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The Golden Knights Are Hosting Game 1 Of The Stanley Cup Final; “This Is Unbelievable”

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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.

You hear it on TV, and people talking, and then you think, woah we are in the Stanley Cup Final, it’s crazy. -Luca Sbisa

It is crazy. Every kid who steps on the ice, every coach that stands behind the bench, and even every fan who takes their seat at a game, this is why you do it. We’ve all had the flash-forward in our head as to what it would look like, feel like, and what we would see. Now it’s here, and we all have to do our absolute best to soak it in, all of it.

I’ve been in the league for 10 years, and I’ve never come close to this. It’s the same way for a lot of guys on this team. You never know when your next chance will be, so we are not taking it for granted, we are here to win it. At the same time you can’t get caught up into the situation because it is the biggest stage in hockey. You just have to enjoy it. -Sbisa

No one reading this is going to play in the games but what Sbisa said holds true for us as well. You never know when the next chance will be, so don’t take this one for granted. Read every article, listen to every podcast, watch every TV show, buy everything, don’t hold back because this may never happen again. Even if it does, it will never be the same story.

The Vegas Golden Knights are four wins away from being an expansion team that goes on to win the Stanley Cup. They went from practicing in front of no one but the SinBin guy, his wife, and some janitors who were cleaning the windows at City National Arena (yep, this really happened in September) to a crowd of nearly 2,000 on a Thursday afternoon. From being exposed by another team to being beloved by hundreds of thousands, many of which don’t even know how the offside rule works. From #CoxBlocked the day of the first game to being watched by 40% of the valley.

A team wins the Stanley Cup every year, and inevitably in the history of the Golden Knights franchise they will be here again, but it will never be like this one. It’s more than likely no team in any sport will ever be where the Golden Knights are right now. So do everything you can to enjoy it.

It’s not so much that we didn’t think we could get here but it’s just it’s awesome. -Schmidt

You think, I’m about to play in the Stanley Cup Final, and you just take a moment to think, this is unbelievable. -Sbisa

It’s insane. -Deryk Engelland

It’s real though, and it’ll never be like this again.

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6 Comments

  1. Brian

    Great read, as always Ken. Thank you for what you and SinBin keep bringing out to us fans. GO KNIGHTS GO

    #CUPIN1 !!!!

  2. Jonathan

    Yup, I couldn’t agree more thoroughly. I was in kind of a “funk” (recent breakup) when my Yankees last won the World Series in 2009, and as a result I don’t feel I really appreciated the situation as much, and here I am nearly a decade later and that is still the only championship that any of my teams in any of the four sports have won since 2000, so it IS really special, even if you follow many sports. You have to take it in and enjoy. I haven’t accomplished as much work as a result lately, but I think it’s worth it to fully appreciate such an amazing occurrence and have no regrets about not soaking it all up. There will be plenty of time for work after we win the Cup 😀

  3. Tiki Owl

    You are right about never knowing if it will happen again. I became a Blues fan when I was in college in St. Louis in the late 60’s. I was fortunate to see the Blues in the Finals in ‘69 and ‘70 including the Orr flying winning goal. I doubt anyone would have thought that the Blues would still be without even a close call to the Finals in the intervening years.

    It’s been a great year following the Knights and getting to see them during Thanksgiving in Vegas and again in Game 3 vs Winnipeg. We have our Knights hanging outside our house on Tiki Island in Texas and can’t wait for Game 1.

  4. Blake

    I took a leave of absence from work to spend a month in Vegas #CUPIN1 #VegasBorn #

  5. Thomas Simpson LV - Yoopers

    Goosebumps. I think I may have just had my “it hit me moment”.

  6. Bent Hermit

    Shippy is probably sitting in Russia saying “UNBELIEVABLE I how did I screw that up so badly”

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