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Golden Knights Establish Early Franchise Tradition On #VGKRoadTrip

Despite being a new team without history, Vegas returned from the Rockies with perhaps its first team tradition in place

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

There's a bit of duality to it.

Las Vegas. The Strip. Bright lights. Large crowds.

The desert, scorching summer heat and bustling epicenters that are packed with visitors, from nearby and afar, every day of the year.

The mountains.

The mountains of Idaho. Of Montana. Of Wyoming and Utah.

Often quiet places. Secluded places.

For perspective, most of the tiny towns in these places each have fewer inhabitants than can fit in Caesars Palace.

Yet these places have a sense of community. They're interwoven with crystal-clear rivers and evergreens, soaring mountains and prairies that stretch as far as the eye can see. People here are proud of who they are.

Big Sky Country they call it, although the communities themselves are small enough that nearly everybody knows everybody.

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ESPN Features #VGKRoadTrip

The Golden Knights' trip through the Rocky Mountains was profiled by ESPN.com's Emily Kaplan

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

As the Golden Knights bus tears its way south down I-15 in Utah late this Saturday afternoon, the end of the #VGKRoadTrip is in sight.

Six days, six states.

Several thousand miles.

Four events for our new franchise, meant to further Chairman/CEO Bill Foley's plan to extend the Golden Knights' footprint beyond Las Vegas and into the Rocky Mountains.

As the Golden Knights' bus nears the final stretch before home, in a week where our players shook hands, our coaches took selfies with kids and we saw the Golden Knights logo emblazoned across the chests of locals throughout the western United States, it feels like it was a successful week.

But in life, sometimes, we're sometimes caught in our own world.

What feels like a breakthrough to us may be perceived otherwise by outsiders. After all, they didn't see what we saw.

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Golden Knights Make Memories During #VGKRoadTrip

The team returns to Las Vegas on Saturday after a week-long caravan trough the Rocky Mountains

by Gary Lawless @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

SALT LAKE CITY - Right around midweek - when the tweets and texts started to show how much fun #VGKRoadTrip was turning out to be - colleagues back in Vegas started hinting about joining up if any future Golden Knights caravans were going to happen. And then GM George McPhee put all those questions to rest with one direct text: "Next year, we're all going."

Planning a road trip into unknown communities has its risks. How will it all come together? Will people come out? What will the response be? It came off without a hitch and if the smiles of the folks in Coeur D'Alene, Whitefish, Bozeman and Salt Lake City are an indicator - it had its intended impact. The Golden Knights wanted to reach out and meet people and invite them to be part of the experience. They responded.

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Hockey In Bozeman, Montana Boosted By #VGKRoadTrip

The Golden Knights held a hockey clinic in Bozeman on Friday morning

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

As the Director of Development for the Gallatin Ice Foundation, Anna Greenberg wakes up every morning and follows a routine.

It starts with waking up and driving to her Bozeman, Montana office. Although she starts each day with her patented positive attitude, her routine often becomes dominated by work she puts toward the Ice Barn, her town's primary ice skating facility.

And while this is largely a labor of love and source of pride for Greenberg, the maintenance the Ice Barn requires occasionally produces difficulties.

These difficulties are often driven by the challenge of acquiring the private funding that's needed to keep the facility alive and functional.

Yes, Bozeman features one of the more rabid hockey communities in the state of Montana, a fact that Greenberg cites as a reason she loves her job. This building, however, has only one ice sheet.

Ice is only laid down for part of the year here, too. 

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Team Statement On #VGKRoadTrip Stop in Bozeman, Montana

Nate Schmidt will be unable to attend due to injury

by Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Vegas Golden Knights announced today, August 17, that defenseman Nate Schmidt will not be able to attend Friday's street hockey clinic appearance in Bozeman, MT due to an ankle injury that occurred during his off-season training on Thursday. The injury will prevent him from being able to travel to Bozeman on Friday.

The event in Bozeman will still take place as scheduled.

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Reduced Parking Prices End August 20

Season Ticket Members have exclusive presale access that offers significant discounts on season-long parking if purchased by August 20

by Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

VEGAS (August 17, 2017) - Full-season members have access to purchase 44 game, pre-paid parking passes starting as low as $8/game (plus one-time handling fee) if purchased by August 20. Please note this offer is limited to current season ticket members only, with a maximum of one parking pass for every two seats.

Pre-paid parking packages for four garages within a 15-minute walk to the arena are available to season ticket members, including MGM Grand ($8 per game if purchased by September 15), Excalibur ($8 per game if purchased by August 20, $10 per game if purchased between August 21 and September 15), Aria and NYNY ($10 per game if purchased by August 20, $15 if purchased between August 21 and September 15). In addition to these per game rates, all pre-paid parking pass packages are subject to a one-time $20 handling 

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Golden Knights Skate Onto Center Stage In Whitefish, Montana

It seemed as if nearly the whole town came out to greet the #VGKRoadTrip

by Gary Lawless @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Deer Lodge, Montana - The whole thing had the feel of a scene from Mystery, Alaska.

A big-league team bus pulled into town and everyone it seemed left work or play for a few hours to gather at a community rink with the run-of-the-mill name of Stumptown Ice Den.

Hall of Famer Lanny McDonald had his famous moustache pressed against the glass. His grandchildren among the 150 or so kids on the ice. Isaac Jensen was out for a twirl under the watchful eye, or more accurately the ever-present sniffer of his diabetic alert dog, Oshie. Golden Knights vice president and Whitefish resident Murray Craven had squeezed into his Bauer 1000s (circa 2000 he claimed). Former NHLer David Booth made the drive over. So did long-time pro turned coach Doug Houda. There were families from Missoula and Great Falls and even Cranbrook over the Canadian border.

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Calvin Pickard Updates The Status Of #PicksMaskContest

The Golden Knights goalie will design his goalie mask based off fan contest entries

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

As Calvin Pickard arrived in Coeur d'Alene for the #VGKRoadTrip on Tuesday, there was a bit of an 800-pound gorilla in the room.

Whatever happened with #PicksMaskContest?

Has the Golden Knights goalie finished combing through fan entries and decided what his goalie mask will look like this season?

Taking a quick break from participating in an open skate at the Frontier Ice Center this evening, Pickard provided an update on where the process currently stands.

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Celine Dion Spotted Wearing Golden Knights Logo

The Quebec native is a regular Vegas performer at Caesars Palace

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Celine Dion's not from Vegas.

Although the megastar has long called Southern Nevada home.

Having long taken up residence at Caesars Palace, you could say that the city and its customs have begun growing on her, too.

One of the city's newest customs, of course, is the Golden Knights. And with the world-famous performer hailing from the hockey mad province of Quebec, her living in Vegas as an NHL team arrived in the city were the perfect ingredients for her to wind up in our team's colors.

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Listen: Golden Knights New Broadcast Team In Action

Begin getting familiar with the styles of Dave Goucher, Shane Hnidy and Dan D'Uva

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

Whenever NHL teams hire new broadcasters, the first question that's usually asked is:

What do they sound like?

On Tuesday, the Golden Knights announced the organization's inaugural broadcast teams.

-Dave Goucher as TV play-by-play.

-Shane Hnidy as TV color commentary.

-Dan D'Uva as radio play-by-play.

Below, we have samples of each of their work.

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