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Vegas Golden Knights growing hockey in Nevada through youth sports partnership

Posted at 11:38 PM, May 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-11 13:02:57-04

The Nevada Storm Youth Hockey Program is now the Vegas Junior Golden Knights.

It's the result of a partnership between Golden Knights officials and local youth hockey leaders. Tryouts for all age levels were held at the Las Vegas Ice Center Wednesday.

With the NHL's backing, the hope is that there will be a lot more sticks in hands and ice skating in the desert.

Brad Sholl is President of the Junior Golden Knights.

"We're trying to not only create new skaters and new hockey players but build a great fan base," Sholl said. "Loyal hockey fans.'

There will be community outreach programs and two other rinks including the Golden Knights' practice facility will schedule and coordinate practices and games. 

Joseph Heinzelman was one of nearly 200 kids who laced up their skates for tryouts.

"It's exciting and it's also nervewracking because I'm moving up to the next level," he said. "And I'm playing with bigger kids."

He and Chase McCrossan are eager to see professional hockey played in Las Vegas. McCrossan also tried out.

"I was really excited you know to see what team I make," said McCrossan.