Vegas Golden Knights Honor Shooting Victims And Heroic First Responders In Emotional Home Opener (VIDEOS)

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Last week the city of Las Vegas endured an unspeakable tragedy. On Tuesday, their new hockey team gave them something to cheer about.

After a 2-0 start on the road, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights hosted the Arizona Coyotes for their inaugural home opener on Tuesday night. Normally the pomp and circumstance surrounding such an event would be all about the team. However, that was not the case this time around. The Golden Knights made their first game in Vegas all about the victims of last week’s shooting and the heroic first responders who so selflessly came to their aid.

The tribute started well before the actual game. The Coyotes announced that they would wear #VegasStrong decals on their helmets:


Meanwhile, in an unexpected and unprecedented move, the Golden Knights removed all the advertisements from the boards around the rink and replaced them with the words “Vegas Strong”:

When the Golden Knights took the ice for the first time, each player was accompanied by a first responder so the citizens of Las Vegas could give them the ovation they deserved:


After everyone was out on the ice, the names of all 58 victims were displayed in lights:

And when it was finally time for the ceremonial puck drop, the Golden Knights gave the honor to survivors of the tragic shooting:


Then, as if all that wasn’t enough, the Vegas Knights treated their fans to a bit of history by beating the Coyotes and becoming the first expansion team ever to get off to a 3-0 start:

Viva Las Vegas indeed.

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