LAS VEGAS — First the NHL awarded Las Vegas an expansion franchise. Then came a front office, a logo, a name, a coaching staff, a uniform and a roster.
Now the Vegas Golden Knights have to become a team.
They began the process when they opened their first training camp on Thursday.
“It’s exciting,” forward Erik Haula said. “Today arriving to the rink in the morning, you’re kind of like, ‘All right. Here we go.’ ”
The veterans had been filtering into town the past couple of weeks, skating on their own, grabbing meals in small groups. The rookies had opened camp last week and played two games against the Los Angeles Kings.
But the veterans reported officially for medical and physical testing on Thursday morning and were to hold their first meeting as a full group over dinner on Thursday evening.