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Hyka Prefers Roster Spot To Remaining A Trivia Answer

The 24-year-old wing scored the first goal in Golden Knights history on Tuesday

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

It almost seemed too good to be true

Barely a minute into Tuesday's Rookie Camp opener in El Segundo - as it was still sinking in that the Golden Knights were playing hockey - Tomas Hyka came flying down the right-wing boards and LA defenseman Jacob Moverare was quickly off balance.

As Hyka blew past and Moverare tried to hook the Golden Knight to no avail, it almost seemed surreal.

Right there.

The first shot.

It was the first shot in the first minute and there it was…

The first goal in Golden Knights history.

Video: Tomas Hyka scores the first goal in VGK history

 

It's great. I didn't really expect to score really fast like that. It felt really good.

Hyka, the goal scorer, said he didn't really think about his tally's significance until after the first period. Although Los Angeles would eventually win 6-2, Hyka's breakaway goal past goalie Cal Petersen 1:15 into the first period was the first goal of any kind in Vegas Golden Knights history

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And after all, not many players can say they scored the first goal in the history of an NHL franchise.

"Yeah, it was something special. I didn't really realize it. I didn't think about it until after the first period.

While Hyka's goal may quickly be overshadowed by the first preseason goal, then the first regular-season goal and the thousands that come after it, it did cement the Czech permanently as an all-time Golden Knights trivia answer:

Who scored the first goal in Golden Knights history?

Answer: Tomas Hyka

For fans still getting acclimated to our new NHL roster and Rookie Camp invitees, who Tomas Hyka is might be a better question.

 

Video: Tomas Hyka reacts after scoring the first goal

 

Although he's one of the longest tenured Golden Knights (yes, we realize how ridiculous that sounds), Hyka's largely flown below the radar this summer. After only Reid Duke and Vadim Shipachyov, Hyka signed as the third (and final) player to join the Golden Knights prior to the Expansion Draft.

At age 24, he's the oldest player in Development Camp.

And after playing the past three years in his native Czech Republic's top professional league, Hyka's return to North America is very much intended for him to break through at the NHL level.

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He previously was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings - and attended two Development Camps in the sae facility as Tuesday's game - and was in their system at the same time as current Kings Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson.

A player that will attend Golden Knights training camp next week, this right wing would very much have to fight for a roster spot, or be returned to the AHL's Chicago Wolves.

"I had a really good last two years," Hyka said. "I had an offer to come here and I didn't wait for nothing. It's NHL. It doesn't come every year. I just want to show myself that I can play in the league and play with the best guys in the world."

Hyka has steadily progressed the past three years, after the Kings lost interest and he landed with a team called Mlada Boleslav. There, he was limited to only 10 points in 22 games in 2014-15, but evolved into his team's leading scorer this past season.

He had 17 goals and 21 assists in 48 games with Mlada Boleslav last seasn.

I'm older. I have more feeling for hockey now. I'm stronger. Faster. More patient on the ice. Tehse four years, I've gotten better for sure. I want to show my skills.

"That was one of the things," Hyka said. "New team, new players. Coaches are great. That's why I decided to come here."

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