puck drop from space

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Vegas Golden Knights set a "worldwide record" on Wednesday night for something you probably didn't know was a thing.

To mark the opening of the team's third season, they dropped a puck from space ... kind of. The team recorded the highest puck drop ever at 94,655 feet -- technically about 17.9 miles into the stratosphere.

According to a release from the team, a high-altitude weather balloon with a Oct. 2 ceremonial puck attached was launched from Amargosa Valley, Nevada and landed in Death Valley two hours, 16 minutes and 22 seconds later.

Three scouting groups went out to search, eventually recovering the puck in time to drop it on the ice for the face-off at T-Mobile Arena. 

Nevada Highway Patrol Troopers Jason Buratczuk, Travis Smaka and Scott Williams took part in the face-off as they retrieved the puck. 

You can watch the full two-hour journey here:

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