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 we can to help you and our city heal.
Neal said Friday night he had tickets to last Sunday night's concert in Las Vegas, at which 58 people were killed and almost 500 injured, but decided not to attend.
The toughest challenges are still ahead for Vegas, but this has been one incredible start to their first season as an National Hockey League franchise.
It's impossible to predict what the prevailing mood will be inside T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday night as the Golden Knights make their long-awaited regular-season home debut. But while it is an important moment for the expansion team, hockey will take a back seat for an emotional pre-game ceremony and the players have something more meaningful to play for.
A ceremonial puck drop followed, featuring survivors of the shooting.
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.
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The Golden Knights originally planned a giant ceremony to commemorate the beginning of the hockey season. I wish those who did good would get center stage like last night all the time.it would be a refreshing change from some of the things we see and hear nowadays. but the reality is that sometimes it seems to take the worst to see us at our best, and sports offers us the platform to highlight the best.at the very least to those watching, maybe it put some of the things we've all be arguing about recently into a different perspective.
Tuesday begins a seven-game homestand, and it's a chance for the Knights to not only pick up some points but establish their home ice as a tough place to play. The players and coaches hope they can play a role in a return to normalcy. It was the least we could do for those people that went through that.
Engelland said his wife had a hand in the speech.
Forward Jonathan Marchessault said: "I think we're ready".
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.