One year ago, the Vegas Golden Knights didn’t have anyone on their roster. There wasn’t a coach. There was just one owner, Bill Foley, who was just looking to stay competitive through the season. Even NHL fans didn’t even want a team in Las Vegas. A 500-1 shot to win the Stanley Cup and a full season later the Golden Knights are four wins away from a Stanley Cup.
Vegas put together a rag tag group of players led by former Florida Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant. The team selected William Karlsson and Jon Marchessault to go along with proven winner Marc-Andre Fleury and you have a team that surprised everyone.
The Golden Knights are the greatest story in sports right now. No expansion team has ever won a championship in their first year. The St. Louis Blues made it to the cup in 1968 in their first season, but lost to the Montreal Canadiens. Vegas has a chance to really pull off the biggest upset.
A winning team in Las Vegas means a lot more to the entire sports spectrum than just the NHL. A Stanley Cup would put Las Vegas on the map and large presence of fans could bring in more of North America’s top professional sports. The Golden Knights have a chance to really do something special and solidify Sin City as more than just a place of debauchery — but as a real sports city.