Hockey makes history with Vegas

Published 10:15 pm Thursday, April 19, 2018

Hockey is the middle child of sports. The sport is cool to those that are fans of it, but it never really gets the national attention that it deserves.

Football is the older sibling. They get a lot of attention and get to do whatever they want.

Baseball is the younger sibling. They get so much love from the country.

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It’s about time that hockey gets some national acclaim from those that aren’t avid hockey fans, because hockey is making history.

On April 17, the Las Vegas Golden Knights swept their first-round matchup, the Los Angeles Kings. Maybe a few years down the road that won’t be such a jarring statement, but this postseason, that news is amazing.

The 2017-2018 season was the inaugural season for Vegas, and it didn’t take much time for NHL fans to take notice. A lot of attention was a result of the team’s Twitter account, previously run by Dan Marrazza, because there was endless banter and comedy. While a lot of love for Vegas was rooted in their social media, they quickly showed hockey fans that they were a force to be reckoned with.

They finished the season 51-24-7 with 109 points. Their first 82-game season stunned the world, because they finished first in the Pacific Division, third in the Western Conference and fifth overall.

My main point here is that the world should stop and take notice of the hockey world, because they are dominating as athletes, and the hockey club is doing something other sports haven’t done.

Vegas is the first hockey, basketball or baseball team to sweep its opponents in an inaugural season.

I repeat, as I stand on the tallest roof in Suffolk, Vegas is the first hockey, basketball or baseball team to sweep its opponents in an inaugural season.

Yes, I am a Bruins fan, but I have a lot of love for the underdogs succeeding in hockey. Once the first round wraps up, my heart will be torn on the West Coast. The San Jose Sharks also swept the Anaheim Ducks in the first round, and their next opponent will be the Golden Knights.

I’ve always loved San Jose, because they have a good team, but they always choke in the postseason. My new love for Vegas is going to make the series very conflicting for me.

For now, I will patiently wait for the Boston Bruins to put an end to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round in two more games.