steve mayer was serious. the nhl’s chief content officer is always thinking of ways to put events on top, and the other day he walked into a staff room looking for a stuffed tiger for chicago blackhawks forward alex debrincat, could parody the las vegas movie “the hangover” during the 2022 nhl all-star skills presented by draftkings sportsbook at t-mobile arena on friday.
The stuffed tiger had to be the right size for a mike tyson impersonator to take to the ice, and the only one the nhl could find nearby was listed on a resale website. a staff member took an uber to suburban henderson, nevada, to buy it.
“the hangover” is about a group of guys who go to las vegas for fun and don’t remember what happened. well, this all-star weekend is all about a bunch of guys going to las vegas to have fun and create something unforgettable.
We’ve already had one-of-a-kind Las Vegas moments in All-Star Skills, like the debrincat routine and Carrot Top comedian booing Las Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo during the adidas NHL Breakaway Challenge. plus las vegas 21 on ’22 at las vegas boulevard and the discovery of the nhl fountain face off at the fountains at bellagio.
We now have the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Game at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday (3pm ET; ABC, SN, TVAS, ESPN+).
“It’s huge,” former Golden Knights defender Deryk Engelland said. “I think it will be good for the nhl and for vegas itself.”
engelland would know. He began his professional hockey career playing for the ECL’s Las Vegas from 2003 to 2005, and ended up playing for the Golden Knights from 2017 to 2020 at T-Mobile Arena on the Strip.
This used to be a minor league sports town, but the Golden Knights turned it into a major league town as Las Vegas’ first major league professional sports team. They made it a hockey town, going on a magical run to the Stanley Cup final in its inaugural season, returning to the Stanley Cup playoffs each of the next three seasons, and returning to the third round twice. /p>
t-mobile arena is one of the loudest places in the league. There’s so much passion for hockey here that Henderson of the American Hockey League is playing at Orleans Arena while he waits for a new rink to be built, and youth hockey is growing.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman opened a press conference Friday by thanking the Golden Knights for becoming such an important part of Las Vegas.
“I know there were a lot of skeptics when we announced we would be expanding to Las Vegas, and the reception, support and connection between the team and the community is incredible,” Commissioner Bettman said.
the league held the nhl awards in las vegas for years before the golden knights were born, and held the stanley cup final here in 2018. still, it says something that awarded the all-star game to the city in the fifth season of the golden knights.
“This is amazing, and it was a no-brainer to do this all-star game, a no-brainer,” Mayer said. “I think this is a celebration of the NHL, but it’s certainly a celebration of everything Vegas has done in the world of hockey in such a short amount of time.”
walk around las vegas and you will see many teams representing the golden knights. those are mostly the locals. you also see some teams that represent whatever opposing team is in town. those are the transplanted and the tourists.
This week, the city is buzzing with hockey, from the 2022 Truly Seltzer NHL Fan Fair at the Las Vegas Convention Center to hotels on the strip. step into an elevator and you never know who’s wearing which jersey for which team.
Locals will love the golden knights representing the Pacific Rim, once again leading the pack.
is appropriate. they have an original “golden misfit” in forward jonathan marchessault, selected from the florida panthers in the 2017 nhl expansion draft, and two players acquired by perhaps the most aggressive team in the league: forward mark stone, who He came from the Ottawa Senators via February trade on October 25, 2019, and Pietrangelo, who signed as a free agent on October 25, 2019. 12, 2020. Coach Peter Deboer will be behind the bench.
but the locals will also love seeing so many of the nhl’s best players in one place, playing in a 3v3 tournament. so will all the fans that flew into town over the weekend . The Pacific division will play the Metropolitan in the first game, then the Central will play the Atlantic.
Here are the top four scorers in the league: forwards Jonathan Huberdeau of the Florida Panthers, Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, and Nazem Kadri of the Colorado Avalanche.
There are some of the best defenders there, like Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Cale Makar of the Avalanche, and Zach Werenski of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
It will be a challenge for even the best goalies, like Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Lightning Bolts, Frederik Andersen of the Carolina Hurricanes, and Juuse Saros of the Nashville Predators.
There are no paper tigers in the all-star game. only the best in a hockey town that already awaits you.