The Vegas Golden Knights honored the 58 victims of an Oct. 1 concert shooting before Saturday's game against the San Jose Sharks, hanging a banner in T-Mobile Arena to recognize those who lost their lives:
Saturday was the final home game of the regular season for the Knights, and the banner reading "Vegas Strong" featured one star for each of the victims of the shooting that occurred at the Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas.
According to NHL.com, the Golden Knights also announced the No. 58 would be retired as part of the recognition.
Gary Lawless of the Golden Knights' official website noted owner Bill Foley, general manager George McPhee and defenseman Deryk Engelland stood with the family of Neysa Tonks, a victim in the shooting, as the banner was raised.
"It just really shows the community how dedicated we are and how involved the team is in the community," Foley said. "The 58 stars are going to be there forever. You can see there were people crying in the stands, a few tears in my eyes as that banner got raised."
Vegas won 3-2, moving to 50-22-7 on the season.
The Golden Knights have clinched the Pacific Division and a spot in the playoffs despite being a first-year franchise. They blew past the record for wins in an inaugural season; the Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks had 33 wins in 1993-94.