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Gallant hopes bus tour helps Golden Knights build 'good franchise'

Coach greets fans at public skate in Salt Lake City

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

SALT LAKE CITY -- Three weeks ago, Gerard Gallant was at home in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, when someone asked him to bring Vegas Golden Knights hats to an event. He tried to find some but couldn't.

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Golden Knights Road Trip Blog

NHL.com says goodbye in Salt Lake City on final day of tour

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

The Vegas Golden Knights embarked on their first road trip. Before their inaugural season opens Oct. 6, staffers took a bus tour of Idaho, Montana and Utah, where their games will be televised on AT&T SportsNet. They held public events this week including visits from owner Bill Foley, coach Gerard Gallant and players. The tour began Tuesday in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho, and finished Saturday in Salt Lake City, Utah. NHL.com columnist Nick Cotsonika was on the bus and filed reports from the road.

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Golden Knights' arrival could help turn Montana into 'hockey state'

Latest stop in Vegas caravan draws more than 200 to Ressler Motors Ice Rink

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Julie Keck didn't know what to expect. The Vegas Golden Knights Road Trip was coming to town to stage a street-hockey clinic, but most of Bozeman's diehard players and their families were in Billings, Montana, for a camp that had been planned months ago.

Keck, the operations director of the Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association (BAHA), figured anywhere between 20 and 200 people would show up.

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Golden Knights owner Foley eager, anxious with season approaching

Proud 'crazy' idea for expansion team has taken shape

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

WHITEFISH, Mont. -- One day in August 2013, Bill Foley motored his pontoon boat around Whitefish Lake and found Murray Craven relaxing by his house.

It's common for folks on the lake to go dock to dock and chat with neighbors over a beverage, and Craven had become more than a neighbor over the years. He was a golfing buddy, a friend, a confidant.

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Golden Knights 'want arena full of our jerseys, not somebody else's'

Bus tour aiming to create fans of expansion team in Montana, across region

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

WHITEFISH, Mont. -- The boy walked up to the player in the lobby of the Stumptown Ice Den.

"Jake Bischoff, right?" the boy said.

"Yeah," the player said. "Nice to meet you."

We might be in northwestern Montana, in a logging-turned-resort town more than 1,000 miles from Las Vegas, but Bradford Thompson knows his hockey and his Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL expansion team about to open its inaugural season. So does his buddy Birney Grantz.

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Hockey mom Celine Dion dances in Golden Knights jersey

Legendary singer sports Vegas attire in stands while rooting on teenage son

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Celine Dion is a world-class singer, but apparently hockey brings out the dancer in her.

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Pickard embracing challenge with Golden Knights

Goalie eager to help create winning mentality in first season

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- No, goaltender Calvin Pickard did not board the bus in Las Vegas on Monday and spend 20 hours riding 1,100 miles for an event here on Tuesday as part of the Vegas Golden Knights Road Trip. He flew in.

But he flew in from home in Winnipeg, which is about the same distance away that Las Vegas is. He took an hour flight to Minneapolis. Then he took a three-hour flight to Spokane, Washington. Then he took a 30-minute Uber ride to this resort town on the Idaho panhandle.

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Golden Knights begin bus tour across region

Will travel to events in Idaho, Montana, Utah this week

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -- This is how it starts.

The Vegas Golden Knights won't begin their inaugural NHL season until Oct. 6, when they visit the Dallas Stars, and won't play their first home game until Oct. 10, when they host the Arizona Coyotes.

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Mailbag: Sizing up Atlantic Division, Golden Knights' glut on defense

NHL.com's Dan Rosen answers weekly questions

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Here is the Aug. 16 edition of Dan Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run periodically during the offseason. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

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Haula ready for fresh start with Golden Knights

Forward spent past four seasons with Wild, 'will always love Minnesota' but looking forward to 'great opportunity'

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

EDINA, Minn. - Erik Haula has called the State of Hockey home for the past eight years, but the former Minnesota Wild forward has a new home.

The Vegas Golden Knights selected Haula, a restricted free agent, in the NHL Expansion Draft on June 21. He agreed to a three-year contract worth a reported $8.25 million (average annual value $2.75 million) the same day.

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