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Expansion Team, Not Expansion Crowd

Early in the third period with the score is tied, the Golden Knights quickly reset the play after the puck was dumped out of the zone. They caught the Kings on a line change and the puck sat right in front of the Los Angeles bench. Players were jumping on and off the ice and a King going off touched the puck as he attempted to get off the ice. It was a rather clear “too many men” penalty, but it went uncalled.

It’s a preseason game, and the play was completely unaffected, but the T-Mobile Arena crowd was not ready to let it go unnoticed, and while they were screaming at the refs, they were also sending a message to the hockey world, this may be a new team to hockey, but these are not new fans.

Multiple Oscar-worthy performances from this guy last night. Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Throughout the entire game, there were noticeable cheers or groans at points of a hockey game where only diehard hockey fans would know to cheer. I’m talking moments like a questionable hybrid icing call, an excellent keep in the zone right on top of the blue line, a pass through the slot that was just too late, or a 2017 preseason slash that had T-Mobile Arena screaming curse words before the ref made the announcement.

There were 17,101 fans announced at the first preseason home game in Golden Knights history, and while the expectation was for a slightly baffled crowd waiting for moments like goals, fights, and big hits, the Vegas crowd delivered just the opposite.

The city’s buzzing for the team right now, and it’s a lot of fun to be here, but you never expect to have a sold-out crowd for the preseason and it was pretty close to that tonight. We fed off the energy and that’s what we’re gonna need all year. -Calvin Pickard

Look! Real hockey fans. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

It was a hockey crowd and an educated one at that. Hockey is an easy game to understand on the surface, but with the speed of play and the nuances in the rules, it takes some time to really understand how to cheer for a game. In many past expansion arena, they would explain rules, make ridiculous announcements, and really go above and beyond to “teach the game.” None of that nonsense was necessary at T-Mobile Arena last night.

It’s only one game, and a preseason game at that, but if last night was any indication, Vegas already knows the game.

The Arsenal Team Store At City National Arena Opens

The Arsenal, team store inside of City National Arena, is open for business and it is jammed with tons of new apparel.

In addition to the Golden Knights gear, the store is stocked up with hockey equipment from sticks to skates to gloves to helmets to anything else you could possibly need to dominate your beer league.

Oh yeah, and just like at T-Mobile Arena’s Armory, I bought the first thing in store history.

Golden Knights Player Ratings In NHL 18

Tomorrow marks one of the best days on the calendar every year as the newest edition of the best video game, EA’s NHL 18, officially drops.

This year, obviously, is extra special as it’s the first time ever fans can play with a team actually from Vegas rather than having to create or move a team. So, let’s take a look at the Golden Knights roster on NHL 18.

89/89/90 is actually quite solid for an expansion team. Normally, the worst team in the league is much lower than this, so at the very least, for all of us who will refuse to play the game with any other team, we won’t start too much in the hole.

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NHL 18 Releases VGK-Centric Promo Video, Introduces Expansion Draft Feature

As surreal as moments such as the name reveal, jersey unveil, and the Expansion Draft have been for Vegas hockey fans, the ability to finally play a video game with a team actually from Vegas rather than the stock create-a-team might be the most unbelievable of all.

NHL 18 drops on September 15th and EA just released a video surrounding the Expansion Draft and the game’s updated franchise mode.

The game integrates the actual NHL protection lists and allows gamers to either play with the Golden Knights or create a team and bring them to any other city. The game also has a feature that lets fans of other teams go back and submit different protection lists to see how the draft would have changed.

Back in June EA put out this sweet promo video of T-Mobile Arena as well.

September 15th cannot get here soon enough. Hopefully, by then they’ll realize the Golden Knights wear white gloves, not these bogus black ones in the video.

Upper Deck Ignores VGK In First 2017-18 NHL Card Set

About a week ago, I found some old hockey cards getting dusty in my closet. As I sorted through, I noticed a handful of Golden Knight players. I found old Cody Eakin, Deryk Engelland, Marc-Andre Fleury, and multiple James Neal cards.

After trading VGK players with my one-year-old, I thought, screw these old cards. We need the 2017-18 Golden Knights player cards. It was time to reach out to Upper Deck, the crown jewel of trading cards. Player artwork, autographs, jersey swatches, and stick inserts are what UD excels in. In fact, this Upper Deck card got me amped for an eventual Erik Brannstrom Rookie Profile card.

I learned a lot about the trading card industry. It’s a slow but advanced process. I get it, we’re working with artists. For some reason, there is never enough time between seasons for trading card companies. For instance, players that relocate during the offseason usually get stuck in a previous team’s jersey on their new card. For example, Neal’s first Golden Knight’s card would likely be a picture of the forward in Predators yellow. So, that’s what I expected. Unfortunately, I was deeply disappointed.

When Upper Deck released their 2017-18 NHL MVP series checklist, the Golden Knights were completely invisible. Not one Vegas card was printed by Upper Deck for their first released series. It doesn’t end with UD, it’s possible other Golden Knight trading cards (O-pee-chee, Panini, Topps) won’t be available to start the season either. Here’s the Upper Deck team checklist, take a look. 

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Local Brewery Names Beer After Golden Knights

Hop Nuts Brewing, located downtown, has created a special beer named after Vegas’ first major professional sports team.

It’s currently available at the Hop Nuts Brewing Taproom on Main Street and Charleston. You can also grab a glass of The Golden Knight at The PKWY Taverns and 702 Public School.

It’s a Belgian Style Golden strong. It’s light colored (Golden), light bodied, well carbonated strong beer! When they unveiled the team name they said they wanted something that represented strength and power and we felt The Golden Knight represented that. Even though the color is a golden and light in color, don’t get it confused. It packs a punch at 7.5% ABV but the design of the beer makes it very drinkable and gets along well with others. It’s a good intro beer to non craft beer drinkers and craft beer junkies at well. -Hop Nuts Brewing

Plus, there are cans of The Golden Knight coming to a local Smiths, Vons, Albertsons, Lee’s Liquor, Total Wine, and Speedee Mart in the next two months or so.

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Go give it a try and let us know how it is. With a name like that, it pretty much has to be amazing.

Whose Name Should Be On The Back Of Your Golden Knights Jersey

Right now if you head down to The Armory at T-Mobile Arena, you can become one of the first to pre-order a Golden Knights jersey. The tough part is deciding which name to choose to put on the back. We’re here to help aid in that process.

The Safe Picks
Marc-Andre Fleury and Deryk Engelland

The Flower is already the fan favorite in Vegas, and will almost certainly be starting in net on Opening Night. Engelland is the hometown hero who is the only free agent that decided to join the Golden Knights (I know there were others, but c’mon). Both are safe because we are pretty darn sure neither are going to be traded before the season begins. Short term, these are safe and good options. Long term might be a bit riskier.

Fleury has two years left on his contract and the Golden Knights are already lining up options to take over behind him. Odd are Fleury will be around for the entire inaugural season, but his second season and beyond gets tough. He’s going to be a candidate for a deadline deal in 2019 and will likely not remain with the Golden Knights after he hits free agency. Similarly, Engelland will be in Vegas for this season, but the future beyond 2018 is a major question mark. Really can’t go wrong with either, but chances are, you’ll be needing a replacement sooner than later if you go this route.

The Names You Know
James Neal, David Perron, and Brayden McNabb

You can expect every guy on this list to be on the first 23 man roster the Golden Knights release, but they are all going to be dangled to other teams as the season progresses. Here’s the biggest problem with having a jersey with any of these names on the back of it, the better he plays, the more likely he is to be shipped out. So, you are either stuck with a jersey of a guy playing poorly or a guy playing great (for a bad team) who is probably getting traded. Not exactly ideal for your first Golden Knights jersey.

The OGs
Reid Duke and Vadim Shipachyov

Both are great options but come with major concerns. With Duke, the concern is right away in the fact that he’s probably not going to make the team out of camp (and possibly ever). But, he’ll always be the first Golden Knight, he’s an awesome guy , and everybody loves a good underdog story.

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Creator Confirms Golden Knights Will Have Two Mascots

The name and logo are all good and well, but now it’s time for them to come to life in the form of a mascot, or as The Creator shared with SinBin.vegas, two mascots.

We’re going to have two mascots. One fan-friendly, kid-friendly mascot and there’s going to be one awesome, mean mother… the guy you don’t want to meet in the woods. -The Creator

First off, describing one mascot as a “mean mother…” might be the greatest thing that’s ever come out of The Creator’s mouth. It’s a shame he didn’t realize he was in the R-Rated space of talking to SinBin.vegas and finished off the thought with what he really wanted to say.

He went on to speak about his dream, which I heard for the first time in April of 2016 and have heard many times since, of the mascot skating in his full suit of armor and pulling Excalibur from the ice to kick off the season. Expect that mascot to be a true to form human knight plucked right out of the medieval days.

The other mascot is a bit more of a mystery. The only description we got was “kid-friendly” which leads me to believe he (or she) will be your classic fluffy oversized bobblehead looking mascot. Think this, or this, even something like this.

A female/male combo? -SinBin.vegas

Nah, I think we’ll go… Well the male is going to be the Golden Knight, and I’ve got a lot of ideas for him, then we have another idea but I can’t tell you about it yet. -The Creator

My guess would be an apprentice-type, or even the son of the Golden Knight.

Hopefully holding a sword from the Sword Star logo, wearing an oversized VGK helmet that doesn’t yet fit, and acting like a child trying to be like his father, but doesn’t yet have the skills, but no one asked me, so who knows.

Either way, not one but two mascots will be roaming the rows of T-Mobile Arena come October when the team finally hits the ice for the first time. As for when we’ll get to meet the literal faces of the franchise? That’s still unknown. Could be any time between next week and late July.

Vegas Golden Knights Make Appearance In Super Bowl 51 Props

When the NHL decided it was time to take the proverbial leap and become the first team to put a major professional sports franchise in Las Vegas they knew it would bring more exposure to the league. Look, even that goblin of a commissioner said it.

I actually believe Las Vegas is going to raise the visibility of hockey. -Gary Bettman, to NHL Network’s On The Fly

I think he was talking about TV numbers, international appeal, and just the simple flare the word Vegas (or Las Vegas if you prefer) brings to anything it’s associated with.

Well here’s another thing bringing the NHL to Vegas does for the league. It puts them front and center in one of the most influential places in the entire world of sports, whether anyone wants to admit it or not, sportsbooks.

Every year the Westgate, formerly LVH, formerly the Hilton, formerly the International, SuperBook, (easily the best sportsbook in the world… until another one pays me to say otherwise) puts out a book of Super Bowl props 40+ pages long.

You can bet everything from the coin toss, to the weight of the player who scores the first TD, to the exact number of points each team will score and there are payouts on both sides of every bet. The day the prop book comes out is essentially a city-wide holiday in Las Vegas. This year, the NHL found its way into the “cross-sport bets” section with two props on the Golden Knights.

WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Vegas Golden Knights 2017-18 NHL Regular Season)
Must play 82 Regular Season Games for action
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2017-18 POINTS -20.5 -110
DEVONTA FREEMAN (ATL) RUSHING YARDS +20.5 -110

WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Vegas Golden Knights 2017-18 First NHL Regular Season Game)
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS GOALS IN FIRST NHL REGULAR SEASON GAME -0.5 -130
TOTAL FIELDS GOALS MADE IN FIRST HALF BY: PATRIOTS+FALCONS +0.5 +110
**In case of shootout only 1 goal is added to winners score

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Team Contest To Send Fan Rep To All Star Game; Someone Reading This Better Win

I’m not going to the All Star Game in Los Angeles in two weeks. Odds are you weren’t planning on going either, but that could change thanks to a contest being put on by the Golden Knights website.

One fan is going to win a trip for two to LAX, a hotel stay at the OMNI, two private suite tickets to the All Star game and the skills competition, and probably be treated like a king like a Knight by the organization.

To enter, fans can go to www.nhl.com/goldenknights/fans/asg-contest and submit a photo and brief description demonstrating why they would be the best choice to represent the Vegas Golden Knights fan base in Los Angeles at All-Star Weekend.

SinBin.vegas is willing to offer any assistance you require in creating your picture. We literally have no lives, and if you come up with a good enough idea that involves Jason or I, we are in.

Here’s the deal though. Whether we help you in your photo or not, but especially if we do, when you win, you owe SinBin.vegas a Guest Post. We want pictures, we want videos, and most importantly we want some real behind the scenes footage (too soon?) of what it’s like to be treated to something awesome by the Golden Knights.

They are selecting “the best representative of our fan base” to win the contest and take the trip. If the best representative of our fan base is not a loyal SinBin.vegas reader, I’m going to be livid.

So come on people, let’s win this sh.. jazz. Oh, and if you are a complete loser, happen to win, and can’t find anyone to go with you, I know a guy.

Disclaimer: This is not a serious request. If someone from the team sees this and thinks that I, Ken Boehlke, am trying to assist people in winning the contest so I can go, I am not. It’s supposed to be a joke. I know, I get it, I’m not funny, but seriously, please don’t disqualify SinBin.vegas readers because I wanted to use two gifs of Simba from the Lion King in an article in a feeble attempt at humor. I’m not even available to go. I’ll be busy running a website that weekend. YES! Three Simba gifs! Seriously though, don’t DQ people cause I’m an idiot. Thank you.

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