Goalie Calvin Pickard was among the Golden Knights' players who set off in search of adventure -- and some new fans -- as the NHL's expansion team sought to drum up interest, engage with its new community and help grow hockey in Idaho and Montana.
In the meantime, Sin City is avidly anticipating a new era in its already-colorful history, which begins Tuesday night when the Golden Knights host the Los Angeles Kings for the new franchise's inaugural preseason home game in T-Mobile Arena.
From the opening day of training camp, fans began filling City National Arena, the brand new practice facility located roughly 15 miles from the Vegas Strip, just to watch the team skate.
For the players who were invited to training camp, the experience has proven just as surreal -- particularly for Tyler Wong , who catapulted himself into Vegas sports lore when he scored a hat trick in the team's first preseason game , a 9-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks .
They're also a central part of Las Vegas' downtown rehabilitation through their partnership with the D Hotel, which will offer game packages while hosting viewing parties, team events and an annual fan fest.
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