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Golden Knights

The inaugural success of NHL’s newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights, has smashed records. Whether its their multiple winning streaks, or the fact that in February they broke the record for most points by an expansion team in their inaugural season, the Knights have had a run like no other.

Now they are on their way to the Stanley Cup!

How?  Beginner’s Luck?  Nope.  Not in the least.  The Knights were destined to succeed from the beginning.  Here’s my psychological take….


Vegas Baby!!

The excitement surrounding the Entertainment Capital of the World is infectious.  The home of the Golden Knights, T-Mobile Arena, is actually on the Strip (resort corridor).   Where lights and dazzle brighten the sky and headliners bathe in standing ovations, Las Vegas offers a launching pad into fame.  You can’t miss. Talent and electricity create the perfect environment for a break out star, or star team.


LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 30: The strip on Las Vegas Boulevard is seen on May 30, 2002 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Robert Mora/Getty Images)


We Built This City

The Las Vegas Valley is home to 2 million people.  Residents not only support the tourism industry but a city that has built phenomenal schools, medical centers, universities, parks, and just about everything any metropolis across the nation has.  So when the birth of a hockey team came down the canal, a city so strong and passionate was committed to nurturing this creation, ensuring its success.


LAS VEGAS – JUNE 30: Las Vegas is slightly obscured by a smoky haze in front of hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip over the tops of homes on the west side of the city June 30, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Several wildland fires burning in southern Nevada and Arizona have left the city in a haze. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


The Perfect Recipe

A professional ice hockey team put together by General Manager George McPhee, with Head Coach Gerard Gallant, goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, and players such as Karlsson, Marchessault, Neal, Tuch, Reaves, to name a few, were the perfect ingredients to make NHL gold.  New opportunities provide the freshness and clean state needed to create a masterpiece, whether its art, food, or sports.


WINNIPEG, MB – MAY 12: David Perron #57 of the Vegas Golden Knights is defended by Adam Lowry #17 of the Winnipeg Jets during the third period in Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Place on May 12, 2018 in Winnipeg, Canada. The Winnipeg Jets defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Icing on the Cake

So maybe the Golden Knights didn’t officially “start from scratch.” But for the most part they were not expected to crush it in the first season.  So every win was a happy surprise and each loss was considered par for the course.  Odds were against them and very few of us thought the playoffs were ever within their reach.  With no pressing expectations, they could build on each win’s momentum.  Psychologically this is a jet stream that can take a team to the playoffs.


So can they win it ?!!  Yes, …but it helps if no one’s expecting it…..


Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP