Hi. Before we start with the start of the 2022-23 season, I wanted to do a quick aside and thank all readers for your support over the past year or so.
A lot has changed in a year. Last year around this time, I was an intern at Pittsburgh Hockey Now and a senior in college. Now I’m a full-time reporter covering an NHL team over 2,000 miles from home.
Once again, I want to thank not only you, the readers, but also the staff at National Hockey Now, the staff at the Vegas Golden Knight and, of course, my family back home.
As we wait for the Golden Knights to announce their final cuts, I wanted to share some of the things I’m most looking forward to in the upcoming season. There is no particular order.
Penguins vs. Golden Knights
Since I grew up in western Pennsylvania, I was raised as a Pittsburgh Penguins fan. So I’m understandably excited to cover the Golden Knights when they face my boyhood team at home on January 5 and in Pittsburgh on December 1. The VGK are 3-5-0 against the Pens.
Milestones of Phil Kessel
Again, I was in high school when the Penguins and current Golden Knight Phil Kessel won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. So having the opportunity to cover what could potentially be a record-breaking season for Phil is A blessing.
Kessel is just nine games away from becoming the all-time Ironman in NHL history for consecutive games played. He can also reach 400 career goals and 1,000 career points this season.
I will try to make some trips this season to cover the Golden Knights on the road. I’ve had the pleasure of working in four of the NHL’s 32 arenas, and I want to hit all 32 before I retire!
I’ll be driving to cover games in Anaheim, Los Angeles and Arizona potentially, and I might also fly to New York for games against the Rangers and Islanders.
I’m not one to go crazy for jerseys, but I’m excited to see the new designs for the expected NHL 2022-23 reverse jerseys. The Golden Knights had their designs leaked in September. No team has yet officially unveiled their jerseys,
Presentation of the game
On the same aesthetic note, I’m beyond excited to see what the Vegas Golden Knights presentation team has in store for 2022-23. Again, I’ve only been to four NHL arenas, but I can safely say that T-Mobile Arena and the Golden Knights have the best in-game presentations in the league.
John Wick mode always gives me chills, and Vegas Lights is the perfect goal song.
I think I can speak for all of Las Vegas when I say we’re excited to see what Jack Eichel can do in a full 82-game season with the Golden Knights. He will be a treat to watch night and night, and I expect to see some jaw-dropping goals from the press box.
The Trade Deadline
Who doesn’t love the trade deadline? Well…probably players who could move towns. But I’m excited to cover my first NHL trade deadline in person.
Parity is one of my favorite things in hockey. The Vegas Golden Knights made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2018. No one saw it coming. I’m excited to cover the unexpected stories that will affect the 2022-23 NHL season. It’s just a matter of when they will arise.
Another thing that isn’t exactly accurate, I’m excited to share stories from the Golden Knights locker room with fans and other hockey readers.
I tried my first feature with a story about Jake Bischoff’s recovery the other day. Read it if you haven’t already and stay tuned for more!
The Stanley Cup playoffs
The best time of year is in the spring, with my birthday and the start of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Will the Golden Knights return to the top 16? We will have to wait and see.
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