The Las Vegas Golden Knights kicked off their inaugural season with two consecutive wins, and on Tuesday, the newest NHL franchise hosted their historic home opener. But after the tragic shootings that took place in the city just over a week prior, the Golden Knights decided to honor those involved during an emotional pregame ceremony.
It all began with a two-minute long video that carried the “Vegas Strong” theme. Featuring shots of the city and the desert sunsets, the video also highlighted various groups of first responders and opposing NHL players from around the league who adamantly showed solidarity with the people of Las Vegas.
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The organization then took the ice with some of the shooting’s first responders that were in the building. Each Golden Knights player was led by a different medical or law enforcement member that included firefighters, police officers, nurses, surgeons and more. Even the Las Vegas front office stepped onto the ice during this important moment, including General Manager George McPhee and Owner Bill Foley.
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After everyone involved was present on the ice, the stadium partook in a 58-second moment of silence to honor the 58 victims that lost their lives during the attacks. At this time, the names of each and every one of those victims was displayed on the ice for all to see.
There were 58 seconds of silence before tonight’s Vegas Golden Knights game for the 58 victims of last week’s mass shooting in Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/UF1LK2R4fk
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) October 11, 2017