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Bryce Harper to root, root, root for Golden Knights

MLB star, Las Vegas native proud to support hometown NHL team

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The Vegas Golden Knights have their highest profile fan: Bryce Harper.

The Washington Nationals superstar and Las Vegas native went public to voice his excitement for the hometown NHL team that will begin play in October 2017. 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Things to know about @Bharper3407.*He shoots left-handed.*He roots for the Golden Knights. #BoldInGold pic.twitter.com/yPUzqECZcG

"When we were able to get the Golden Knights into Vegas, my first thought was 'I can't wait,'" Harper told the Golden Knights website at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday. "To be able to support a team from the Las Vegas area, what better place to have a hockey team?"

Harper also became the latest fan of the Golden Knights logo and color scheme. 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: We're proud to be a Vegas team for Vegas locals. #BoldInGold pic.twitter.com/3YB5DO9VrE

"[The team logo] is mean-looking," Harper said. "That's something that goes along with the working class of Vegas. We're a blue-collar city that works for what we have." 

Harper, a four-time National League All-Star, 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 NL Most Valuable Player, has delighted fans in Washington and rooted for the Washington Capitals in the past. But Harper couldn't pass up the opportunity to pledge his allegiance to the Golden Knights, even though that didn't endear him with fans in Washington.

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: No more hints. We're glad to be spending our afternoon with Vegas local and Golden Knights fan @Bharper3407! #BoldInGold pic.twitter.com/9axzzIggsO

Tweet from @Capitals: @GoldenKnights @Bharper3407 ��

"To be able to have a major-league team in town, I think everybody is super excited," Harper said. "Everybody I've talked to is excited to start rooting for a team, to be able to go to a professional game and watch professional athletes play."

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