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Golden Knights Will Place Fans’ Hats Tossed on Ice from Karlsson Historic Hat Trick on Display



If you tossed your hat onto the T-Mobile Arena ice when Vegas Golden Knights forward William Karlsson scored his third goal today for the team’s first-ever hat trick, know that your headgear will be part of Golden Knights lore.



The team scooped up the few hundred hats, stuffed them in a big plastic garbage bag and will put them in a place of honor to be determined. All those caps will be on display, so if you threw your hat from your seat you just might see it again one day when the team picks a place to display the hats.


From the Vegas Golden Knights Twitter account, Karlsson and the bag of hats.


“I hope they go to something good,” Karlsson told after the Golden Knights defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, 6-3, during a 12:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve game.



In the NHL, sometimes the hats that are tossed onto the ice when a player scores a hat trick are donated to charity or just thrown out.


But the first-year Golden Knights recognized the historic nature of the caps that came flying onto the ice when Karlsson dove, swung his stick and made solid contact with the puck to propel the puck into an empty net with less than two minutes remaining in the game.


“I really wanted that goal,” Karlsson told


Check out the Las Vegas media scrum around “Wild Bill” after his big night. ( notes that Wild Bill is actually an ironic nickname and doesn’t describe his personality — at least what he shows of it to the media — because Karlsson acts rather mellow and laid back with reporters.


Coach Gerard Gallant — when not saying the team needs “to play one game at a time” — was impressed with Karlsson’s effort for the third goal.


“He made an unbelievable effort,” Gallant told the assembled media after the game.


The Golden Knights, always looking to generate revenues, announced a 10 percent off discount for fans buying hats in the Armory team store after the game at T-Mobile Arena.


Fans appreciated the hats that came raining down on the ice.


Golden Knights fan Alex Velez said he saw Maple Leaf fans in the lower bowl pick up hats that were tossed from the upper bowl and throw those hats onto the ice.


“That was so classy,” Velez’s buddy, Golden Knights fan Joshua Dufner, said.


The hat trick gives Karlsson 20 goals for the season.


And after the game at his locker, he pointed out, “Anyone can be a hero.”




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Alan Snel brings decades of sports-business reporting experience to Snel covered the business side of sports for the South Florida (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel, the Tampa Tribune and Las Vegas Review-Journal. As a city hall beat reporter, Snel also covered stadium deals in Denver and Seattle. In 2000, Snel launched a sport-business website for called After reporting sports-business for the RJ, Snel wrote hard-hitting stories on the Raiders stadium for the Desert Companion magazine in Las Vegas and The Nevada Independent. Snel is also one of the top bicycle advocates in the country.

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