Each week, Salute Magazine will pick a player or team from the world of sports and highlight them on Milestone Monday. The sport doesn’t matter and neither does the popularity or obscurity of that player or the sport. Up this week is the Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL’s new expansion team.
Most of our milestones surround accomplishments of the statistical variety. But this week is a different milestone of sorts, as the NHL‘s newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights, has drafted their first-ever roster.
A milestone nonetheless, the newest expansion team will begin play in the NHL during the 2017-18 season. Their first game of the season is on Oct. 6 at the Dallas Stars. And their first-ever home game is Oct. 10 versus the Arizona Coyotes at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
While the Golden Knights’ first three games are on the road, they follow that up with a seven-game home stand.
It is an exciting time for the city of Las Vegas and state of Nevada, as they now have two professional sports teams playing within state lines. The Oakland Raiders will begin play in Las Vegas in or around 2020.
The biggest surprise that comes with two professional teams coming to Nevada is the fact that sports leagues held off for so long because of legal gambling in the state, So, let’s throw that in as a milestone as well.
As an expansion team, the Golden Knights were a part of two separate drafts this past week and weekend. The first being the expansion draft, and the other the NHL Draft.
Some of the key names to be drafted in the expansion draft are a pair of former teammates for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The pair is goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and forward James Neal (Nashville), who squared off against his former team in the Stanley Cup Finals this season.
Congratulations to the Vegas Golden Knights on their first drafts as an NHL team and good luck in 2017.