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5 Reasons To Try Hockey For Free This Weekend

Children ages 4-9 are welcome at the Las Vegas Ice Center to try hockey, free of charge, on Saturday

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

It's part of the hockey package.

When an NHL team arrives in a city, it often means much more than….an NHL team arriving in a city.

For Las Vegas, which has never had a major league sports franchise, the Golden Knights' arrival delivers the community with an identity outside of The Strip.

Local businesses will experience a boom as T-Mobile Arena hosts 41 Golden Knights home games per season. And families in this city will their first opportunity to bond by uniting behind a hometown team.

Another part of the hockey package, different than any other sport, is how the arrival of an NHL team will impact grassroots participation in the sport.

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5 Reasons To Be Excited For This Week's Open House

The Golden Knights are hosting an Open House at T-Mobile Arena from 8:00 AM on Tuesday until 8:00 AM on Wednesday

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Golden Knights are hosting a unique 24-hour Open House at T-Mobile Arena this week.

It will start at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, Feb. 21 and run until 8:00 AM on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

Tickets are not required, and entrance into the arena will be free of charge.

Here are five other reasons to be excited for this first-of-its-kind event:

 

1. This Is A 24-Hour Event

As far as we know, no other NHL team has ever hosted a 24-hour Open House of this kind.

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Skills Competition

NHL Fastest Skater: 3 Memorable Moments

We look back at the three most memorable moments from the NHL's Fastest Skater Competition

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

It's the most simple of contests, mimicked on schoolyards across the country on a daily basis. Except now it's set on a larger stage during NHL All-Star Weekend: The race to see who's fastest.

In the NHL, by far the fastest of the major four North American professional sports, these races reach blinding speed at the NHL's Skills Competition.

When this contest was established, the format was that players skate the full 552-foot perimeter of the ice surface, fastest time wins.

In modern times, players go 1-on-1, simultaneously racing around a perimeter about half the size of a full lap around the rink.

The winner of the 1-on-1 then does a subsequent full lap, where they attempt to break the contest's all-time record, currently held by Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings.

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Accuracy Shooting: 3 Top Moments

Looking back at the three most memorable moments from the NHL's accuracy shooting contest

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

When it comes to the NHL Accuracy Shooting competition, the magic number is four. As in four targets.

With 15-inch targets placed in each of the net's four corners (upper left, upper right, lower left, lower right), the objective in this contest is to hit all four targets as quickly as possible.

In this contest's early years, players were allotted a maximum of eight shots, with most players electing to exclusively utilize wrist shots, which although not as hard as a slap shot, increases the chances of accuracy.

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Hardest Shot Competition: 3 Top Moments

We look back at the three most memorable moments in the history of the NHL's Hardest Shot Competition

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Ever since it debuted in the inaugural NHL All-Star Skills Competition in Pittsburgh in 1990, the Hardest Shot Contest has been a mainstay event in the contest.

After all, the concept is simple. The biggest, strongest players in the game line up, gather a full head of steam and smash the hardest slap shot that they possibly can into a vacant goal. Most velocity wins.

The allure, however, of this competition has grown as the years have passed based on simple science.

For example, when Al Iafrate won the contest in 1990, his winning shot was 96 mph. A year later, Al MacInnis took the crown at 94 mph.

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Five Questions With George McPhee

The Golden Knights' general manager gave a wide-ranging interview with NHL.com's Dan Rosen

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

What's it like to build an NHL team from scratch?

Current Golden Knights general manager George McPhee is the only NHL executive to have been given this opportunity since 2000.

Or looking at it from another perspective, McPhee is the only GM in history tasked with managing this sort of process in a salary cap era (2005-present). 

McPhee began this process last July, when he was hired as the first GM in Vegas history. Since then, he's hired and deployed a hockey ops staff, relocated to Las Vegas and began shaping the on-ice identity of a franchise that will play its first regular-season game in October 2017.

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World Juniors

Top 5 World Junior Moments Since 2000

As we prepare for the 2017 World Juniors, we look back at the tournament's top moments in recent history.

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Inexplicable lead changes and swings of emotion. Sudden death game-winners, often from unlikely sources. And just a few moments where your eyes find themselves asking if what they just saw was real.

With all due respect to ABC's Wide World of Sports, perhaps no event in sports epitomizes the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat more than hockey's World Junior Championships.

Featuring the world's top players under the age of 20 in a high-stakes, highly-emotional international tournament, perhaps no short-term event is a better predictor of future NHL success than the World Juniors.

The World Juniors have held this sort of esteem for decades.

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Scott Luce: 5 Fun Facts

Learn about Las Vegas' new Director of Amateur Scouting

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Scouting is in Scott Luce's blood.

After being introduced as Las Vegas's Director of Amateur Scouting on August 25, so now is building the NHL's newest franchise into a contender.

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David Conte: 6 Fun Facts

Learn about Las Vegas' new Special Advisor to Hockey Operations

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

It's a transaction that may not have caused much of a ripple on the surface, but has major implications for Las Vegas's hockey team.

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