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Vegas Born: The Remarkable Story of The Golden Knights by Steve Carp

Vegas Born: The Remarkable Story of The Golden Knights

by Steve Carp

284 pages
The Vegas Golden Knights were the most successful expansion team in the history of professional sports, making it to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first year. They also helped a city heal after a horrific mass murder at a concert before the season. Their success united the community and turned ordinary people into hockey fans.

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About the Book
Never in the history of modern major league professional sports has a team captured the world’s imagination like the Vegas Golden Knights did in 2017-18.
The NHL expansion team, self-nicknamed the “Golden Misfits,” set records for wins, points, won their division and conference and made it to the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural season. It was a group of players that was systematically put together, quickly bonded and were expertly coached.
They also served an important role for Las Vegas after the shooting tragedy of October 1, 2017 when 58 concert-goers were murdered by a crazed gunman. They helped a community heal and provided a source of escape, and, eventually, a source of love for millions.
“Vegas Born” captures the Knights story from its embryonic stages all the way through the team’s amazing Stanley Cup run. The story is not just on the ice however. The team’s successful marketing run made it the envy of many pro sports teams, mixing in over-the-top Vegas sensibilities with traditional ideas to provide a first-class entertainment experience for those who visited T-Mobile Arena on game nights.
They were the first major league pro sports team in the city and the Golden Knights set the bar high for other Las Vegas-based sports teams when it came to marketing their product.
Of course, the product on the ice had a lot to do with it. Whether it was three-time Stanley Cup champion goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury performing heroically or young centers William Karlsson and Erik Haula having career seasons or veterans Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith, James Neal, Deryk Engelland and David Perron coming through with big, or in some cases, their best-ever years, the Golden Knights were a team which exceeded beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.


“In my 24 years covering the NHL, there’s been no better, more exciting story than the expansion Golden Knights’ run to the Stanley Cup Final. From the inside, Steve Carp documents the scores of career years and takes us all through this exhilarating ride from start to finish.”
- Michael Russo, The Athletic Minnesota
“Steve Carp scores a hat trick and shootout game-winning goal as he masterfully chronicles the thrilling, historical, once-in-a lifetime inaugural season of the NHL's Western Conference Champion Vegas Golden Knights!”
- Kenny Albert, FOX Sports/NBC Sports/MSG Network
“Not only were the Vegas Golden Knights the best story of the 2017-18 NHL season, they were arguably the best story since I began covering hockey. Steve Carp was lucky enough to live it every day, and we benefit from that experience.”
- Elliotte Friedman, Hockey Night In Canada



About the Author
Steve Carp Steve Carp covered the Vegas Golden Knights for the Las Vegas Review-Journal from 2015 to 2018. A six-time Nevada Sportswriter of the Year, the Brooklyn, New York, native has lived and worked in Las Vegas since 1988. During that time, while working first at the Las Vegas Sun and the Review-Journal, he has covered virtually every major sporting event in Las Vegas.
Carp has won numerous writing awards from the Nevada Press Association, Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press Sports Editors.
He is the author of “Runnin” — UNLV Rebels — A Basketball Legacy”. He is a past president of the United States Basketball Writers Association and a 2017 USBWA Hall of Fame inductee. A graduate of San Jose State University with a B.A. in Journalism, Carp lives in the Las Vegas suburb of Summerlin.



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