Engelland delivered a short and powerful speech in an emotional ceremony honoring first responders and victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas on October 1. "To the families and friends of the victims, know that we'll do everything that we can to help you and our city heal".
"I wasn't going to miss it", said Joan Simmons, a Las Vegas native wearing a brand-new Golden Knights T-shirt with the tag still attached. Defenseman and Las Vegas resident Deryk Engelland addressed the crowd following a video showing images of first responders.
Picturing Las Vegas' first major-league sporting event in my mind's eye these past 20 years, I've always envisioned it as highly emotional-but nothing close to what I witnessed Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena.
The ceremonial puck drop was then conducted by people who survived the Las Vegas tragedy.
Neal's goal at 3:46 of overtime Saturday night gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 victory at the Arizona Coyotes, one night after Neal scored both goals in a 2-1 victory in Dallas.
Piazza hit a home run into the cold NY night at Shea Stadium in the Mets' first home game after the September 11 terrorist attacks for a late-game victory.
It didn't take long for them to deliver. The Knights are off to a 2-0 start, and only two other expansion teams - the 1967 Los Angeles Kings and 1967 Oakland Seals - started 2-0. We've got to get ready to go. "This situation here our players came to us to ask what they can do. But we'll try help the community and make them proud again with a win on home ice".
Engelland said: "We've never had an experience like this". Many of them-- hockey, football, baseball, basketball players-- good people, who do good with their time and their money. not overpaid spoiled selfish jerks like the broad brush some paint all athletes with, though I'm sure some of those exists too.
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, who will start Tuesday, said of the unique circumstances surrounding the home opener: "I think we're all excited to be home and have the chance to play in front of our fans".
To their credit they've embraced the city, visiting with first responders and police days after the attack and owner Bill Foley coordinating $500,000 worth of donations.