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First Look: Vegas Golden Knights “Reverse Retro” 4th Jersey

The Golden Knights made quite the splash this offseason with the release of their much anticipated third jersey. The third jersey became the first metallic gold jersey in professional sports history.

But, the jersey releases for next season aren’t done yet!

The NHL is introducing a new “Reverse Retro” jersey line that will be unveiled for all 31 teams sometime before the beginning of next season. A few have already leaked out and we’re now able to share the exact design of the Golden Knights version.

Through a source close to the design of the jersey we were able to get a long look at the design and have recreated it to show it off before it’s released for sale.

The jersey is mostly red with the Golden Knights’ secondary logo, the sword star, across the chest. The primary logo is on each shoulder. The jersey numbers, both on the back and the sleeves, are mainly white with a gold and black border. The nameplate is red with white letters. The design includes a “V” shaped pattern of grey, gold, and black at the bottom of the jersey. Those same colors are along the sleeves. The collar is mostly gold with a black border.

Without further ado, here it is…

The “retro” in reverse retro is a nod towards the Las Vegas Thunder. The Thunder had various versions of the “V” pattern at the bottom of their jerseys during their six seasons in the International Hockey League. (Examples – 1, 2, 3, 4)

Per Icethetics.com, the jerseys are expected to be worn in games.

My understanding of these Reverse Retro jerseys is that each team will have one and they will be worn only once or twice per season—and likely between certain rivals. In other words, these Flyers and Penguins jerseys were designed to contrast so they could be worn opposing each other in the same game. –Chris Smith, Icethetics.com

The jerseys are expected to be available in both Adidas and Fanatics versions like all other VGK game jerseys.

These jerseys are also similar to ones worn by the 2000-06 Calgary Flames. (Examples – 1, 2, 3, 4)

Though we still have no idea how many games the Golden Knights are expected to play in the 2020-21 season, we now know for sure how many jerseys they’ll wear during the year and that number is four.

**Stick tap to our guy Drew Goldfarb for working with us to re-create the design.”

@SinBinVegas Twitter Q&A – October 15th, 2020

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Golden Knights EA NHL 21 Rankings Released

Every year the release of the popular video game by EA gives us a peek into how the rest of the hockey world views the Golden Knights roster. Like sportsbook odds, they aren’t always the perfect way to show where the Golden Knights stand, but that doesn’t make either any less interesting.

The Golden Knights overall rankings are 88 on offense, 88 on defense, and 90 in goal.

Here are all the full player rankings.

Mark Stone – 88
Marc-Andre Fleury – 87
Robin Lehner – 87
Max Pacioretty – 86
Jonathan Marchessault – 86
William Karlsson – 85
Reilly Smith – 84
Shea Theodore – 84
Alec Martinez – 83
Alex Tuch – 83
Nate Schmidt – 83
Brayden McNabb – 82
Deryk Engelland – 79
Chandler Stephenson – 79
William Carrier – 79
Nick Holden – 79
Cody Glass – 79
Ryan Reaves – 79
Tomas Nosek – 78
Nic Hague – 78
Oscar Dansk – 78
Nic Roy – 77
Jimmy Schuldt – 76
Lucas Elvenes – 74
Dylan Coghlan – 74
Dylan Sikura – 74
Jake Bischoff – 74
Zach Whitecloud – 72
Gage Quinney – 72
Keegan Kolesar – 70
Jake Leschyshyn – 69
Reid Duke – 69

The game does not yet include the Golden Knights gold jersey but it does show a new center design that is well… interesting.

Also, NHL 21 includes the Henderson Silver Knights. Their jerseys are exactly the same as the Golden Knights but look pretty cool nonetheless.

The game is set for full release on October 16th.

*Stick tap to our guy Drew Goldfarb for the pictures.

Vegas Golden Knights Unveil Alternate 3rd Jersey

The wait is finally over for the 3rd jersey. After months of hints, the Golden Knights dropped their newest jersey to be worn this season.

The jersey is officially designated as the Golden Knights’ 3rd jersey with the grey remaining as their primary home jersey.

The vision started in 2017, our first season. Bill (Foley) had the idea that as the Golden Knights we needed a gold jersey to compliment our grey and our white jerseys. The whole process took a little over two years from start to finish. -Brian Killingsworth, VGK Chief Marketing Officer

It’s the first metallic gold jersey in sports. -Killingsworth

The signature element of this particular jersey is the newly developed metallic gold body fabric. Under the lights it will dazzle fans as it shimmers, sparkles, and marks a key innovation from Adidas that meshes perfectly with the Golden Knights brand. -Dan Near, Senior Director, Adidas Hockey

VGK Fans Stepping In To Continue Golden Knights’ Charitable Deed In Edmonton

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The Golden Knights spent 52 days in the NHL Bubble in Edmonton. Whether it was for a game, a morning skate, practice, or for any other reason, players, coaches, management, and staff made the walk from the J.W. Marriott where they were staying to the connected Rogers Place arena and practice rink next door pretty much every single day. Back and forth over 52 days, sometimes multiple times a day, means that walk became a huge part of the lives of every single person making it.

https://twitter.com/GoldenKnights/status/1299844761340137472

The entire walk is indoors, sheltered from the outside world, allowing the players to stay inside of the bubble to keep them safe and allow the NHL Playoffs to go off without a hitch despite the global pandemic. A part of that walk includes an indoor bridge running alongside 102nd Street and 105th Avenue in Downtown Edmonton.

When you went from the practice rink to the main rink there was a food shelter there and you saw a lot of people were always in line, especially when the weather was nicer. -Paul Stastny

That food shelter is the Boyle Street Community Center. It’s the local soup kitchen where they’ve worked to feed the homeless and fight poverty in Edmonton since 1971.

The Golden Knights, spearheaded by an unnamed player and trainer, wanted to help.

When you are in a bubble and when you can’t get out of there you have to find different ways to give back. -Stastny

So, the Golden Knights phoned a local pizza joint and asked them to deliver pizzas to the people standing in line waiting for a meal.

Sometimes it’s nice to switch it up so you don’t have to eat the same soups or the same simple foods all the time. -Stastny

Then, they did it again, and again, and again. Every Monday for the entirety of the Golden Knights stay they sent pizzas.

You just realize how lucky you are and sometimes it feels like the littlest thing but for that person for that one day a week I think it just changes mentalities of people there that are struggling. When you around good people you see stuff like that you see people giving back.  It just shows the quality of guys on this team that have been around for a while and realize how much the game has given us. -Stastny

But now, the Golden Knights have gone home and the pizza delivery service to those in need has dried up. Or has it?

Golden Knights fan on Reddit has launched a campaign to continue the delivery and to this point, they’ve already raised enough money to keep donating pizzas for the next six weeks!

Overwhelmed with gratitude for what has happened here. For someone from outside our city, our province, our country to want to help our community and support the people that we serve, people who are experiencing homelessness is just such a profound gesture -Elliot Tanti of Boyle Street Community Services to CTVNews in Edmonton

The donation link remains open until Sunday at 6:00 PM and can be found here.

The Golden Knights did not leave Edmonton with what they went there for, but they did leave something behind, a legacy of kindness and giving, and a delicious one at that.

Stars Fans Watch Western Conference Finals In Unique Fashion

Tonight will mark the second time Dallas Stars fans will be able to sit in an arena seat and cheer on their favorite hockey club since March 10th. What began Tuesday for Game 2 has now turned into a unique event for the rest of the Western Conference Finals. Something, I’m sure would be a huge hit with Vegas fans… if the government would allow it.

American Airlines Center has opened its doors for a reduced capacity watch party for 3500-4000 Stars fans. It’s free to the public but fans have to be lucky enough to reserve one of the socially spaced-out tickets.

https://twitter.com/dallasstars/status/1303770151397982209

Regulations are looser in Texas compared to different COVID-19 restrictions that are in place in Nevada. However, in Dallas, the reported new cases were triple to what Las Vegas has seen in recent days. I’m not suggesting that local and state governments are overprotecting Nevadans, but a socially-distanced playoff watch party at T-Mobile Arena would be an enormous event. And not just for the 3500+ in attendance.

Stars fans will line up outside the arena tonight six-feet apart and wearing masks, rushing in to find their limited seat. They’ll go through security, be able to grab a snack and a soda at the concession stand and watch the Western Conference Finals from an NHL arena seat. Pretty cool right?

There are numerous detractors urging fans to voice their concerns with the Stars. So far, the complaints haven’t been loud enough for the team to cancel their coveted arena watch parties.

Is it possible Dallas is starting a trend Vegas could follow for the next and final round? If the Golden Knights keep their eyes on how safe and secure the Stars make their watch parties, I’m sure there will be future conversations. Of course, Vegas has to get there first.

The biggest problem, there’s only enough socially-distanced space at T-Mobile Arena for 3600 lucky fans. Let’s worry about that after the Golden Knights take care of business.

@SinBinVegas Twitter Q&A – June 21st, 2020

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Casinos Are Back, Now Do Sports

At 11:59 PM last night I was standing in a line of about 100 people outside Red Rock Casino. It was out of sheer curiosity, wondering what casinos would look like under the new normal in the post-pandemic world.

Like everyone, I’ve seen the pictures and videos of giant glass shields covering the tables and I’ve heard the horror stories of potential hygiene-related rules that will be put in place. I was ready for the worst.

I’ve been to grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, restaurants, retail shops, and pretty much every other place I’d normally visit in my daily life and the changes are noticeable. So I expected the casino, a place that’s essentially built on people touching common objects, to be completely unnoticeable to what I remembered before they were forced to shut down 79 days ago.

Midnight hit and the line started moving towards the door. In eight minutes, I found myself standing about 10 feet away from a machine that took my temperature. Two seconds later, I was cleared to enter, as was every other person in the line, and free to walk about the casino.

Every machine was on; chairs at every other one. Same at the bar, which was already full of people ordering drinks and tapping the machines in front of them. Table games were open, with fewer chairs, but running the same way they always were with people touching cards, chips, and dice. Despite a lack of live programming on the TV’s, even the sportsbook was open and seemingly operating as usual.

It was shockingly normal.

Which got me thinking about hockey.

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@SinBinVegas Twitter Q&A – May 18th, 2020

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Made For TV Hockey Might Open Door For Ads On Jerseys

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Without paying fans in the seats, the NHL is going to have to start looking elsewhere for revenue streams whenever they begin playing games again.

It’s looking more and more likely with the re-opening of sports leagues in Asia and soon in Europe that sports can return this year in the U.S. and Canada, however, fans are probably going to be locked out for a while.

The NHL has a small history of putting ads on jerseys including a few teams doing it on their practice jerseys and most notably the World Cup of Hockey jerseys in 2016.

The Golden Knights have seen their share of patches on jerseys. In the first season, there was an inaugural season patch on the chest and an NHL 100 Years patch on the arm sleeve. Then, when they made the Stanley Cup Final, they had to find room for yet another patch. To avoid over patching, they removed the inaugural season one to add the Cup Final one.

In years two and three, the Golden Knights have been patchless aside from the A’s worn by alternate captains.

Without the patches, the Golden Knights jersey was ranked the 2nd best in the entire league in this year’s player’s poll behind only the Original Six Chicago Blackhawks.

Jersey ads have become commonplace in many sports leagues and like stadium naming rights can sometimes become synonymous with the team’s jersey.

The NHL has pushed for it unsuccessfully before, but there’s almost no way to deny it this time. Attendance is the number one revenue stream for the NHL (and it’s not close). With that out of the picture, jersey ads are an easy place to turn to and likely one the NHL won’t hesitate to capitalize on.

The bigger question becomes when they inevitably do it, will they last when the pandemic scare is completely over?

Hopefully not, I like the jerseys just the way they are. And we’re all already nervous enough about the over the top gold 3rd jersey on the way. Imagine if that thing has ads plastered all over it too.

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