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Five things you need to know about Golden Knights first home goal-scorer

Vegas forward shares hometown with Hasek, Hemsky, was picked in Expansion Draft from Red Wings @NHLdotcom

Nosek nets first goal in Vegas

ARI@VGK: Nosek blisters home first goal in Las Vegas

Tomas Nosek speeds down the ice, collects a feed and rips a shot under the glove of Antti Raanta to tally the first goal in Las Vegas

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Tomas Nosek became the trivia answer to the trivia question "Who scored first at T-Mobile Arena?"

But who is Nosek? Most Vegas Golden Knights fans, and even many season-ticket holders probably wouldn't know him before he scored 2:31 into the first period of the Golden Knights home opener against the Arizona Coyotes, the first of a four-goal first period for Vegas.


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Here are five facts on the Golden Knights first home goal scorer to make you sound smart at parties.

1. Nosek was originally a member of the Detroit Red Wings: He was picked by the Golden Knights from the Detroit Red Wings during the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. He played 17 NHL games and 105 games for Detroit's American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids and led the Griffins in points (22) in 19 games in their run to the Calder Cup in 2016-17.

2. His town in Czech Republic produces great NHL players: Nosek is the third player to reach the NHL from Pardubice, Czech Republic, and the other two had incredible careers. Dominik Hasek, the former gold medalist, Stanley Cup winner and Hockey Hall of Fame goalie, and Ales Hemsky, who has played 842 NHL games with the Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, Dallas Stars and Montreal Canadiens, each also come from Paradubice.

3. He enjoyed an accomplished career in Czech Republic: Nosek was the captain of Czech Republic at the 2012 World Junior Championship, scoring one point in five games and guiding it to a fifth-place finish. He played for the same pro team as Hasek in Pardubice, and had 24 goals and 62 points in 129 regular-season games, and four goals and eight points in 13 playoff games, between 2011-14.

4. His NHL career is just budding: Nosek made his NHL debut Dec. 19, 2015, but his goal was his first with the Golden Knights and only the second of his 20-game NHL career. His first career goal came as a member of the Red Wings on March 28 in a 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

5- He wasn't drafted: Nosek may have been picked by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft, but he was passed over by every team at the 2010 NHL Draft.

The Golden Knights didn't exist back then, but if they had Nosek's story might've been different. But the rest is history.

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