The Vegas Golden Knights are once again heading to the Stanley Cup Finals. The organization has existed for six years, and this is the second time they’re reaching it, but this time, they’re approaching it differently than last time.
The Golden Knights won Game 6 of the Western Conference Final 6-0 against the Dallas Stars to advance to the Finals, and afterward, everyone said the same thing.
When NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly presented the team with the Clarence Campbell Bowl as the Western Conference champions, captain Mark Stone refused to touch it—and so did alternate captains Alex Pietrangelo and Rielly Smith.
It’s common for NHL teams to not touch any trophy before eventually hoisting the Stanley Cup, but Vegas’ choice had fans’ attention. Because the last time they were in this position, they did the opposite thing.
When Vegas reached the Finals in 2018, they lifted the Clarence Campbell Bowl and laid all superstitions aside.
”We decided as a group to take it because we went through the experience togehter. (Fleury) has been the backbone to our team, so more or less it came down to what he wanted to do,” Deryk Engelland said.
”We talked about it before. We went against the odds all year,” said Jonathan Marchessault.
But now, they have chosen a different path, and they’re very open about it.
“We touched it a lot the first year, and it didn’t work well for us,” Vegas forward Jonathan Marchessault said. “Hopefully, it goes around. We’ve worked hard to be in that position, but that’s not the one we want to touch her.”
Fans are all saying the same thing about it, that it’s hilarious how differently Vegas are handling winning the Western Conference this time around. Let’s see if it pays out!