Thursday, November 15, 2018

By Bethany Drysdale

Las Vegas – Last Night the Vegas Golden Knights secured a much needed 5-0 victory over the visiting Anaheim Ducks. It was a great time to be a Golden Knights fan. What made it more special was honoring veterans on Military Appreciation Night and my 2 year old son Blake saw his first NHL game. Through the kindness of a stranger, two tickets were purchased and donated to us. I am humbled and emotional to think a person we had never met would purchase seats in Section 17 where we could see the Golden Knights up close.

We sat on the edge of our seats taking in the beauty that is of the T-Mobile Arena. Watching our favorite goaltender, debuting his solid gold pads, made his career 412nd win was amazing. Cody Eakin scored two big goals. Alex Tuch and Nick Holden each had a goal and assist, and Tomas Hyka and Max Pacioretty contributed two assists. But as much as I tried to watch the game, I could not help but watch my little boy’s face. The awe and wonder of being in such an electric atmosphere is something I hope he always remembers. I cherished the one on one time with him. Time has a way of slipping away before we realize a moment has passed forever.

Hockey has a way of slowing that moment into a memory that lasts a lifetime.

I want to personally thank my personal donor for giving my son and me an opportunity of a lifetime. We had looked into going to game earlier this season but could not afford to do so. These are things, like last night, which are priceless in a young child’s life. I am humbled to have served my country and I am proud of that service. The sacrifices others have made far outnumber my own. There are still good people in this world, some of them wear the uniform of their country, others remain anonymous.