Here are five reasons you'll want to make the Golden Knights your first stop the next time you're in Sin City.
1. They're contenders
The Vegas Golden Knights have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in every season so far. They almost won the Stanley Cup in their inaugural 2017-18 season! This isn't just any hockey team; this is a competitive franchise that puts a great team on the ice every night. When you see them live, you know that it's going to be an exciting game, no matter who the opponent is.
2. They know how to score
Everyone wants to see exciting offense in a hockey game, and the Vegas Golden Knights have that. Two of their players, Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone, are within the Top 25 highest scoring players in the entire National Hockey League. They each average just under one goal a game (0.96 for Pacioretty and 0.91 for Stone). With them leading the way, the Golden Knights offense will always keep fans entertained.
3. Their defense isn't too shabby, either
The team's primary goalie, Marc-Andre Fleury, ranks 24th among all NHL goalies with a ..908 save percentage. The opposing team will have a very hard time getting past him. So if you want to see some thrilling stops, the Golden Knights can provide those too; they're a well-rounded hockey team that doesn't rely on just offense to carry them forward. Their defense is just as impressive.
4. The arena experience
An important part of every game is the venue where it takes place. T-Mobile Arena is Las Vegas's most cutting-edge entertainment destination, right in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Aside from seeing an excellent hockey game, you can also score some food and drinks at a number of eateries throughout the arena, including the legendary Pink's Hot Dogs and some Rollin Smoke Barbecue. Just try not to drop the food when you're jumping out of your seat cheering.
5. Fun for the whole family
Sports aren't always serious business, and the Vegas Golden Knights have done an excellent job of balancing excitement with a sense of humor. The opening they play before every regular-season home game will definitely get fans pumped for the game. But their mascot is an adorable and hilarious Gila monster named Chance. And he's not the only one who can make you laugh; the players are pretty good at that, too, with stunts like a Christmas gift-wrapping battle. They make fans feel like friends, and will leave you with an experience you'll never forget.