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Vegas Golden Knights trade in skates for gymnastics

Cirque performing at game Saturday
Posted at 5:51 PM, Feb 14, 2018

After Tuesday's incredible comeback win against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Vegas Golden Knights are taking the day off the ice and spending some time in the air.

The Knights had an unconventional recovery day workouts with Cirque du Soleil at Ka Theatre.

"To step inside their world for a little bit, this is pretty incredible and special," says Nate Schmidt.

For their recovery day workout, players got to dabble in traditional circus arts.

"It's just fun to switch it up and come to this place. It's definitely something I'm sure no other team did before," says Jonathan Marchessault.

PHOTOS: Vegas Golden Knights work out with Cirque du Soleil

The Cirque du Soleil coaching team created a circuit specifically for the Knights to learn gymnastic basics, aerial skills, and even try juggling.

It's a team-up with "Las Vegas" written all over it.

"This is what makes our city so special to be able to go on these types of things, especially with your team," says Schmidt.

So how did the Knights do? We asked Cirque du Soleil's senior advisor, Dan Niehaus.

"I'll brief them at lunch that hockey is definitely their forte."

Cirque to perform at Golden Knights game Saturday

Following the workout this week, Cirque du Soleil will take the ice at the Vegas Golden Knights game against the Montreal Canadiens at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday. 

The audience will be treated to both the Canadian National Anthem performed by Zumanity singer Corinne Zarzour and the American National Anthem performed by Mystère singer Briana Rossi.

During the first intermission, the Cirque du Soleil production "Mystère" will perform a mesmerizing, high-flying aerial act that is sure to leave fans in awe. 

Blue Man Group Las Vegas will perform during the second intermission. The international entertainment phenomenon will perform “Drum Finale Throw Down,” a percussion piece adapted from their nightly show at Luxor Hotel and Casino.

Additionally, fans attending the game will have the opportunity to try “O” and KÀ virtual reality simulations that afternoon as well as take photos with the interactive Mystère billboard on the plaza for the full Cirque du Soleil experience.