Fans witness history at first full Golden Knights practice – NHL.com

LAS VEGAS — To forward Keegan Kolesar and defenseman Jake Bischoff, it was another practice. They had reported to training camp with the Vegas Golden Knights’ rookies a week ago and were joining the veterans now. They weren’t trying to be first. If anything, they were worried about being last.

“We honestly thought maybe, like, the pros were already going to be out there ripping around,” Kolesar said. “We thought maybe we were a little bit late going to the ice. So we wanted to just get out there, stretch around, get the hands going, get the feet going.”

But the veterans were still in their dressing room when Kolesar and Bischoff emerged from the rookies’ room a little before 9:30 a.m. PT on Friday. The stands at City National Arena were full of season-ticket holders waiting for the first glimpse of the first full-squad practice of the first training camp of the first professional sports team in Las Vegas.

Kolesar hopped over the boards, and as soon as his feet hit the empty ice, the fans cheered, clapped and whistled. Bischoff followed. They grabbed pucks and put them into an open net at about the same time, and the fans cheered, clapped and whistled for that too.

“We were having a good laugh at that,” Kolesar said. “The fans were eating it up. It was pretty funny to see.”

“Yeah, I was dying,” Bischoff said. “It was funny. I shot, like, a lazy wrist shot into the net, and they started cheering.”

You have to understand what this means to somebody like Kevin Yarnell, who sat in the front row with his wife, Christi, wearing a Golden Knights golf shirt. When Kolesar and Bischoff put those pucks into that open net, he said, “Good start.”

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