VEGAS (October 2, 2019) - The Vegas Golden Knights announced today, October 2, that the Golden Knights have set a VGK Worldwide record for the highest puck drop ever recorded: 94,655 feet.
The Vegas Golden Knights and Overlook Horizon teamed up to launch a high-altitude weather balloon 94,655 feet into the atmosphere with a puck attached to it. The puck was launched in Amargosa Valley and found its way back to land 2 hours, 16 minutes and 22 seconds later in Death Valley. Retrieving the payload required a four-mile hike through Death Valley with three scouting groups searching for the puck.
The puck was secured, transported and then dropped to the ice during the ceremonial face-off at T-Mobile Arena before the team's 2019 season opener. Participating in the ceremonial face-off were the three Nevada State Highway Patrol Officers who retrieved the puck: Trooper Jason Buratczuk, Trooper Travis Smaka and Trooper Scott Williams.
Video of the balloon's flight can be found on the team's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/vegasgoldenknights/.
Accomplishing this feat would not have been possible without assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration, the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems, Nevada State Highway Patrol and Overlook Horizon.
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