The moment the clock struck 00:00 in Winnipeg on Sunday afternoon the Golden Knights became Western Conference Champions and were headed to the Stanley Cup Final. However, the moment players, coaches, executives, and even fans had that actually sink in has been different for everyone.
The first time I noticed it was today when Nabber was sitting next to me and there the sticker was on the back of his helmet. I thought it was pretty cool because this is where we are at. -Nate Schmidt
Maxime Lagace told me for him it was when he saw the trophy in the locker room. Luca Sbisa said it kind of hit him while he was sitting at home a day or two later. Aside from Marc-Andre Fleury and James Neal who have been there before it had to hit every guy at some point.
Personally, it happened to me when I saw a Stanley Cup Final game puck for sale that said “Vegas Golden Knights vs. Washington Capitals: Game One.” There’s just something special about seeing the name on the actual object of them game.
Of course, I’m not going to be playing in the game, but like many who read this site, we’ve been around this organization longer than the players, longer than the coaches, and even longer than the GM. The next game the Vegas Golden Knights play will be in the Stanley Cup Final.