Las Vegas Golden Knights Honor Shooting Victims by Retiring Jersey No. 58
58: Always remember, never forget. #VegasStrong
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The Las Vegas Golden Knights hockey team has put together a tribute for the victims of Route 91 Harvest Festival that will last for the rest of the team's history.
The Knights — who entered the NHL with their inaugural 2017-2018 season — are doing their part in honoring the 58 people killed in a mass shooting in their city on Oct. 1, 2017. In a special ceremony on Saturday (March 31), the team retired the No. 58 jersey, meaning no player will ever brandish that number again.
They also unrolled a gold and purple banner with the words "Vegas Strong" written at the top and 58 golden stars patterned below, each of the victims' names written behind them — a longstanding tribute to the lives lost in the tragedy, which will be on display.
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Family members of Neysa Tonks, one of the 58 people shot dead in Vegas, were on hand at the ceremony as Golden Knights owner Bill Foley, team general manager George McPhee and defenseman Deryk Engelland presented the tribute banner.
"Tonight, we fly 58 stars in the sky as a reminder that the 58 will always be with us," the announcer remarked as the banner was pulled to the ceiling of Vegas' T-Mobile Arena. "May their light long shine."
Jason Aldean will be dedicating his 2018 album, Rearview Town, to the victims of the tragedy. The superstar was on stage when the shooting occurred, performing his headlining set on the final night of the festival.
"We did dedicate that record to the victims and the people that were there," he says. "That was just something I wanted to do on a personal note, for me."
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