Las Vegas–In wake of the Route 91 Mandalay Bay Shooting that happened this past Sunday, the Vegas Golden Knights players went out in the community today to show their support to the victims and first responders who were affected by this horrific tragedy.
This morning, the Golden Knights players had a brief practice at “City National Arena” before they took their march in the community to be with the victims and first responders that were affected by the mass shooting that happened during the Jason Aldean concert this past Sunday.
Country Star Jason Aldean, was wrapping up his Route 91 Concert in Las Vegas when the shooting happened.
After the practice session that took place today Vegas resident and Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland shared with us his reaction and thoughts as the city goes thru the early stages of the healing process.
Here his thoughts with the video that we shot today after the team’s quick practice at “City National Arena”.
Vegas Golden Knights Defenseman Deryk Engelland On The Vegas Shooting
Jason Garrision also provided his thoughts on how where he was during the Vegas Shootings, how the city has come together to the thousands of Las Vegan’s donating blood at the local blood banks around the city.
Vegas Golden Knights Defenseman Jason Garrison On The Vegas Shooting
Head Coach Gerard Gallant shared his thoughts of the where he was during the Vegas Shooting, getting the update on the players, to the civic pride that Las Vegan’s have shown and the responsibility the team has as community ambassadors.
Vegas Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant
Originally scheduled for today, the Golden Knights organization originally had planned to host their 1st ever Fan Fest in partnership with The D Las Vegas but they did was right for the city and canceled it and elected to do their part in the community to show their support.
Their 1st stop today was a trip to the Las Vegas Metro Police Headquarters to pay their respects and support to the local law enforcement officers that were involved and affected by the horrific shooting that happened near the Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino.
These brave men and women helped saved thousands of lives of locals and tourists who were on the scene as the event unfolded.
While the team was out in the community to show their support for Las Vegan’s the Vegas Golden Knights along with the Foley Family Charitable Trust and the NHL made a significant joint donation of $300,000 in support of the victims of Sunday’s late-night shooting in Las Vegas and first responders who have worked fearlessly and tirelessly from the moment tragedy struck.
After their visit to Las Vegas Metro Police Headquarters, the Vegas Golden Knights players visited the United Blood Center on W Charleston which is not too far from their official practice facility in Summerlin to be with blood donors of the Vegas Community.
Vegas Golden Knights Players At United Blood Center
Vegas Golden Knights players with volunteers from the Salvation Army and United Blood Center along with blood donors from the Vegas community as they show their support in the #VegasStrong and #VegasUnited initiatives.
The United Blood Center has been around since the 1950’s and as served on a daily basis an average of 60 to 70 donations and 175 across their mobile and fixed sites per day.
On Monday, United Blood Services collected 670 blood donations from generous donors that started at 4:15 am and stayed opened to process their last donations before 10 pm.
Vegas Golden Knights forward James Neal shared his thoughts with us today United Blood Center in the aftermath of the Vegas Shooting from Sunday.
Vegas Golden Knights Forward James Neal At United Blood Center
After their visit with the blood donors and community volunteers at United Blood Center, the Vegas Golden Knights players met Vegas Shooting survivor Courtney Oldenburg who escaped mass shooting onslaught that took place at 10:08 pm on Sunday.
This gesture by the Vegas Golden Knights players to take a photo with Oldenburg is part of the firm promise by the organization that they are here for the community and will support them in any way they can whether it’s big or small.