Dedicated Golden Knights fans wait in line for hours just to see team practice


When the clock struck 11 a.m. on Thursday, a line of people wrapping around the City National Arena parking lot finally packed in the arena where the Vegas Golden Knights practice.

“Go Knights Go” chants and cheering were heard each time a player took the ice.

This has been the scene all playoffs long, but this crowd is the deepest it’s been this season.

Perhaps it's because the Golden Knights are a few games away from bringing the Stanley Cup in their first year. Perhaps it’s because the fans are hoping general manager George McPhee, can have a bit of redemption after meeting the team that fired him in 2014.

The Washington Capitals will head to Las Vegas for the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. McPhee is in an interesting spot. He’ll be going against a team he practically built after 17 years with the Capitals.

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The so-called "Golden Misfits" were built from the ground up with McPhee at the lead, which will lead to an interesting match up for him. McPhee was with the Capitals in 1998 when they clinched their first Stanley Cup Final berth. The Detroit Red Wings came out on top and took the cup that series.

Now, the Golden Knights looking are looking to grab the prize.

Fans are very excited about the home-ice advantage. Many are confident that the cup is coming to the desert.

News 3 caught up with Luca Sbisa following Thursday’s practice and he spoke on the advantages of having home-ice advantage. He also mentioned they have the best fans in the league

Game 1 will be played on Monday at 5 p.m. Game 2 will be played on Wednesday at 5 p.m., both at T-Mobile Arena.

Games 3, 4 and 6 (if needed) will be played in Washington. Games 5 and 7 will be in Las Vegas, if necessary.

A limited amount of tickets will go on sale to the general public Friday at 10 a.m.

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