Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Notes: Golden Knights on Ice for First Time

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NHL Notes: Golden Knights on Ice for First Time

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Golden Knights on the ice for first time

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights hit the ice for the first time Friday morning to a standing-room only crowd at City National Arena in Las Vegas.

Sixty players were divided into four groups for two training camp practice sessions that included a pair of scrimmages.

"We're a new group, it's not like you're coming back to a team like when I was in Florida and 19 of your players are returning," coach Gerard Gallant said. "This year it's all new players. I can't put the face with the name yet. I'm probably going to call them the wrong name a few times on the ice, and they'll sort of laugh and giggle and we'll get to know each other and we'll work hard and have fun.

"I thought everybody worked hard today, it was a good day. As far as I know nobody got hurt, I thought they worked hard and competed hard and did some good things in the scrimmage."

The Knights play their first preseason game Sunday in Vancouver, leaving Gallant little time to build chemistry with the NHL's first expansion team since 2000. He'll rely on veterans like Marc-Andre Fleury and Deryk Engelland to lend leadership.

"Leadership is huge for us as an organization, and as a coach," Gallant said. "I like the veteran players, I like character guys. Fleury has won three Stanley Cups, that's really important and he's a really good leader, he's a good person. It's important for me and it's important for our organization to have those leadership guys. The expectation is to come to the rink every day and get better and work hard as a team."

Parise out for Wild * Minnesota training camp began with one notable absence: Zach Parise.

He's being held off the ice for now because of a back injury, his status considered day to day. Coach Bruce Boudreau said after the first split-squad practices Friday that he believes Parise will join the team soon enough. …

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