A season ago, before the Golden Knights even played a game, players, coaches and staff were seen in the community giving back. As they turn the page on season two, the franchise has been showing they're not just a flash in the pan, on or off the ice.
"Our clients are not going to be able to go to those Golden Knights games,” Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada Deacon Tom Roberts said. “For them to get up close and personal with some of the development team and the staff is such a thrill and it provides the hope that someday they may get there."
Serving food and serving hope, Golden Knights prospects put away the pucks and picked up the plates for more than 1,000 clients of Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada.
"It's a big part of who we are and what the organization strives to be,” Golden Knights prospect Reid Duke said. “Just being out here today shows the kind of people in this organization. I know it means so much to the people here, so we're happy to be serving them today."
"I think it's one of the most important parts of our job,” Golden Knights prospect Nic Hague said. “I followed the team real closely this year and saw how the team rallied around the community. I know that's because of directly the stuff like this we do."
"To be where I am now and give back, it's amazing and everyone else here is grateful for what we all have, and we want to give back as much as we can," Golden Knights prospect, Keegan Kolesar said.
Monday was more than just a photo op for the team and its players, Golden Knights staff called it a teaching moment, more important than anything on the ice.
"All of us at some point are going to need help, we're all going to need a little hope, I think perspective is the word that comes to mind," Golden Knights Director of Player Development Wil Nichol said.
"So nice to give back. They don't have the opportunity we have; play hockey, do something they love just giving back a little bit, giving them a little food," Golden Knights prospect Cody Glass said.
"We come here and someday, we think we have it tough. We have to go to the gym, have a hard practice, we're doing what we love to do and essentially that means you're not working a day in your life," Duke said.
"For them to come down, to a place like this where this, is not the glitz and the glamor of the resort corridor. So for them to come see this, be a part of this, is a wonderful gift for all of the community," Deacon Roberts said.
starts Tuesday at City National Arena beginning at 2:30 p.m. Practices are free and open to the public.
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