Vegas is major hockey town according to Winnipeg
June 12, 2018 3:00 AM
by Robert Mann
The Winnipeg Sun newspaper, in a Sunday editorial, has certified Las Vegas as a major hockey town with a team, the Vegas Golden Knights, which has raised the bar of success for the entire NHL.
“What happens in Vegas can’t possibly stay there any longer,” according to the newspaper, noting even though they (the Vegas Golden Knights) lost the Cup there is simply “no topping what this team/franchise has accomplished in Year 1.”
The editorial heaps praise on the Golden Knight’s team leaders: “Fan favorite Marc-Andre Fleury, all smiles behind that cage as he robbed NHL snipers over and over again with ‘Wild Bill’ William Karlsson, Tomas Nosek, Reilly Smith, Jonathan Marchessault, Alex Tuch, Nate Schmidt and others making names for themselves on a nightly basis.”
Although the Sun called the team’s over-the-top opening ceremonies, “cheesier than the Kraft factory,” the newspaper views hockey fans as “lapping it up.”
The Golden Knights eliminated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 to punch a ticket to the Stanley Cup Finals where the Washington Capitals, after losing game one, swept the next four contests to win that team’s first NHL championship.