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Las Vegas–Yesterday Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland received the nomination for the King Clancy Award, today he’s up for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.

In his first season with the Golden Knights, Engelland delivered a special key note speech that was one for the ages “We Are Vegas Strong” back in the home opener of the campaign in the wake of the horrific 1 October Shooting tragedy.

Engelland’s Keynote Speech

Engelland’s speech was in light of the 1 October Shooting that claimed the lives of 58 souls and injured 851 people, 422 of them by gunfire.

With that motivating, inspiring, and moving speech that Engelland made before puck drop, the Golden Knights would go on and defeat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2. He also scored the second goal of the contest.

As a longtime Vegas resident that Engelland is from his days when he was playing for the ECHL Wranglers he’s become a huge staple in the community in his work of philanthropy.

Engelland along with his wife Melissa, kicked started an initiative in the community for the those members of Las Vegas who were impacted by the 1 October Shooting by bringing them to Golden Knights home games at T-Mobile Arena.

After each home game that the Golden Knights played at “The Fortress” Engelland and his wife met and thanked their special guests for attending.

But that work in the community by Engelland does not end there with bringing the victims of the 1 October Shooting to home games, it extends beyond that.

Another initiative that Engelland is involved in the community, is with the Ronald McDonald House and also Square in an effort to assist Vegas children and their families that are in need of support.

This year, he continued his five-year community wide relationship with Vegas Fire Department with local firefighters and raised over $40,000 in donation proceeds for kids around the city who don’t have the financial means to play this great international sport.

In his first NHL campaign with the Golden Knights, Engelland finished the season with 79 games under his belt and produced 5 goals, registered 18 assists for 23 points and was a +6.

He also logged 1,602 of total ice time and averaged 20:17 per game.

Engelland also signed a 1-year extension with the Golden Knights earlier in the campaign for the 2018-19 season.

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