Summerlin– Today the Vegas Golden Knights organization hit a major milestone at their official Practice Facility in Summerlin, NV. On hand for the historic event were Golden Knights Senior Vice President Murray Craven, General Manager of the Summerlin Practice Facility Brad Sholl, Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak, along with President/CEO of Gillett Construction Darren Gillett.
After months of hard work along with countless of hours since their initial ground breaking ceremony back on October 5th, 2016 the Gillett Construction team along with the Golden Knights topped off their Summerlin Facility with the last beam that closes out a major chapter in the sites construction.
With the closure of this major chapter in construction operations major VIP’s signed their names on the last beam to be forever part of Golden Knights history.
Below is the video of those special guests who were involved in the whole process with steadfast behind the scenes work.
The Vegas Golden Knights Summerlin Practice Facility is located at 1550 South Pavilion Center Drive across from the Red Rock Casino and Resort adjacent to the Downtown Summerlin shopping center.
The event was highlighted by a series keynote speakers that applauded Gillett Construction crews and the Vegas hockey organization of how far the facility has come in just 6 short months.
As a token of gratitude and appreciation for months of hard work and dedication the construction teams of Gillett Construction, public leaders, team staff members, and members of the media were treated to food and refreshments to celebrate today’s milestone.
Below is the full video that features Murray Craven and Steve Sisolak along with fellow colleague Susan Brager honoring the event in front of a large crowd of Gillett Construction crew members along with staff members of the Golden Knights and local media outlets in the community.
Memorable Quote from Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak:
“I can’t thank the Golden Knights enough,” Sisolak said. “They have changed the landscape of this community and will always be our first major professional team. We stand by ready to do whatever we can to help bring this thing to the finish line.”
For the Vegas Golden Knights being the first ever major professional sports team in the community it really gives the people of Las Vegas something to be extremely proud of, that sense of “Civic Pride” that VGK GM George McPhee echoed months ago was felt here today during the topping off ceremony.
Based on the progression of the facility it is scheduled to be open to the public in mid August weeks before their inaugural training camp for the 2017-2018 season.
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***VEGAS JUNIOR GOLDEN KNIGHTS EXECUTIVE BOARD FOR THE 2017-18 SEASON Courtesy of the Vegas Golden Knights***
Scott Allegrini – Chief Operating Officer of the Las Vegas Ice Center, Director of the USHL’s Tri-City Storm and General Manager of the Las Vegas Storm
John Brooks – Nevada Storm Co-Founder, Las Vegas Ice Center Co-Owner, Director of the USHL’s Tri- City Storm, Co-Owner of Las Vegas Storm
Murray Craven – Vegas Golden Knights Senior Vice President and veteran of 1071 NHL games
Misha Donskov – Vegas Golden Knights Director of Hockey Operations and former Hockey Canada executive/coach and Ontario Hockey League executive/coach
Wally Lacroix – Native of Montreal, Quebec who refereed professional hockey for 14 years and coached at every level of hockey in the Las Vegas Valley including Midget AAA
Brad Sholl – General Manager of the Vegas Golden Knights Practice Facility and former executive board member of the Los Angeles Junior Kings AAA program
DIRECTOR OF COACHES
The Director of Coaches of the Vegas Junior Golden Knights program is Gabe Gauthier. Gauthier is a two-time NCAA ice hockey champion having won back-to-back titles while playing for Denver University in 2004 and 2005. His pro career spanned seven seasons and included stints in the NHL (Los Angeles Kings), AHL, ECHL, CHL and Europe. The native of Torrance, California most recently served as the Jr. A Head Coach of the Las Vegas Storm.
VEGAS JUNIOR GOLDEN KNIGHTS COACHING STAFF
Director of Coaches: Gabe Gauthier
High School: Head Coach- Jeff Bruckner, Assistant Coach-Dave Voors
U16AAA: HC-Frank Salcido, AC- Robb McDonald, AC- Adam Naglich
U14AA: HC- Eric Lacroix, HC-Wally Lacroix, AC-Bo Lackas, AC-Rick Berninger
U14A: HC-Evan Zucker, AC-Adam Zucker
U12AA: HC-Dell Truax, AC-Bo Lackas
U12A: HC-Kevin Mulcahy, AC-Tom Lackas
U12B: HC- Jordan Van Son, AC- Jason Sylvester
U10A: HC- Steve McNabb, AC-Brad Sholl
U10B: HC-James Nyznyk, AC- Andy Butsavich
U10B white: HC-Robb McDonald, AC-Jordan Van Son
U8: 2009,2010,2011 Birth year teams (Brian Fox, Mike Milton, John Rauch, Tony Haughey, Tom Lackas, Eric Lacroix)
Video courtesy of the KTNV ABC 13 Las Vegas.
File footage that shows you to initial groundbreaking of the Vegas Golden Knights Summerlin Practice Facility back on Oct 5, 2016.