Bettman: Vegas’ motivation from ‘tragedy they were birthed around’


NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Vegas Golden Knights are heading to the playoffs in their inaugural season.

An impressive feat all on its own, but even more so considering what it means for the people of Las Vegas, who had to deal with a tragic shooting coinciding with the start of the season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman joined Prime Time Sports and discussed, among other things, how that terrible event helped motivate the team to succeed.

“When you think about what happened in Humboldt and the tragedy there, I think part of what motivated the Vegas Golden Knights all season was the tragedy that they were basically birthed around,” said Bettman. “They played their first home game, I think it was eight or nine days after the shootings in Las Vegas. You had all these players who had relocated to Las Vegas, they were coming from other teams, they immediately went into the community to work with the community — the first responders, the hospitals, the physicians, the survivors on the healing process and moving forward.”

“Between that and Parkland and [Humboldt], it’s been unfathomable as to how tragic some of the events were that we experienced as an NHL family this year.”

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