Posting a better photo of my awesome souvenir puck from last night’s 6-0 Vegas Golden Knights’ defeat of the Calgary Flames. (My original pic in yesterday’s post was literally taken on an arena garbage can.) This T-Mobile Arena exclusive puck is the first golden hued biscuit that I’ve seen. Glad to add it to my collection! 🏒🥅 . #HockeyPuck #Puck #PuckCollector #PuckCollection #HockeyAddict
Its the third annual mother/son hockey trip to T-Mobile arena with my dear ol’ mom. This year’s version features the Calgary Flames and the Vegas Golden Knights.
As a kid, my mom supported my love of hockey, usually taking me so VERY early to countless Salt Lake Golden Eagles games so I could stand by the glass during warmups and beg players for pucks and sticks. She also helped me whenever she could to scrape together enough $ for my friends and I to pad up for some street hockey in our apartment parking lot—we never had enough money for me to play organized ice hockey, but I sure had hours of fun firing shots at my homemade PVC-pipe net (my teen pal Cody, himself a basketball player and definitely NOT a hockey player, often begrudgingly suited up as the goalie to face a flurry of my wristers and slap shots—he even stopped a few now and then). Those hours of parking lot practice paid off more than a few times as I won numerous prizes and Golden Eagles season tickets several times in my youth by shooting the puck between periods at Eagles’ games.
Yep, mom put up with a lot of my hockey craziness, so now it’s fun to reward her once a year with a trip to see an NHL game. Thanks, mom!
Although I am a lifelong Red Wings fan, and have also been referred to as the “biggest Panthers fan in Utah” (thanks to @ericgordon19), two years ago the Knights made my favorite teams list during their unforgettable historic inaugural season. So it’s always great to catch a Vegas game—and this is my 4th hockey game at T-Mobile Arena.
This is the first time I have seen a Calgary Flames game in person. The Flames were also a team I followed as a kid after my beloved Golden Eagles became the Flames’ minor league affiliate in 1988-89, and I saw eventual solid NHL players such as Stu Grimson and Marc Bureau, and even Stanley Cup Champions like @TheoFleury14 and #MikeVernon , play in Salt Lake and ultimately get called up by Calgary. Yet, for this clash, Go Knights!
Oh, and it’s hilarious how the Knights strategically post scantily clad Vegas Show Girls glass to distract the visitors during warmups.