Ever since the Las Vegas Golden Knights proudly selected non-protected players from other NHL teams, they have been a fan favourite everywhere they play.
Solidifying the essence of a class act…on the night the Vegas Golden Knights clinched the NHL’s Pacific Division title, the expansion team retired the No. 58 jersey. They also raised a banner with the names of the 58 killed in the Oct. 1 concert shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.
The black-and-gold “VEGAS STRONG” banner was lifted to the rafters at T-Mobile Arena In a pregame ceremony Saturday night following a video tribute.
Several Knights players called the ceremony emotional, powerful and beautiful.
Vegas fans say they believe the team drew inspiration from the ceremony, as they went on to beat their closest rival, the San Jose Sharks 3-2. In doing so they notched the 50th win of their inaugural season.
As well as the fatalities, hundreds of others were injured when a lone gunman carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history back on Oct. 1 of last year.