As the Golden Knights bus tears its way south down I-15 in Utah late this Saturday afternoon, the end of the #VGKRoadTrip is in sight.
Six days, six states.
Several thousand miles.
Four events for our new franchise, meant to further Chairman/CEO Bill Foley's plan to extend the Golden Knights' footprint beyond Las Vegas and into the Rocky Mountains.
As the Golden Knights' bus nears the final stretch before home, in a week where our players shook hands, our coaches took selfies with kids and we saw the Golden Knights logo emblazoned across the chests of locals throughout the western United States, it feels like it was a successful week.
But in life, sometimes, we're sometimes caught in our own world.
What feels like a breakthrough to us may be perceived otherwise by outsiders. After all, they didn't see what we saw.
Video: Pickard explores downtown Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Self-awareness can be an elusive virtue, sometimes.
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As a franchise, we feel it's important to gauge how our actions are perceived by outsiders. Which although the franchise is confident in its plan, is vital for the team to refine its approach on future endeavors.
We feel it's important for our fans to read this outside perspective, too.
ESPN.com reporter Emily Kaplan came along for the ride with us during our stops to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho and Whitefish, Montana. Here's her perspective on what the Golden Knights accomplished this week.
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Of the team's visit to Coeur d'Alene.
"The arena is abuzz by 5:45 p.m., with more than 150 kids and adults lacing up skates and buying $5 cheese pizzas from the snack bar," Kaplan wrote. "The Knights did little advertising for the event aside from posting on social media; there's an 8 1/2-by-11-inch printout taped to the door of the arena promoting the event. Most local families learned about it from the arena's email newsletter.
"But perhaps nobody is as excited as 14-year-old Clayton Yates and 11-year-old Rohdy Yates, from Strathmore, Alberta. The brothers were on Day 2 of a camping trip with their family in Spokane when Clayton saw the Knights' post on Instagram. It didn't take but 10 minutes of begging until he convinced his parents to take the camper on a 45-minute sojourn to Coeur d'Alene. Says Clayton, who is sporting a black Knights T-shirt: "The reason I wanted to come so bad, and the reason I'm now a Vegas Golden Knights fan, is because then I could say I've been a fan since the start."
Video: Nick Cotsonika on the Golden Knights' road trip
Kaplan continued as the team continued on to Whitefish and Deer Lodge, Montana, chronicling everything from an afternoon at a lake with Calvin Pickard to visiting Bill Foley's home away from home in Whitefish and a chance encounter with Lanny McDonald.
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