Vegas Golden Knights Honor Shooting Victims, 1st Responders in Home Opener

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured Columnist

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 22:  The team name and logo for the Vegas Golden Knights are displayed on T-Mobile Arena's video mesh wall after being announced as the name for the Las Vegas NHL franchise at T-Mobile Arena on November 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The team will begin play in the 2017-18 season.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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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 at T-Mobile Arena, which featured first responders escorting players onto the ice:

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Hockey players are being led onto the ice by the real heroes. #VegasStrong https://t.co/TuB4uiOeAG

ESPN.com's Charles Moynihan reported the victims' names were "emblazoned on the ice" before the puck was dropped against the Arizona Coyotes, with NHL on NBC sharing an image of the puck drop:

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Tonight's ceremonial puck drop is conducted by survivors of the Las Vegas tragedy. #VegasStrong https://t.co/TLy3goBq6L

ESPN.com's Arash Markazi noted there was a 58-second moment of silence to honor those who lost their lives.

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There were 58 seconds of silence before tonight's Vegas Golden Knights game for the 58 victims of last week's mass shooting in Las Vegas. https://t.co/UF1LK2R4fk

Furthermore, Markazi noted the team opted not to show advertisements on the side boards and instead had those spaces filled by the words "Vegas Strong."

"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."

The Golden Knights went on to beat the Coyotes 5-2, with the team sharing video of the celebrations inside the T-Mobile Arena:

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How a healing city gets back on its feet! #VegasStrong https://t.co/VR8gBfAHmx

Vegas is now 3-0-0 to start its inaugural season.


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