Undefeated: 3-0 Vegas Golden Knights Honor Shooting Victims in Home Opener

The Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 Tuesday night at the first season NHL game played in Sin City in T-Mobile Arena. Die-hard hockey fan and poker pro Daniel Negreanu was one of many celebrities in attendance to witness his hometown team move to a surprising 3-0 on the young season after a heartfelt pregame ceremony to honor the 58 victims killed in the October 1 mass shooting under a mile from the stadium.

Vegas Golden Knights home opener

The Vegas Golden Knights the 58 innocent people killed before skating in T-Mobile Arena to victory in the team’s home opener and honored first responders. (Image: ABC 7 Chicago)

It’s not time to plan a championship parade for the newest expansion team of the NHL. The Knights still have 79 games spring remaining before the lengthy NHL playoffs. But nobody could have predicted such an impressive start to the season.

In ESPN’s power rankings last week, Vegas was ranked 31st out of 31 teams. But the first NHL team of Sin City is the only team in the Western Conference’s Pacific Division. They became the first team from the league’s 100-year history to start their inaugural season at 3-0.

(The St. Louis Blues now have the best record in the NHL, at 4-0.)

Vegas is in the midst of a seven-game homestand with the Detroit Red Wings up alongside Friday, after playing with its first two games on the road.

Hot Start for Hockey

The Golden Knights have already been a thorn in the Coyotes’ side, having defeated the foes the previous two games.

On Tuesday, Vegas served the Coyotes a heavy dose of James Neal. The winger is off to the best start of his 11-year NHL career, scoring five goals in the team’s first three games. Last night, he had a pair of 1st period goals.

When the NHL declared Las Vegas would host a franchise, many questioned if locals would even care. It was clear. The T-Mobile Arena was jampacked and the audience, waving towels in support of the mass shooting victims, was energetic.

Negreanu was in attendance, sporting a grey Golden Knights home jersey. He also partook in the festivities at the Park entertainment district. After the match, the Canadian-born hockey fan was a guest on Fox Sports 1340 AM postgame show, helping introduce fans in his current hometown with.


The Golden Knights’ home opener came only eight days after the largest mass shooting in modern US history occurred under a mile from the T-Mobile Arena, with the city still greatly saddened.

The first responders who saved others and the 58 people who died were remembered and honored prior to the match. Each victim’s name shined during a minute of silence on the ice, one second for every life taken too soon.

A white flag with lettering was placed on each chair in the stadium for fans to wave throughout the game. The victims may be gone, but Las Vegas won’t allow them to be forgotten.

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