LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hockey fans arrived on the Las Vegas Strip in the crisp desert afternoon, gathering in jovial groups outside the rink. Many wore the striking, multicolored jersey - From AP News
Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury signs posters before an NHL hockey game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Arizona Coyotes, Tuesday, Oct.
Instead, the Golden Knights and the NHL kept the tragedy in the forefront while attempting to provide their own modicum of momentary relief to a healing city.
After the shooting, the team modified its plans and dedicated a quieter evening to the victims, the first responders and the survivors.
Instead, the all-white boards simply displayed the same message: "Vegas Strong." NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the game "shows what a major league, professional sports team can mean to a community in terms of bringing people together, uniting them, helping them heal from a tragedy and demonstrating the power of distraction when everybody comes together." And when the puck finally dropped, the Golden Knights provided the best distraction of all by playing spectacular hockey.
The team had a preseason game earlier in the day, and Fleury knew several teammates had gone out on the Strip that night, perhaps to the country music festival.