Las Vegas–As the Vegas Golden Knights continue making history, the guys kick it up a notch at training camp in front of standing room only crowd at “City National Arena”.
Golden Knights Team President Kerry Bubolz addressed the large crowd of fans before the start of day 3 of training camp in an effort to get them fired up before the guys hit the ice.
The civic pride that the Golden Knights fan has shown this team during the first two days of training camp has been impressive to see at “City National Arena”.
Players that stood in today’s training camp session were Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Nick Suzuki, Alex Tuch, Stefan Matteau, and Teemu Pulkkinen.
The Golden Knights players were skating faster, their edge work was improved from yesterday’s practice, and the passing was much crisper in today’s training camp outing.
Another important aspect in today’s session was the practice of stopping drills that the coaching staff put the players thru, even injured Knights prospect Jake Leschysyn looked good in that exercise.
Leschysyn is another player like James Neal that is currently recovering from a prior season injury. When playing from the Regina Saint Pat’s he suffered a knee injury that kept him for the rest of the season with his junior team.
Since camp started, Leschysn’s has been wearing a red no-contact gear that keeps other Golden Knights players from making contact with him as continues to get healthier and healthier by the day.
In the morning session, Suzuki scored twice for his squad. This is expected given that he produced 45 goals, 51 assists for 96 points with the WHL’s Owen Sound Attack.
Bellemare also scored in today’s scrimmage game during the am session of training camp.
At the conclusion of the first game today, it was Team Grey that edged Team White by a 4-3 final.
After the morning session, I had the opportunity to speak to Bellemare at how his training camp with the Golden Knights has been going for him and getting to know his new teammates out there on the ice at “City National Arena”.
“Yesterday was a tougher practice, today was okay little bit more pace, little more play with the puck, it was fun.” Bellemare said.
Bellemare is a character guy and a gentleman’s player, something that the Golden Knights are lucky to have.
The Frenchman talked about the pace that he saw in today’s training camp practice at “City National Arena.”
“Well you can see from right away from like a few days before camp like obviously guys are a little bit sharper everybody tries to a little bit better, obviously everyone want to be apart of the team so it’s good.”
For the Golden Knights, according to Head Coach Gerard Gallant, there are between 3-4 jobs that are up for grabs.
Bellemare expressed his appreciation for the Golden Knights fans who showed for today’s training camp practice.
“This morning like there’s lot of people that’s really impressive actually.” Says Bellemare.
This is Bellemare’s 1st training camp with another NHL club since his time with the Philadelphia Flyers organization. Bellemare was a member of that Class of 67 franchise for 3 seasons (2014 thru 2017). He talked about the transition between
He talked about what the transition between Philadelphia to Vegas has been for him.
“I think, the fans in Philly were great and what I’ve heard so far for here like that a lot of people are just excited about it.” Bellemare replied. “You can see today how many people were, it’s pretty much like when I was in Philly.” Bellemare continued.
To catch more from today’s interview with Bellemare check out our video below.
Full Locker Room Interview With Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
In the afternoon session fans still showed their support for the second practice of day at “City National Arena” second practice.
With the amount of support that the fans have shown the Golden Knights since their arrival in the marketplace, General Manager George McPhee called it “A Love Affair”.
Even the fans that came to the afternoon session, line up around the glass to watch the Golden Knights players practice ahead of tomorrow’s matchup against the Vancouver Canucks.
After the afternoon session, I caught up with Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin to get his take on how things are going for him at training camp.
Cody highlighted what he’s been impressed about since the start of training camp with the Golden Knights.
“I think the speed been good, guys working hard, there’s some young guys that’s been showing some grit, some skill, everything, everyone’s here wants to be here and work hard so that’s been fun” Eakin said.
For Eakin, there’s a bit of a Winnipeg contingent with the Golden Knights organization this year and he did not hold back in showing that pride of having that on the team.
“I think Glass, Winnipeg boy had a few points today, couple nice moves but there’s been a lot of young guys that some may don’t know yet haven’t quite yet to meet but they’re looking pretty good.” Eakin mentioned
Post-Scrimmage Locker Room Scrum With Cody Eakin
Training Camp Update By General Manager George McPhee
Tomorrow’s official roster for the 1st ever Vegas Golden Knights preseason game has been confirmed by the organization.
Forwards: William Carrier, Cody Glass, Tomas Hyka, Keegan Kolesar, Brendan Leipsic, Stefan Matteau, Tomas Nosek, Nick Suzuki, Paul Thompson, Alex Tuch, TJ Tynan and Tyler Wong
Defensemen: Jake Bischoff, Nicolas Hague, Brad Hunt, Griffin Reinhart, Clayton Stoner and Shea Theodore
Goaltenders: Dylan Ferguson and Jiri Patera
***Note: This roster above is scheduled to change. If it does, we will provide an update.***