As Usual, The NHL Is Golden

The NHL’s latest expansion team, the Las Vegas Golden Knights, honored the victims of the Las Vegas massacre and the first responders before the team’s home opener last night.

The Vegas Golden Knights used the pregame ceremony at their inaugural home opener Tuesday night to honor the 58 victims of the mass shooting that occurred at a Las Vegas music festival on Oct. 1. The team relayed video of the ceremony which featured first responders escorting players onto the ice

ESPN.com’s Charles Moynihan reported the victims’ names were “emblazoned on the ice” before the puck was dropped against the Arizona Coyotes, while his colleague Arash Markazi noted there was a 58-second moment of silence to honor those who lost their lives.

“Needless to say it’s not going to be a typical opener,” Golden Knights general manager George McPhee said before the game, according to the Las Vegas Sun’s Jesse Granger. “We’ll save that for Friday. (Tonight) is not about us, it’s about honoring and remembering the victims, and supporting the families and recognizing the first responders.”

Dear every other sport, this is how you open a game, respect America, and cultivate a loyal fan base.

Oh, and for the record, the Golden Knights beat the Arizona Coyotes last night, 5-2. They are the first NHL expansion team to start their inaugural season with a 3-0 record.