The third episode of the Behind The Vegas Ice Series took us on a journey with both Director of Hockey Operations Misha Donskov and Assistant Director of Player Development Bob Lowes. Donskov and Lowes talked about the recent World Junior Championship that took place in Canada’s illustrious city Montreal and getting an up close look at the future draft eligible players as well as players who were already selected by existing hockey clubs in the NHL.
For them that trip was all business.
At the tournament, Lowes highlighted that being nomadic and on the road throughout the year quite a bit. He mentioned that in a given month he’d be on the road for 25 days.
Amateur Scout Erin Ginnell teamed up with Lowes at the tournament when the Swedes took on the Slovak’s. There they had players targeted and gathered important information for post trip analysis.
Back at their base camp in Summerlin, NV the Vegas scouts who were deployed across the United States returned home and held their first ever mid-season meetings. Mike Folingo Professional Scout with the organization discussed what goes on behind closed doors was like. Talked about how secretive the information was and that it would be disclosed sometime down the road.
The scene inside the team’s war room showed Golden Knights General Manager sitting in front of a white board that displayed a list of current American Hockey League players. To the ordinary fan seeing the war room of a hockey club was rare in itself.
Foligno stressed the importance of bringing back that information in order to influence their group in the decision making process.
The following piece took Misha Donskov on a tour of the construction site for the team’s practice facility in Summerlin. There he had the opportunity first hand to see the progress that has been since being deployed.
Senior Vice President Murray Craven tasked with overseeing the completion of the facility explained to Donskov where his office would be at, the team’s dressing room, to how the players would get to the ice for practice. The Vegas hockey community is in for real treat when the state of the art facility is completed. Donskov ended by saying that this is where the community will see the future of the Golden Knights.
Next Vegas’s team President Kerry Bubolz called a meeting with key members of the organization and discussed the in game experience for home games at T-Mobile Arena. Topics that were talked were from in arena dance team, a custom goal song, to creating an interactive squad.
Bubolz highlighted the need to be great, alive, and match the current competition within the marketplace. He stressed alignment, best event, and presentation in the NHL. Other topics that went around table was the national anthem and goal horn.
Topics that weren’t caught on camera were in game DJ’s, live organ music, Jumbotron videos, and 3D projection mapping on the ice.
The end segment took owner Bill Foley along with the organization’s business staff on a tour of the Summerlin facility since it broke ground. Foley and company toured the locations of the team store, workout rooms, the dressing rooms, and ice sheets. Bill highlighted that the building is two stories in height.
Closing, a lot of work for the organization lies ahead as the team presses forward in preparing for their inaugural season this fall.
Episode 4 of Behind of The Vegas Ice airs next month.