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Once considered the most intimidating places to play for opposing NHL teams, the big question lately is what has happened to the mystique at the “Fortress”? What we’re talking about is home ice advantage and it seems to have been lost over the past couple of seasons for the Vegas Golden Knights! They’ve lost two out of the last three games on home ice…which a few seasons ago was unheard of!

Remember that inaugural season of 2017-18 when the VGK would stride out on the ice just for warmups, T-Mobile would erupt, the music was loud! They hadn’t even dropped the puck and opposing teams were already getting a sample of what was to come throughout the game.

Once they dropped the puck, standing room only crowds cheering at the top of their lungs, making noise and singing along to the music…the “Fortress” was alive from the moment you stepped into the arena. There was a positive vibe, you could feel the energy and the mindset was losing wasn’t even an option.

That first season the Vegas Golden Knights only lost 10 games on home ice…10 games! Played 82 regular season games, ended up breezing through the NHL playoffs winning the Western Conference and facing off against the Washington Capitals for the Stanley Cup that year. Although the VGK lost in 5 games, every game played at home that first season, right through the playoffs was like a rock concert on ice!

So what has happened to the mystic of the Fortress…since that inaugural season, the losses at home have gone up and that energy that the team once thrived on has slowly dwindled. The following season the VGK lost 11 games on home ice and the next season it was up to 12 losses on home ice. Last season the home losses mounted up and the “misfits” lost 15 games at T-Mobile and you could definitely tell the energy that lit up the home crowd was changing.

Now it might not seem like much to talk about, but you have to admit that going to a VGK has changed over the years from their first season in the league. When it meant more to be seen at the games than anything else…has the excitement of our own home team worn off? Keep in mind that the bar was set pretty high after that first season…meaning, what expansion team wins their division, conference, then goes on to play for Lord Stanley’s Cup? It just NEVER happens!

So if you’re a fan, think about it for minute and see how you would explain the loss of the VGK magic when it comes to playing on home ice at the “FORTRESS”!

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Meet The Newest Vegas Golden Knights

Our Vegas Golden Knights made six selections in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft took place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada last week.  They drafted four forwards, one defenseman and one goalie.  According to the Vegas Golden Knights official website on, all of our latest draft picks are expected to be a part of the team’s 2022 Development Camp which takes place at City National Arena this week, July 11-18th.  It is presented by Martin-Harris Construction.  If you’d like to check out the on-ice sessions, go for it because admission is FREE!

Fore more information about the VGK Development Camp, click here.

To see the entire article with all the information about the Golden Knights’ 2022 draft picks, click here.

For more on the Vegas Golden Knights practice facilities, click here.

Here’s a look at the “Class of 2022″ VGK draft picks:


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ – Las Vegas.  The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.

  • 2nd Round Pick - Forward Matyas Sapovaliv

    Forward Matyas Sapovaliv

    MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JULY 08: Matyas Sapovaliv is selected by the Vegas Golden Knights during Round Two of the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft at Bell Centre on July 08, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

  • 3rd Round Pick - Forward Jordan Gustafson

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  • 4th Round Pick - Goaltender Cameron Whitehead

    Cameron Whitehead

    MONTREAL, QUEBEC – JULY 08: Cameron Whitehead is selected by the Vegas Golden Knights during Round Four of the 2022 Upper Deck NHL Draft at Bell Centre on July 08, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

  • 5th Round Pick - Forward Patrick Guay

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  • 6th Round Pick - Forward Ben Hemmerling

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  • 7th Round Pick - Defenseman Abram Wiebe

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