HOCKEY HOME SWEET HOME…
For anyone who doesn’t follow hockey, sports, or the local word on the street- then you may not have heard the big news: Las Vegas recently got it’s first professional sports team! Scheduled to make their NHL debut during the 2017- 2018 NHL season, The Vegas Golden Knights are a member of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL) and will be playing home games at the new TMobile Arena. The bigger news isn’t where they’re playing, however; It’s where they’ll be practicing.
15 miles west of downtown Vegas sits Downtown Summerlin. This is where the Vegas Knights new $30-million, 146,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art practice facility is located and construction is already underway. Situated across from Downtown Summerlin on South Pavilion Center Drive near the Red Rock Casino, the facility will feature two NHL-sized ice rinks for both team and public use.
THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS FACILITY
The new practice facility is expected to open in August 2017 and will offer an array of amenities. Besides the 2 full-size hockey rinks, the venue will have a 20,000 square foot 2nd floor for office space. There will also be a 9,000 square foot restaurant and bar. It’s also being said that the Vegas Knights will have what’s being called ‘the largest gym of any NHL practice facility in the country.’
Of course, there will be a players lounge, couches, flat-screen TVs and video games, a team locker room and multiple public locker rooms, too. The player locker room will have showers, a sauna, a steam room and the team will have a full-time masseuse on hand as well.
The Golden Knights goal for the facility is to provide the team with a corporate base and establish itself as the region’s hub for adult and youth hockey. Team practices will be open to the public and soon, the facility itself will be open for practice.
HOCKEY IN FULL SWING
With head coach Gerard Gallant and general manager George McPhee at the helm, The Vegas Knights already have hockey in full swing. With the upcoming NHL draft following the results of the annual NHL Draft Lottery on April 29th in Toronto, the Vegas Golden Knights will select sixth overall in the first round. Initially, the unfavorable news of the team picking sixth came as a disappointment. History shows, however, that there could be far worse positions to pick and Gallant will be making educated choices. The expansion draft will be held from June 18 to 20, 2017. The results of the draft, along with the Golden Knights’ initial roster, will be revealed on June 21, 2017, during the NHL Awards at T-Mobile Arena.