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Golden Knights Championship Season Extends Past July

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Normally, Independence Day is consumed with fireworks, patriotic colors and baseball. In Southern Nevada, July 4th cookouts were painted gold and were still buzzing about Vegas’ first hockey championship. It’s been less than a month since the Golden Knights were crowned Stanley Cup champions and the fanbase continues to party like a stage full of Misfits.

NHL players have skipped most towns, 32 Thoughts signed off for the season and hockey reporters everywhere have transitioned into covering other sports. But not in Las Vegas. Nic Hague and Zach Whitecloud participated in Summerlin’s Independence Day parade. At Las Vegas Ballpark, Golden Knights championship tee shirts outnumbered Aviators gear by 2-to-1. Oh yeah, and VGK’s Development Camp is updated daily right here. There’s no way of getting around it. This city is hockey crazy and it’s not fading anytime soon.

Last year, the Golden Knights season ended ten weeks prior to July 4th. Not only was it a long, disappointing season, Vegas fans waited nearly six months in between games. After a successful Cup run, it’s been an action-packed few weeks. First came the parade, days later was the NHL Award Shaw and Draft, and free agency is currently underway. One event has rolled right into another keeping the Golden Knights in headlines across sports.

As of today, the Golden Knights are 97 days away from their 2023-24 season opener. In years past, Vegas fans could easily find enough distractions until opening night. After securing their first Stanley Cup, fans are ready now for the Golden Knights to defend their championship. Remember, greedy sports fans are good sports fans.

Back-To-Back NHL Champions

  • Montreal Canadiens: 1930-1931, 1956-1960, 1965-1966, 1968-1969, 1976-1979
  • Detroit Red Wings: 1936-1937, 1954-1955, 1997-1998
  • Toronto Maple Leafs: 1947-1949, 1962-1964
  • Philadelphia Flyers: 1974-1975
  • New York Islanders: 1980-1983
  • Edmonton Oilers: 1984-1985, 1987-1988
  • Pittsburgh Penguins: 1991-1992, 2016-2017
  • Tampa Bay Lightning: 2020-2021

Of course baseball is the official sport of the Fourth of July. It’s purely American and it’s the only active preeminent league during the summer. Without a Major League team, June and July are the Golden Knights extended season in Las Vegas. Leave August and September to the Raiders but October and on belong to the World Champs.

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11 Comments

  1. Jailbird

    We are the champions, we are the champions … da … da … of the world! Yea baby !

  2. The hockey God

    fuck the queers song, i mean queen, stupid song by stupid band with stupid name.

    VGK are the only real sports team in this town. Anyone with a fucking brain knows that.

    • Tim

      You never disappoint once again with your foot in your mouth if you don’t think Queen was and still is a great band.

      • Sorvino

        THG, I with Tim on this one.

      • VGK fan

        What’s wrong with that guy Queen is ranked anywhere from #1 to #8 as one of the greatest rock bands ever. So many great songs “don’t stop me now” is my favorite.

  3. TS

    Sidenote: I noticed Whitecloud signed Autographs at a business recently, and it cost fans a pretty penny to get one. I’m a bit disappointed that this event was a money- maker for Zach, instead of a fan appreciation event. I see this money- grab in other sports, with other athletes who apparently don’t think their multi- million dollar salaries are enough, and feel they have to fleece fans out of MORE $$$$$….don’t fans already pay up the A…. for tickets, over- priced merchandise and the like??
    As a past Nascar fan, the drivers would greet fans, take pix with them, autographs were FREE, as a THANK YOU to the fans there….NO $80 signatures THERE!!

  4. Sorvino

    Hockey careers are short and I guess players want to capitalize as much as they can because it could all end at any time with injury. The agents put alot of pressure on the players as well. If it was $80.00 then that seems a bit steep but not ridiculous in my opinion.

  5. TS

    Sorvino, Zach’s autographs were 40-80 bucks. If a player signs 50 autographs, he might make 2500- 4000 bucks. Does he REALLY need that money??? He probably makes 3 mill a year playing, so WHY would a well- paid player feel the need to ask ridiculous $$$ for this? IDK, I see other athletes in other sports fleecing fans for hundreds, I just think it’s an INSULT to fans. Players already sign pucks, sticks, jerseys, etc for ridiculous $$$$ ( like $80 for a signed $ 2.00 Puck!), so these fan gatherings should be a thank- you for supporting the team. An hour of their summer vacation to reward fans for a season of support seems a decent trade, WITHOUT the MONEY GRAB.

    • Sorvino

      I see your point

      • TS

        Sorvino , you are always diplomatic!! Thanks for understanding my viewpoint. I like Zach, and he’s not the only player making $$$$ off the fans, I just don’t agree with the whole autograph money mill……it seems like a grift…

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