Vegas Golden Knights Have ‘Unfinished Business’

Deryk Engelland: 'I Think We Set the Bar Pretty High'

September 26, 2018
MMJC and Deryk Engelland

Turning Las Vegas into a hockey town and taking the National Hockey League by storm were just the warm-up act for Deryk Engelland and the Vegas Golden Knights.

In Season 2, it’s all about the crown.

“I think we set the bar pretty high,” Engelland said of the team’s inaugural season during an appearance on Mix 94.1’s Mercedes in the Morning. “We have some unfinished business.”

The 36-year-old defenseman became one of the Golden Knights’ brightest stars during the 2017-18 season, winning the Mark Messier Leadership Award and serving as team spokesperson in a ceremony honoring the victims of the 1 October shootings.

Now, just a few months after the Golden Knights fell to the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Finals, Engelland and his teammates are back on the ice, sharpening their game ahead of an October 4 season opener versus the Philadelphia Flyers at T-Mobile Arena.

When asked how new players—including the traded-for Max Pacioretty and free agent signee Paul Stastny—are fitting in, Engelland responded that he’s doing his best to help make Las Vegas feel like home.

“They’re doing great, last year at the expansion draft [ownership] brought in guys with character,” Engelland said. “The guys they brought in this year fit that bill 100 percent.”

Off the ice, Engelland is continuing his role as a community ambassador with the launch of the Vegas Born Heroes Foundation, which will recognize individuals and organizations that "consistently and selflessly help others to benefit the city of Las Vegas."

“We want people to nominate these heroes and we’ll honor them at the games,” he said.

The foundation was launched by Engelland and his wife, Melissa. The couple met in Las Vegas when Engelland played for the now-defunct Las Vegas Wranglers minor league hockey team.