Golden Knights to name first captain before next season

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The Vegas Golden Knights will name their first captain before next season, coach Peter DeBoer said.

“We have great leadership, a large group of guys who have really taken charge and recognized the opportunity,” DeBoer said Thursday.Since entering the NHL in the 2017-18 season, the Golden Knights have alternated captains, including forwards Max Pacioretty, Reilly Smith and Mark Stoneand defenders Shea Theodore and Nate Schmidt, among others, this season.

When asked if the Vegas players were thinking about the harbor master’s office as they prepared for the Stanley Cup qualifiers, Stone replied, “Not at this time. It’s one of the strongest locker rooms I’ve ever played with, if not the strongest. one goal, and that is to win the Stanley Cup. For the next week here, our main goal is to be ready to play our best hockey.… The only thing I’m thinking about right now is trying to win the Stanley Cup. ”

The Golden Knights (39-24-8, .606 percentage points), who were first in the Pacific Division when the season was cut short on March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, will play in the tournament portion in the Western Conference Qualifying round against the St. Louis Blues (42-19-10, .662), Colorado Avalanche (42-20-8, .657) and Dallas Stars (37- 24-8, .594) to determine the standings for the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Western Conference round robin and four best-of-five qualification series will be played at Rogers Place in Edmonton, the home city of the 12 conference teams, beginning August 1.

The Golden Knights will play their first round robin game against the Stars on August 3. They will face the Arizona Coyotes in an exhibition game on July 30.

“I think we don’t need to add to everything that’s going on here right now,” said DeBoer. “… We were playing really well before the break so we’re just going to keep things as they are for this season.

Vegas, which has qualified for the playoffs in each of its first three seasons, is one of five teams without a captain (Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators).



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