Sport Golden Knights eager to help Las Vegas community after shooting

08:40  04 october  2017
08:40  04 october  2017 Source:   Sporting News

Golden Knights to pay tribute to Las Vegas shooting victims

  Golden Knights to pay tribute to Las Vegas shooting victims The Golden Knights will pay tribute during their first home game to those who were affected by a mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday.Foley said Golden Knights will pay tribute to shooting victims and the first responders at the team's Oct. 10 home opener at @TMobileArena.

Nate Schmidt is determined to help Las Vegas recover after more than 58 people were killed in Sunday's shooting .

The Golden Knights aim to tap into the people who call Las Vegas home to create a fan base, but their home, T-Mobile Arena, will be right along The Strip and its casinos. Nothing in place that could help Frank do her job: sell the brand of hockey to a community in a sports desert.

Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt said it is vital the new NHL franchise serve the community in any way they can following Sunday's shooting massacre.

More than 58 people were killed and over 500 injured when a gunman opened fire on an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.

Nate Schmidt of the Las Vegas Golden Knights © Getty Images Nate Schmidt of the Las Vegas Golden Knights

The Knights play their first ever regular-season game on Friday, with fans gathering on Tuesday to watch them practice, and Schmidt is determined to help the city recover.

"This is more than a game sometimes. I love what I do, and in the loose term of things right now we need to be here for whatever healing process that city needs us for," Schmidt told reporters.

Golden Knights to pay tribute to Las Vegas shooting victims

  Golden Knights to pay tribute to Las Vegas shooting victims The Golden Knights will pay tribute during their first home game to those who were affected by a mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday.Foley said Golden Knights will pay tribute to shooting victims and the first responders at the team's Oct. 10 home opener at @TMobileArena.

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"Whether that's out in the streets, helping or getting to talk to people and just trying to get their minds off things. Whether it's our practice so people can get their minds off things and for us as well it's great to get into our community and show our support as well.

"This community has been so great to us so far and I think that it's paramount for us to make sure we get out there and we're a part of this now. This is not just 'doing a community' type of thing. We're ingrained in this culture now."

Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland added: "We had a day off and everyone's trying to do stuff, as much as they can, without knowing the city or knowing anyone here.

"The guys were 'What can we do?' and with the games and stuff and trying to get people out and recognize that people had put their lives on the line to help others and people they didn't know and just help the city heal on the whole.

"We're grateful for our jobs and what we can do and especially to be able to give back, especially under circumstances like this is a huge honor for everyone in this room."

Golden Knights remain undefeated after James Neal's overtime-winner .
The Vegas Golden Knights stayed undefeated on Saturday, again on the stick of forward James Neal.And while it's entirely too early in the season to make any grand declarations, what's true up to this very minute is the Knights are 2-0-0, undefeated in the franchise's history after forward James Neal scored again on Saturday, his second game-winner in as many nights, to lead the Knights to a 2-1 overtime victory against the Coyotes.

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