Minnesota’s Fingerprints Are All Over The NHL’s Cinderella Team
If you are a fan of any Minnesota sports team, you have found that you don't get to cheer for many successes. In fact, it is mainly heartbreaks. The Las Vegas Golden Knights have been far from heartbreaks, even with Minnesota's fingerprints all over them.
Erik Haula and Alex Tuch are just two names that have been producing for the Golden Knights, and Minnesota Wild fans should be familiar. Both of those players played for the Wild a season ago and were traded to Las Vegas in the offseason. Since the move, Haula and Tuch have solidified themselves as contributors to a team that has reached the Western Conference Final. Not to forget, Erik Haula played his college hockey at the University of Minnesota. You also can't forget about Clayton Stoner, who played for the Wild to begin his career, although he is on the injured reserve and not actively playing for Las Vegas.
Besides the two players with a connection to the Minnesota Wild, the Golden Knights also have two players that were born in the #BoldNorth. Nate Schmidt (St. Cloud) and Jake Bischoff (Cambridge).
It is unheard of when an expansion team makes the playoff in their first season. The Knights blew the doors off everyone early in the season, and have come together as the 'misfits' of the NHL to make it happen.
It has been an exciting team to watch, and if you are from Minnesota you can only cheer on the players that have that connection, and hope that the heartbreak doesn't run with them.