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Oh Vegas, You will NEVER be Hockeytown

With Vegas’ once-in-a-lifetime run on the front page of all hockey news, some are even giving their fans a new, undeserving, title.

Steve Yzerman

Earlier today, ESPN posted an article saying how Vegas is the new “Hockeytown.” Now as a die hard Red Wings fan myself, I couldn’t help but laugh. Maybe it was because ESPN (outside of Bucci) tried to talk about hockey, or maybe it was because our team is so bad that maybe we aren’t Hockeytown anymore. I then, however, came to the conclusion that it wasn’t really either of those things, but the fact that people think Vegas Golden Knights fans deserve this.

Sorry, but someone had to say it because I know I’m not the only fan who has thought this. Before everyone starts calling me a hater, understand how dumbfounded and appreciative I am of what George McPhee and Co. have done in Sin City. It truly is an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime achievement what the Knights are doing and what a story it has become. However, I am now cheering for their road to come to an end in the Conference Finals for one simple reason, this shouldn’t be how it works.

Please tell me that if the Golden Knights, in their first year, defeated not only the Capitals and denied their REAL fans a chance at their first Stanley Cup in their 43-year-existence, but took away a Cup from Alex Ovechkin, it wouldn’t be a totally broken system? They have had a team for one year, their fans have cheered for them for one year, that’s it. In my opinion, there’s no reason they deserve a Stanley Cup because their fans don’t even understand what being a real fan is yet. They haven’t gone through deadline selling, firings of coaches, rebuilds, tanking, etc. They have yet to experience any of the losing that makes winning that much better, and that’s not how it works, nor should it be how it works.

Now I know, if you’re loving the Vegas story, you’re all over me right now about how I’m just an angry Wings fan with a computer, but I can assure you that’s not the case. I’ll even go as far as saying I have nothing but respect for the city of Las Vegas because they absolutely backed their team 100% right away. Most of us questioned if there would ever be a good hockey market in Vegas and wow did they prove us wrong. But come on, that doesn’t even come close to meaning you get to be called Hockeytown now.

The run is great for the sport, and you know that lovely Commissioner of ours is swimming in the money coming in thanks to the success of Vegas, but now it comes down to who’s a real fan and who’s not. I feel that real, die hard fans of hockey will back me on this because they understand what losing feels like and what it takes to win a Stanley Cup. Having a franchise for one year isn’t what it takes to win a Cup and especially not what it takes to earn the title of Hockeytown.

For years now, since the Red Wings started declining, we have been fighting off the Chicago, Buffalo (still laugh at that one) and Boston fans of the world over the title of Hockeytown. As long as we die hard Red Wings fans are still around, that title will remain in Detroit (not only for the reasons above, but also because the organization has trademarked the name and logo, so HA!). One day, the Wings will also return to playing at the level which earned them the Hockeytown moniker.

Until that day, I will fight tooth and nail to hang on to being the real Hockeytown, especially when our current competition is an organization that didn’t even exist a year ago. Maybe it’s just me, maybe I am just a jealous, angry writer, but that doesn’t change the fact that I will be cheering against Vegas for the rest of the playoffs.

One more reminder as to who Hockeytown is:

So now I’m curious as to what everyone thinks.....

Poll

Are you a fan of the Vegas Golden Knights run?

This poll is closed

  • 36%
    Was a great story, but they aren’t deserving of a Cup
    (239 votes)
  • 12%
    Vegas bandwagon all day! Stop being grumpy
    (80 votes)
  • 8%
    Never liked them
    (55 votes)
  • 11%
    Since they don’t know what losing is like, they don’t deserve a Stanley Cup
    (78 votes)
  • 30%
    Hope to see them win, but won’t lose sleep over it
    (199 votes)
651 votes total Vote Now