We’ve covered goal-scoring, playmaking and goaltending so let’s focus on off the ice. During their eight-week run, the Golden Knights had many memorable quotes throughout the postseason. In fact, there are enough comments from Golden Knights players to fill out a Top 26 list. However, let’s focus on VGK’s six most entertaining quotes of the 2023 Stanley Cup playoffs.
6. Pietrangelo Shrugs Off Slashing Suspension in the Second Round
It is what it is, I’m not going to sit here and dwell on it. The league took care of it, so we’ll move on… There have been a lot of shots both ways, I’ll just say that. It’s pretty obvious what’s going on, there’s some premeditated stuff coming at me but (the Department of Player Safety) didn’t really seem to care in the meeting. I’ll get up and take it. I’m not going to lay on the ice like we’ve been seeing. I’ll get up and play the game the way it needs to be played. At the end of the day, we’ve got a job to do, they’ve got a job to do. – Alex Pietrangelo
When lead defenseman Alex Pietrangelo was suspended for his slash on Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl in the second round no one was surprised. It was a heat-of-the-moment situation and unlike anything Vegas fans had ever seen before from #7. However, Pietrangelo stated his case to the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, and they required the d-man to sit for one game, much to the chagrin of the Oilers and their fans. When asked, Pietrangelo didn’t hold back.
5. Cassidy Reacts to Matthew Tkachuk’s Nasty Hit on Eichel
It’s okay to get hit in June. This is part of the journey; it hurts to win. Not only does it give us juice but sometimes it can take away juice from the other team if they see a guy come back. It was good for the group.- Bruce Cassidy
"He finishes what I saw was a clean check on me. It's a physical game. You're gonna get hit sometimes."
Jack Eichel on the Matthew Tkachuk hit in the 2nd period. pic.twitter.com/2E69Pjcv7C
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 6, 2023
Vegas’ head coach happily spoke about Matthew Tkachuk’s blow to star center Jack Eichel. Eichel left the ice after the collision but thankfully returned not soon after. Cassidy had no issues with the hit and took the time to remind his players and the fans that hockey is a hard sport to play, especially in the Stanley Cup Finals.
4. Stone’s Bleeping Salute to the Championship Parade Fans
Wow. I knew this was a party city, but does it get any effing better than this, eh? – Mark Stone
— SinBin.vegas (@SinBinVegas) June 18, 2023
Look, I’m a sucker for cuss words. For some reason, attach an f-word and I’ll find it much more entertaining. Mark Stone apparently feels the same way. While it was short and concise, fans across Las Vegas will never forget his six-second quote on stage at VGK’s championship parade. Also, the captain added in a Canadian twist by dropping an ‘eh?’ at the end. Nice addition from Stone. (Poor from Ken to spell it like Machine Gun Kelly’s hit song “Ay.”)
3. Commissioner Bettman Presents the Stanley Cup to the Championship Golden Knights
Bill Foley had the vision, the creativity and the audacity to bring the first major league team to Las Vegas. And then he said ‘we’re going to win the Stanley Cup in six years. Not only is Vegas a hockey town, it’s a Championship town. – Gary Bettman, NHL commissioner
Any time Gary Bettman grabs the mic, mostly a chorus of boos follow him around. Unless he’s handing the Stanley Cup trophy off to Golden Knights captain Mark Stone in front of his home fans. Not only did the commissioner praise the players, The Creator and the front office, he also gave full marks to the city of Las Vegas. Certainly, many other cities will argue that Vegas is not a true hockey town. That’s fine, as long as they recognize it as a Championship town.
2. Cassidy Reminds Pietrangelo About 2019 Stanley Cup Finals
Petro effed me the first time but not this time.- Bruce Cassidy
Honestly, we could have done a Top 6 of just playoff comments from Bruce Cassidy. The first-year Golden Knights coach was in control the entire postseason and his press availabilities were an example of that. Cassidy was never flustered answering tough questions nor did he snap at reporters after a tough loss. The Cup-winning coach spoke about patience, sticking with the plan, and embracing the moment. He sure did on the ice after Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Reminding Pietrangelo about the 2019 Stanley Cup outcome was short but incredibly entertaining.
1. William Karlsson’s Unforgettable Championship Parade Public Address
Why even comment, William can speak for himself.
Wild. FUCKING. Bill.
A speech for the ages. pic.twitter.com/t67Yvtn0Td
— SinBin.vegas (@SinBinVegas) June 18, 2023
Next up: VGK’s Top 6 Stanley Cup Playoff Moments