[Video] This Week's Slap Shot: Talking About the Vegas Golden Knights

NHL Jul 09, 2020

Time for a new show!

Last night, we recorded our second show, "Slap Shot," which will be a weekly here at the site.

Our debut show last week focused on the NHL playoffs and issues associated with the games resuming.  That program featured two Canadian guests.  WATCH HERE

This week, we're talking about the Vegas Golden Knights with two members of the American hockey media.  We also analyzed both conferences as the anticipation builds for playoff hockey.

My two guests were outstanding.  Both are Vegas Golden Knights beat writers and dedicated journalists who have insider info and have covered the team since the first game during the inaugural season, three years ago:

Joe Pane

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, in an Italian  family, the importance of loyalty and strong family values was instilled  in him from an early age. Joe’s loyalty to hockey started when his dad  brought him to his first NHL game at Madison Square Garden when he was  nine years old. He was a New York Rangers season-ticket holder his  entire time in New York City and he played recreationally for the  Bricktown, New Jersey, league.

Along with hockey, Joe  always had a love for numbers, but three years into an accounting  degree, he realized that a life behind a desk wouldn’t satisfy him and  he traded his calculator for a gun and a badge. Joe served as a Brooklyn  police officer for 16 years until he was injured in the line of duty.  After that, he combined his law-enforcement skills with his passion for  hockey by providing player security for the New York Rangers during  their run to a Stanley Cup win in 1994.

After moving  to Vegas, a different form of numbers started calling his name. Reading  Lawrence Revere’s Playing Blackjack as a Business launched him on a new  career. He won more than $1 million in tournaments and was ranked the  number-one blackjack tournament player in the country in 2007-2008. He  appeared on the television series “The World Series of Blackjack” in  2004 and the Ultimate Blackjack Tour episode, “Superstars of Poker vs.  Superstars of Blackjack,” in 2008.

Joe shared his  gambling knowledge on Vegas radio, co-hosting local shows, including  three years on “The Mark Hoke Show” on poker, “Be In Action” with  Ken Einiger for two years, “Kings vs Queens” with Lupe Soto on poker,  and “Vegas Banter” with Mark Hernandez. He also penned a monthly column  for Blackjack Insider magazine and one called “House Of Pane” for All In  poker magazine.

Through all of this, his love of  hockey remained strong. In Joe’s 18 years in Vegas, he was a  season-ticket holder for the defunct Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team and  still plays in the Men’s League at the Las Vegas Ice Center and various  pickup hockey games across the Vegas valley.

Joe is  thrilled to see hockey in the desert and to have the opportunity to  document the greatest expansion team in sports history.

Joe has also written a book called Vegas Golden Knights "How a first-year expansion team healed Las Vegas and shocked the Hockey world" which chronicles the amazing inaugural season of the Vegas Golden  Knights right up to falling 3 games short of the Stanley Cup, Joe has  covered the VGK since day 1and writes a column called Knights On Ice for Las Vegas Advisor.com which is published after every VGK game including post-game videos with the players

Eddie Rivkin

Eddie is a 50+ year Red Wing fan suffering through the Dead Wing years and watching them hoist 4 Stanley Cups. He has lived in Las Vegas for 30 years and for the last 3 shared his allegiance between the Red Wings and the Golden Knights, except when they play each other when he roots for the Wings.   Eddie was a prolific goal scorer as a Mite in 1971 and scored 5 goals in his very first game. He was hampered by his inability to take a hand off his stick and registered a record number of cross-checking penalties for a 6-year-old. Eddie was so prolific at cross checking that as a Squirt his coach moved him to Defenseman from Center. Eddie continued to play defense for the rest of his years on skates racking up penalties and pulling sweaters over opponent’s heads before punching them.   Eddie currently writes for thehockeywriters.com covering all things Vegas Golden Knights. Previously he was a guest columnist on Joe Pane’s column on the Las Vegas Advisor.

Watch the entire program here, which runs about 27 minutes:

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