There is nothing we here at SinBin.vegas want to see more than the Golden Knights lifting the Stanley Cup and the ensuing parade down Las Vegas Boulevard. It’s literally been on the top of the mind every single day since June 22nd, 2016. However, a recent quote from Nate Schmidt to NHL.com has my mind in a pickle, and I’m writing this because I feel like many reading it will be in the same spot. First, here’s the quote, then let’s lie down on our imaginary psycho couch and talk this out.
I don’t really want to talk about (the playoffs) for the sole fact that we’re having so much fun in this room with our guys every day. If you start talking about it, you’re hitting the fast-forward button on the year, and I don’t really want to do that because of how cool our room has been. You don’t get these times back. It goes too fast. -Nate Schmidt
Literally the only goal of all NHL players (and fans) is to win the Stanley Cup, yet here we are, a player on the team with arguably the best chance to do it this season, and he wants to stay in the moment because he’s “having so much fun” right now.
It’s kind of profound in a way, mainly because he’s completely correct. If we start looking forward to what T-Mobile Arena is going to look like in April, May, or even June, if we start talking about the parade, if we even consider thinking about any games beyond the one tonight in Florida, are we doing a disservice to ourselves?
Think about every team you’ve ever been a part of, or even cheered for as a fan. Now narrow it down to the best years of the best ones. The memories go much further than the last game, especially if that last game isn’t a win, which is no guarantee with the Golden Knights.
Now I’m not going to lie here on this couch and proclaim that you need to take it “one game at a time” like Gallant does every time I ask him about just about anything, but I am going to say, I think we need to heed Nate’s advice and stay in the moment a bit more.
I’m public offender number one, and we all know it. No matter what the conversation is about, it eventually deviates to playoffs, Cup, parade, and anything else down the road. What I should be focused on is how unbelievable this already has been. I choose to create a website to cover a team that may have never existed, and here we are just 877 days later, and the site follows a team that’s one win away from having the best record in all of hockey.
Think about your path to following the Golden Knights. Maybe it started with a season ticket deposit, or maybe it started last night when you watched your new favorite team destroy the best team in the league, or probably it was somewhere in between, but for every single one of us, the journey hasn’t been that long. At the absolute most, someone can reasonably say they’ve been a fan of the Vegas NHL team for 3 years. Yet already, for just about every single one of us, this has been the most enjoyable, most unbelievable, and most unforgettable season of any team we’ve ever followed in our lives.
And it’s barely halfway done.
So why are we trying to “hit the fast-forward button?”
The 2017-18 Golden Knights are an experience unlike anything anyone will ever encounter again. They will never be an expansion team again. This season can never be replicated. They may be good for the next decade, but never will the storyline be what it is this year. Whether they make the playoffs (they will), they win the division (probably will), claim the President’s Trophy (certainly possible), win a playoff series (hopefully), make it to, or even win the Stanley Cup (#CupIn1), this year will go down as a unique experience for every single fan.
So what I guess I’m saying is, celebrate every new high, cherish every single game, and don’t forget how insane this all is. The Golden Knights may never be as good as they are right now, so don’t let it pass by without living every single moment of it. Don’t take “one game at a time” because Turk says to, do it because it’s the only true way to maximize your enjoyment of this one-of-a-kind experience.
Ok, now let’s talk playoffs. What do we think about Colorado in the first round?