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A long day covering the first game of the regular season at home for the Vegas Golden Knights versus the Arizona Coyotes, professional hockey has come and the crowd was huge and energetic. Arrived 3.5 hours before the puck dropped and wandered about the venue at T-Mobile Arena where fans enjoyed many different installations in a “fan zone” and could also purchase gear, eats and even play a little street hockey. The Budweiser Clydesdales joined by a drum line and parade to welcome the players who walked a gold carpet into the arena stopping to take photos and sign autographs for fans. Mr. Franchise, Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29), was a definite hit out there - especially with the ladies I noticed :D

Gotta say it’s been a long time since I shot hockey and making great images out there about the ice is not so easy. At this point there are only a limited number of cut outs in the glass and the agencies and team are taking the bulk of them leaving a handful of them for the rest of us to fight over. I did the best I could though had two of three periods through the glass on the defensive side, still ended up pretty satisfied with the results and mixed it up with some crowd and atmosphere. A few more games and I’ll have it dialed in…maybe

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After way too many years I’m back to covering hockey again, last night began the Vegas Golden Knights professional hockey preseason games at the T-Mobile Arena with a battle against the Los Angeles Kings. Remembered rather quickly how challenging it can be to shoot the sport especially with all that glass, fans not wanting you to stand in front of them and tough angles from the upper shooting spots. Turns out whomever cut the glass cutouts for shooting only made half of them accessible so after the wire guys and team got theirs we were left with a handful. Hearing that will be remedied and I’m not worried…

Learned a few things too. Like a 400mm lens is too much for the shooting spots unless you’re up on the 5th floor. Parking is an issue even when you’re on the list but better than the $25 they are charging now. Also, the $8 meal is fine though not having receipts is a problem too. Also, shooting through the glass is harder than it appears and can appear sharp but often isn’t due to the curvature built in…gonna take a few games to adjust I think :D

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The Vegas Golden Knights continued their winning ways by knocking off the Nashville Predators 3-0 game at the T-Mobile Arena with an added bonus of musician Paul Shaffer performing the National Anthem before a packed house. Lots of great action on the ice with some great play by Vegas Golden Knights right wing Alex Tuch (89), right wing Reilly Smith (19), left wing Tomas Nosek (92), left wing Erik Haula (56), defenseman Brayden McNabb (3)  and goalie goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29). Next game for me on Sunday.

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Covered the Vegas Golden Knights for AP as they battled the New York Rangers for a 2-1 win during their game at the T-Mobile Arena. The action seemed extra fast for some reason, lots of contact even though the scoring was low. I think I could just focus on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) and all would be well, he’s pretty darn good still for an “old guy.” Others played well too like left wing David Perron (57), defenseman Brayden McNabb (3), left wing Tomas Nosek (92), left wing William Carrier (28) and the usual cast of characters. Looking like the playoffs is a real possibility.