Tonight the Vegas Golden Knights rookies took to the ice for the 1st time in franchise history against a potential rival Los Angeles.
After many training sessions that took place at development camp back in late June and early July to the most recent rookie camp this past week, the Golden Knights were able to apply what have learned up to now, in an actual in-game situation vs. a Pacific foe in which they face frequently in the upcoming season in the NHL.
1st Opening Draw In Golden Knights History!!!
History Made: 1st Ever Goal For The Golden Knights!!!
It was Golden Knights forward Tomas Hyka who etched his name in franchise history as the club’s 1st goal scorer in rookie competition.
First Ever Scrap In Vegas Golden Knights History!!!
This battle featured the 2-55’s of the Golden Knights Keegan Kolesar and LA’s Boko Imama.
Los Angeles Tied It Up In The 2nd Period
During the 2nd intermission, Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee came on and spoke with the Los Angeles broadcasting team and talked about the Vegas Draft, NHL Entry Draft, to both development and rookie camps that the franchise has put on as of late.
McPhee talked about the civic pride around the community, something that he made mention of last year when the team was named in front of thousands upon thousands of hockey fans that came out to T-Mobile Arena on November 22nd.
He also highlighted the importance of the youth hockey program as a whole in building the brand within the Vegas community.
McPhee talked about how building a hockey team to win the NHL is thru the draft which is why he stockpiled picks over the next few cycles. This was also key for him during the recent Vegas Expansion Draft.
Clip courtesy of colleague Sheng Peng for this segment with more on McPhee watch below.
The final period of the game was all Los Angeles who ended up scoring 5 goals, while Vegas pitched in with 1 of their own. This onslaught by LA was contributed by defensive breakdowns in their end and on special teams.
For the Golden Knights, this something that the Vegas rookies will need to clean up ahead of tomorrows game.
Kolesar Lone Goal Scorer For Golden Knights In The 3rd Period
In their 1st ever matchup against a league opponent, the Golden Knights fell to the Kings 6-2.