The Vegas Golden Knights celebrated the victims and heroes of the Oct. 1 shooting that left 58 dead, introducing first responders and hospital workers to accompany them onto the ice during introductions, then projecting the names of each of the deceased before the game against the Arizona Coyotes at T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday.
The Golden Knights, prior to the first home game in their history, played a video honoring the city's first responders, who served the more than 500 injured and kept other attendees of the Route 91 Harvest Festival safe.
Vegas held a 58-second moment of silence, then had survivors of the event participate in the ceremonial puck drop. Deryk Engelland, a longtime Las Vegas resident and Golden Knights alternate captain, then addressed the crowd.
"Like all of you, I'm proud to call Las Vegas home," Engelland said. "I met my wife here; my kids were raised here, and I know how special this city is. To all the brave first responders that have worked tirelessly and courageously through this whole tragedy, we thank you. To the families and friends of the victims, know that we'll do everything we can to help you and our city heal.
"We are Vegas Strong."
Video: Engelland gives rousing speech to hometown fans
Seemingly buoyed by the emotional intro, the Golden Knights scored four first-period goals, including one from the hard-nosed defenseman Engelland, who had scored 22 goals in 471 NHL games prior.