Las Vegas–Today marked the official start of the 2017-18 hockey season and for the Vegas Golden Knights and their players, this is their 1st campaign in franchise history that they are embarking on come this Friday.
Yesterday, the organization made a few rosters as they assigned forwards Alex Tuch and Vadim Shipachyov along with defenseman Shea Theodore to the Chicago Wolves hockey club which serves as the Golden Knights AHL partner for the current season.
Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee confirmed with members of the media today that last night, the team signed forward Brandon Pirri to the organization.
Pirri skated with the New York Rangers organization last season and played in 60 of the 82 games with them. In those 60 games played he recorded 8 goals, 10 assists for 18 points.
When he played for Gallant in Florida as a member of the Panthers in the 2014-15 season, he scored 22 goals, 2 assists for 24 points in only 49 games. His 22 goals in that campaign was a career high for the former Chicago Blackhawks 2009 2nd round draft pick.
Another transaction that took place was the organization claiming P.K. Subban‘s younger brother Malcolm Subban off of waivers thus making him the 3rd goaltender in the franchises depth chart between the pipes.
Malcolm’s 1st Golden Knights Practice
Malcolm this past season played for the Boston Bruins as well as the Providence Bruins organizations. He played most of his time down in the AHL with Providence where 32 games to his credit posting an 11-14-5-1 record with 1 shutout. While Subban was backstopping Providence, he posted a 2.41 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
Before GMGM kicked off his presser with members of the local media he offered his condolonces on behalf of the Golden Knights of the recent horrific shooting that took place this past Sunday at the Route 91 Harvest Festival near Mandalay Bay Casino.
“Our organization will move heaven and Earth to help in this community and we pledge the full support we grieve and heal and persevere together.” Said McPhee
“Our players have been amazing in coming to us and asking how they can help and getting out in the community and helping where they can.” Added McPhee
Yesterday the team went out in the community and visited Las Vegas Metro Police at their headquarters to show their support to the fellow officers involved, went to the Las Vegas Convention Center to meet the victims of the shooting, and stopped by the United Blood Center on W Charleston to spend time with blood donors that donated for survivors of the horrific tragedy.
“With respect to the way our players have responded the last few days, we feel we have 23 captains.” McPhee said on the steadfast commitment the players have demonstrated to the city of Las Vegas.
McPhee also made mentioned the Chicago Wolves organization contributed a $100,000 of their own in the Vegas Shooting victims and first responders relief fund.
Full Presser Of Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee
Here are the interview scrums that we were involved in on a very busy media day with defenseman Griffin Reinhart, forwards William Karlsson, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, James Neal, and goaltenders Marc-André Fleury and Malcolm Subban.
Griffin Reinhart Media Day Interview
William Karlsson Media Day Interview
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare Media Day Interview
Marc-André Fleury Media Day Interview
James Neal Media Day Interview
Malcolm Subban Media Day Interview
After today’s busy media day with Golden Knights players, Head Coach Gerard Gallant updated us ahead of the regular season campaign that the teams starts this Friday against the Dallas Stars in particular with the franchise rolling out 6 alternates.
Full Media Day Presser With Vegas Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant
***Note: Select quotes and commentary from each player will be added later. Check back with us for updates.***