It’s hard to know if the hockey fans in Las Vegas are in for the long haul, or if the sport is just a novelty at this point.
Either way, fans have taken a shine to the Golden Knights.
The Nashville Predators are a 20-year-old franchise, and those who are affiliated with the team maintain the fan base has always been strong. My perception of that market is that recent playoff success has led to added enthusiasm in “Music City.”
Then there is the Winnipeg Jets.
A market that had its heart ripped out when the NHL left in 1996, and a market that has been loyal since the league’s return in 2012.
On Tuesday, Jets captain Blake Wheeler made the point, on more than one occasion, that the fan base plays a role in the teams’ playoff success in 2018. He also said it’s all original.
There is no crowd noise being pumped in and no need to prompt the fans. The “sea of white” rallies the team on its own.
So it goes in a hockey hot bed.