When the Golden Knights take the ice on Tuesday, it'll only be a preseason game.
The game will start, it will finish and the result will have absolutely nothing to do with how the team finishes this season. Except it will.
While for other teams, preseason games are merely practice for the regular season, the Golden Knights' contest against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena will be one of the most significant games in franchise history.
Even if there's nothing on the line in terms of win-loss record.
It will be the first time the Golden Knights ever take the ice for a game at T-Mobile Arena. In the coming weeks, in the coming month and in the coming years, this team plans on building a tradition as Las Vegas' first-ever major league sports franchise.
To represent a city that's never had a major league franchise of its own to cheer for, to be a rallying point for people in this area who recognize this place as home more than a place to visit on vacation.
Video: Golden Knights have inscribed the names into ice
With this team, and this season, perhaps meaning more to Las Vegas than it'll mean to any other team in any other city, the team has decided to add a special feature at T-Mobile Arena. Something that isn't necessarily visible to the naked eye, yet signifies that as much as this is an NHL team of professionals, it's also a team of the people.
Just inside the blue line on the end of the ice the Golden Knights defends twice will be inscribed the names of all the team's season ticket members.
So as much as visiting teams will have to defeat Vegas, the team, they'll also have to defeat Vegas, the people.
"(Manager, Ice Operations-Conversion) George Salami, from T-Mobile Arena, had this idea," Vice President, Ticketing and Suites Todd Pollock said. "That it was feasible, if we wanted to do something special on the ice, that we had the ability to put texture to something on the ice, before the laid the last round of it.
"It's in the thousands, the number of names out there. Many thousands."
And that's what this is about.
That when professional hockey players take the ice, they normally represent themselves, their teams and their cities.
In this case, they'll be one with their city.
In sound, in thought and in presence on the ice.