Silver Knights’ First Season Begins Soon

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The Henderson Silver Knights are about to embark on their inaugural season as the Triple A affiliate of the Las Vegas Golden Knights. They have been preparing at training camp in Lifeguard Arena in downtown Henderson.

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Henderson Silver Knights, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, are about to begin their first season in the area. The Silver Knights were purchased by the Golden Knights and have relocated from San Antonio. They have spent the last two weeks in training camp preparing at Lifeguard Arena, the newly constructed practice facility in downtown Henderson.

According to Ben Gotz of the Las Vegas Review Journal, the Silver Knights will appear in their first regular-season game at the Orleans Arena versus the Ontario Reign on February 6. They will play forty games this season, all in series of three games, set up this way due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gotz reports that Silver Knights coach Manny Viveiros said, “It’s going to be a grind…It’s going to be challenging for everybody, but it’s going to add a little more intensity in these back-to-back games.”

The Silver Knights will eventually play their home games in the Henderson Events Center, being built where the Henderson Pavilion was located in Green Valley. However, they will start their first couple of years playing in the Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility, the former home to the Las Vegas Wranglers.

After the Golden Knights ended their recent training camp and determined their season roster, several players were moved down to the Silver Knights to continue working on their skills. Other players were acquired from trades with other teams. The Silver Knights allow the Golden Knights to move up and down players as needed.

“We’ve got some young guys here that are going to have to go in and out of the lineup depending on the situation and not necessarily depending on their play,” Golden Knights head coach Pete DeBoer said in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

Hockey in the desert has exploded since the coming of the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the 17-18 NHL season. Youth teams have become extremely popular, and Lifeguard Arena complements City National Arena in Summerlin, allowing many youth teams to have a place to practice on both sides of the Las Vegas Strip. The Henderson facilities are top-notch.

“You just can’t beat this,” defenseman Jimmy Schuldt said in an article by Ben Gotz in the Las Vegas Review Journal. “Nothing against Chicago [his former AHL team], it’s a great organization and nice facilities there, but this is the best I’ve seen in the American League.”