A Vegas Golden Knights Appreciation Post

It has been over two months since the sports world went on lockdown and we are missing Vegas Golden Knights hockey terribly.

As is the case with the rest of the world, the National Hockey League and the Vegas Golden Knights continue to remain on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the NHL continues to explore every possible option in order for hockey to return this year, it still remains to be seen whether or not we will witness a Stanley Cup Champion crowned in 2019-20.

That would be a crying shame, especially for the Golden Knights who are right in the middle of their win-now window.

With a future Hall of Famer goalie in Marc-Andre Fleury, a solid defense that gets the job done by committee and a loaded top-six forward unit, the Knights have all the weapons in their arsenal to compete for multiple championships over the course of the next few years.

Right now we should be watching Vegas navigate the gruelling early stages of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where they would have hoped to have avenged last year’s painful and bitterly disappointing First-Round exit to the San Jose Sharks.

Instead, we have to make do with old games and playing NHL 20, but neither can replace the thrill of live games.

So, as a result, we decided to try to fill the void left by no hockey by coming up with a Vegas Golden Knights appreciation post.

While the days seem long and the nights seem longer without the Golden Knights right now, they will be back eventually and we will relish the day we can pack into T-Mobile Arena again to cheer on our heroes.

We will appreciate even more the little things, like the spine-tingling way the Golden Knights faithful scream “KNIGHT” at the top of their lungs during the National Anthem.

We will appreciate, if possible, the jaw-dropping heroics of Marc-Andre Fleury even more, and we won’t take for granted just how much the future Hall of Famer means to this franchise.

We might learn to appreciate just how intelligent a player superstar forward Mark Stone really is, arguably one of the smartest players in the NHL right now.

The same applies to how skilful William Karlsson is when he has the puck on his stick, or how Max Pacioretty can read the open ice and make a high-end play without breaking a sweat.

This time away from the thing we love the most might also make us more thankful for the fairytale story that is the Golden Knights.

After all, this wasn’t meant to happen. The Knights weren’t meant to enjoy this level of unprecedented success this early in their NHL life.

In-fact, many experts were already sharpening the knife ahead of what they projected to be a failed and maybe even short-lived experiment in Sin City.

Jonathan Marchessault of the Vegas Golden Knights reacts after scoring a power-play goal in overtime to defeat the St. Louis Blues 6-5 during their game at T-Mobile Arena on February 13, 2020. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Hockey was never going to work in the desert, after all.

However, the Golden Knights have defied all expectations and thanks to the sterling work carried out by George McPhee, Kelly McCrimmon and company, this franchise has re-written the blueprint for all expansion teams.

They have become as successful off the ice as they are on it, again coming up with a new script in regards to how to market an NHL franchise.

Vegas has taken the Golden Knights to their hearts and it has been proven once and for all that Vegas really is a hockey hotbed.

Whether it’s Game 1 or Game 52, the atmosphere inside T-Mobile Arena is always electric and it reaches another level during the postseason.

Just imagine what it will be like if the Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup!

And there is no doubt that we will get to witness that one day, and there is also no doubt that hockey and the Vegas Golden Knights will be back in the not too distant future.

Next: Stone and the Golden Knights will be ready to go

In the meantime, let’s try to appreciate all the things that have made us fall in love with the Vegas Golden Knights.

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