing hockey for a living - basically living out our dreams," said Engelland, who has called Vegas his offseason home for some time now. "This is different because in the past I was playing in Calgary or Pittsburgh. I live here in Vegas and this is for kids in Vegas. The chance to help get more kids on the ice and playing hockey - it's a good thing."
Engelland and his wife, Melissa, have already begun thinking about what they can do for the community now that they are full-time residents of Vegas.
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"My wife wants to work with homeless kids. To try and make sure they get the opportunity to go to school," said Engelland. "And I've always liked programs making sure our military get to see games. We're kicking around some ideas. We want to be involved."
Las Vegas firefighter and board member of the LVFFYH Eric Littman says the Golden Knights got the best guy they could when they got Engelland.
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"I was like a school kid when they announced his name at the expansion draft. He's a great player but he's a better person," said Littman. "Deryk will do anything for you. I know, he's done anything I've ever asked of him for this organization. I don't think the Golden Knights know just yet what they have in Deryk. He's different. He's special."