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Golden Knights explain importance and impact of playing away game | Sports

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – When the Golden Knights drop the puck on Saturday in Lake Tahoe, they will be the 26th NHL team to play outdoors game.

Only 5 teams have yet to compete in the league’s flagship event, including Stanley Cup-winning franchises like Carolina and Tampa Bay.

“It doesn’t surprise me how quickly this city has become a hockey town,” said Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a franchise turn into a powerhouse like ours, it really turned into a hockey and sports town so quickly just when the puck fell in year one, which the league noticed rewarded the franchise with.

“It’s the NHL that says Vegas came onto the national stage, like a team people want to see,” said head coach Pete DeBoer. “It’s an honor to what has been built here since day one and how quickly it has happened is history, I don’t know if it will be repeated to have the kind of fan and fan experience and fans around the world and nationwide already have four seasons in your life. It’s a real …

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