Greetings sports fans and welcome to a special Thirsty Thursday edition of Vegas Valley Sports Beat where I am celebrating my second birthday this year and being one year free of kidney cancer.

On October 4th of last year, I had my 12 centimeter sized left kidney removed along with a 10-centimeter sized tumor and all of the nasty little cancer cells that hung out with it. I am still a long way from being 100% again but I keep plugging away at it and working hard to build my strength back up. I’d love to say I am eating right, exercising, getting plenty of sleep, and that I even quit smoking but I cannot tell a lie, (It’s in my contract) That’s not going to happen.

Let us then turn our attention now to the world of sports and the season home opener for the Las Vegas Golden Knights as they welcome the Philadelphia Flyers to The Ice Castle at the T-Mobile Arena.

I have always liked the Flyers but I have lived and worked all over the United States but, like many other fans of the Golden Knights, I have never lived in a hockey town before now. I have to admit that I love it and I love the Golden Knights as well.

The players might be a bunch of horses rear-ends that couldn’t field a full set of teeth between themselves much less a fair complement of brain cells, nor do they live here even though they front like they do for the news cameras but… I regress.

The fact is that it all has nothing to do with any individual, but of the team taken as a whole. 20 years from now when the Golden Knight’s bench is full, seasoned veterans,  bright young stars, and up and coming rookies alike, people are not going to remember many of the players who sit on it now at all. It’s all but a certainty that none of them will be there when the 2038-39 season gets underway.

Everyone has their favorite player and many people sport their jersey’s but in 20 years those jersey’s will be on the bargain racks at the local Goodwill store selling for $3.95. Meanwhile, the jersey’s of those fresh young players and veteran’s alike will still be selling like chocolate chip hot-cakes. As will all the other Golden Knight’s gear, some of which is pretty cool swag.

Another thing that will certainly be the same in the year 2038 is the fever and the fire that Las Vegas has for its hockey team which clearly stems from the pride Las Vegans have for our fair city.

Even though last season ended in defeat to the Washington Capitals, it was a miraculous season nonetheless. For an expansion team to take the NHL by storm and come that close to hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup in Las Vegas in their inaugural season is nothing short of wondrous. It set the heart of every hockey fan in Las Vegas on fire for the Golden Knights and that is always a good thing.

Coming as they did on the heels of the Route 91 massacre last year the Golden Knights also provided the people of Las Vegas with a unique way of coming together over something bigger than themselves and their worries of the day. Cheering for the Golden Knights is the same thing as cheering for Las Vegas and for all of the great folks who make it such an amazing place to live, work, and play.

You can argue and speculate on the causes of the cause all day long but the effects are undeniable. The Las Vegas Golden Knights have been the shot in the arm that this town needed, and they came to us at just the right time too. Welcome back, Knights.

The Las Vegas Golden Knight’s have announced their first outside viewing party of the 2018-19 season. It is slated for this coming Saturday at when they take on the Minnesota Wild in Minnesota at 5 p.m. Pacific.

Thursday night the  Golden Knights drop the puck on their 2018-19 season as they host the Philadelphia Flyers at T-Mobile Arena. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will feature a pregame ceremony welcoming the new season. Golden Knight’s fans can catch the game on NBCSN or you can listen to it live on FOX Sports Radio 98.9/1340 or ESPN Deportes 1460. Fans can also tune into AT&T Sportsnet at 5:30 for the premiere of “Knight Life,” the pregame coverage will begin at 6 p.m. Pacific.


A morning skate session by the Golden Knights will be held at City National Arena at 10:30 a.m. Admission to the event is free and it is open to the general public. Players, coaches, and broadcasters will walk the Gold Carpet on Toshiba Plaza starting at 3:30 p.m., and then Knight Time begins at 6:30 p.m. when the Golden Knight’s take to the ice for pre-game warmups.

Prior to the puck dropping in on the opening of the season, the Pacific Division Champions and Western Conference Champions banners are slated to be unveiled to attendees in the T-Mobile Arena rafters. The pregame ceremonies will also introduce the team and will feature a ceremonial puck drop.

For those of you who live in other locales, or who live in Las Vegas but need to be mobile while the games are on, there is a mobile app made just for you. You can stream the Las Vegas Golden Knights to your mobile devices and never miss a moment of the excitement and action as our Knights make their second run at the Stanley Cup at NHLTV.com.

Be it 2 months or 20 years from now I will neither know nor care who is, was, or who will be on the bench then or now but I will still love the Las Vegas Golden Knights franchise just the same as I’m sure will everyone else in town.

Every day is a fresh chance to begin anew and be the person you always knew you could be. Tonight (Thursday night) at 7 p.m. we begin anew and we capture that big silver loving cup named Lord Stanley and like a row of dominoes, knock the other contenders down one-by-one with precision, execution, skill,  determination, and dauntless persistence.

Happy hunting fellas. Now shut up, drop the puck, and

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