Leafs impressed by scene as Las Vegas begins NHL play
Tuesday was a watershed evening for pro hockey in the Southwestern U.S., with the home debut of the Vegas Golden Knights. Arizonaraised Auston Matthews watched the Knights play his childhood team, the Coyotes.
“The building looked like it was absolutely rocking,” Matthews said of highlights from the T-Mobile Arena. “I’d definitely love to see that.”
It was also a night for that region to continue the process of emotional healing after America’s worst mass shooting, a lone gunman killing 58 and leaving nearly 500 wounded on The Strip. As the Knights were introduced, they were paired with a first responder or law enforcement official and both teams lined up behind the guests for the anthem.
“It looked awesome,” Matthews said. “With the tragic incident, you see all the support from the teams they’ve played so far and the city and the building. It doesn’t matter where that kind of stuff happens, you hear about it and it’s pretty sad and very unfortunate. I think the players have been very strong about it and have done some very great things for the city.” Twitter: @ sungarrioch