Touching Pregame Ceremony Brings Las Vegas Together

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Before the puck dropped on the first home game in Las Vegas history, the Golden Knights put together a touching tribute to honor the victims and first responders of the shooting that occurred just weeks ago. The pregame ceremony gave me chills. From the 58 seconds of silence, to the “Go Knights Go” chants, I had goosebumps running up and down my body and I know I wasn’t the only one. 

The night started with a tribute video of NHL stars saying that they’re #VegasStrong. The video also included our very own Alex Ovechkin!

This would be followed by a video tribute to the city and the first responders at large.

Then it was time for player introductions. Unlike a traditional player intro for a home opener, each player was accompanied by a first responder.

The ceremony reached it’s conclusion with 58 seconds of silence to honor each victim that lost their life on that terrible night.

And no hockey pregame ceremony is complete without the ceremonial puck drop.

Finally it was time to play some hockey

By Michael Marzzacco

"We are #vegasstrong"- Las Vegas native Deryk Engelland.

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About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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