Las Vegas–Today in front of a large crowd at “City National Arena” that was literally standing room only watched the Vegas Golden Knights players take the ice at training camp for the 1st time in franchise history.
Vegas Golden Knights Inaugural Training Camp Roster
The Golden Knights broke up the participating players into 4 separate groups with A and B kicking things off to start training camp practices. C and D were later in the day.
When the players took to the ice in front of their new fans in Vegas they immediately went to work and so did the coaching staff for the Golden Knights.
According to the Golden Knights staff, there were roughly around 600 season ticket holders that took part in franchise history at “City National Arena” today.
This provided a major spark in the player’s performance as they were seen flying down the ice during training drills.
In the modern era of the NHL speed is an important aspect of the game and the players that I noticed out there today where Vadim Shipachyov, Oscar Lindberg, and Keegan Kolesar.
One notable player that was not seen on the ice today for the Golden Knights was winger James Neal.
Neal is currently in the recovery phase of his recent hand injury that took place when he was a member of the Nashville Predators during their 1st ever trip to the Stanley Cup Finals.
According to the team, Neal will be ready to go in about 2 to 3 weeks and up to a month, per Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee.
Fresh off of his 1st NHL rookie scrimmage, #6th overall selection Cody Glass provided his thoughts of his first day went and the pace of an NHL training camp.
“I have to get use to the higher pace and going from rookie camp to training camp it’s a lot faster.” Glass said
One the things that Glass talked about at the conclusion of development camp in July was needed to work his speed. That was apparent in today’s training camp session was his speed that was much better.
Glass praised what veteran center Shipachyov brings to the table for Golden Knights who is likely the franchises top line center going into their 1st NHL season.
“He’s skilled, I think he’s a really good player.” Glass replied.
Glass also made mention that Shipachyov will need to get used to the smaller ice surface given that he came from playing the game on a bigger ice surface in Russia with SKA St. Petersburg.
He also took notice of the skill that Shipachyov brings to the team as a shooter.
“He’s got a really good shot, he’s a very good head’s up player and that’s what I like about him.” Says Glass.
Post-Scrimmage Interview With Cody Glass
For Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant he was very pleased with how things went on day one and what he saw out there on the ice today.
“It was what we hoped for on the first day,” Gallant said. “Guys going hard, nobody getting hurt and developing some chemistry on the ice.”
At ice level during the sessions, players were working hard and getting familiar with one another both veterans and the rookies who are gunning for spots with the Golden Knights.
Gallant was very happy to see the emotion and excitement in the Golden Knights rookies during day 1 of training camp.
“It was good to see the kids with smiles on their faces, skating with the NHL veterans and having fun,” Says Gallant.
Gallant talked about training camp as a time where the players show their skills and what they bring to the table during the practice sessions in a positive way.
“We want this to be a positive experience for them and it was fun to see.” Added Gallant.
Full Presser Of Head Coach Gerard Gallant
Gallant did confirm that he has a roster ready to go for this Sunday’s matchup against the Vancouver Canucks.
The Golden Knights continue their training camp tomorrow at “City National Arena”, check back with us tomorrow for updates.