Scoring Your First Goal In The NHL Must Be A Huge Thrill
Can you imagine what it must feel like to realize all your childhood dreams? It’s certainly the culmination of years of hard work, training, long bus trips and car rides. You finally become an NHL hockey player. Now the challenge is to score. Without a doubt, scoring your first NHL goal must be a huge thrill.
Two Vegas Golden Knights Score Their First NHL Goal In The Same Week
With that in mind, it is exciting to see two Vegas Golden Knights score their first NHL goals in the same week. More importantly, these were big goals, in tight, hard-fought games. In fact, it was rookie Brendan Brisson on Saturday night. Then last night, journeyman Sheldon Rempal scores his first NHL goal to give Vegas a 2-1 lead.
I was with some friends at a local hangout watching the game on Saturday night. The Golden Knights hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins. Through two periods, it didn’t look good for the home team as they were down 2-0. However, Vegas breaks through in the third period in a big way. First Jonathan Marchessault puts the Golden Knights on the scoreboard. Then, Pavel Dorofeyev ties it up less than two minutes later. That’s when a Vegas rookie realizes his dream of scoring his first NHL goal.
The Emotional Rollercoaster Of Playing In The NHL
I would imagine just suiting up for your first game in “The Show” is an incredible thrill. But once the nerves pass and you realize you’re competing against the world’s best players, reality sets in. How do I help the team? How do I even stay on this team? I guess I better do something great. Vegas rookie Brendan Brisson did something great. He netted his first NHL goal to give the Golden Knights a 3-2 lead. It ended up being the winning goal.
What made it even more special was that his parents were in the stands at T-Mobile Arena watching the game. Pat Brisson, Brendan’s father, is a very successful NHL player agent. As a matter of fact, he is Sidney Crosby’s agent. So not only did Brendan Brisson score his first NHL goal with his parents watching and cheering him on in the stands, but he did it against one of his childhood heroes, Sidney Crosby. Pretty special.
I was watching Brendan Brisson’s post-game interview on TV and, of course, he was very happy. But the odd thing was, he didn’t really remember much about the goal. He said he “kind of blacked out.” In fact, he didn’t even remember if he celebrated on ice much after scoring.
Congratulations to Brendan Brisson and Sheldon Rempal on realizing their childhood dreams of scoring a goal in the NHL. We hope there are many more to come, as long as you’re wearing the colors of the Vegas Golden Knights!