(Photo by Jared Bayer/Vegas Knights of The Roundtable)

Reno–Vegas Golden Knights fans in Reno came out to kick off Hot August Nights 2018 during stop number one of the VGKRoadTrip.

Reno has been the hosting site for Hot August Nights since August 1, 1986 during an event headlined by the Righteous Brothers, Wolfman Jack, and Jan & Dean. This also brought back the days of the birth of Rock & Roll music and nostalgia for cars.

This year marked the 32nd Anniversary of Hot August Nights in Reno, NV for 2018.

For the Golden Knights, this marked the first time in their franchise history making the trip up to “The Biggest Little City in the World” Reno, NV to engage and connect with hockey fans in Northern Nevada.

Hockey fans in the hundreds from the Northern Nevada region came out today and showed their support for the Golden Knights wearing their #VegasBorn gear that included t-shirts, hats, and hockey sweaters.

The great folks of the Atlantis Casino & Resort were handing out specialty marked wine glasses, collapsible water coolers, and custom water bottles to Golden Knights fans to take home as a gesture of thanks for coming out today.

In addition with the support by the Atlantis Casino staff, both local based Reno sporting franchises the Aces and 1868 FC brought out their mascots for the event.

For those who don’t know the official name of the Reno Aces Minor League Baseball organization mascot is name is Archie while the Reno 1868 FC’s is called Truckee.

(August 6, 2018, Vegas Golden Knights mascot Chance with Reno Aces Archie and Reno 1868 FC’s Truckee with a young hockey fan. Photo by Jared Bayer/Vegas Knights of The Roundtable)

Golden Knights fans that came out to today’s event had the opportunity in picking up some special VGKRoadTrip merchandise. The team had t-shirts (VGKRoadTrip style), hats, and stickers for hockey fans to get their hands on to add to their current VGK collection of team merchandise.

Golden Knights play by play television voice with AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain Dave Goucher was on hand today as a special guest interacting with hockey fans during the Reno stop as they were sharing their stories and love of this great sport that has taken Nevada by storm.

Golden Knights fans lined up today getting their opportunities in meeting defenseman Brad Hunt and it didn’t matter if the weather was hot during the opening of “Hot August Nights 2018”.

They were excited to see a member of the 2018-19 Golden Knights hockey team.

(August 6, 2018, A massive line of hockey fans meeting defenseman Brad Hunt at today’s VGKRoadTrip event at Atlantis Casino during Hot August Nights 2018. Photo by Jared Bayer/Vegas Knights of The Roundtable)

Golden Knights Defenseman Brad Hunt Autograph Signing

After today’s event, we had the chance to catch up with Golden Knights defenseman Hunt on his fan experience was like during the first stop on the 2018 VGKRoadTrip.

“It’s been incredible to see the passion and support we got up it’s really cool to witness and I’m happy to be here and say hi to everyone.” Said Hunt.

For Hunt this was not his first trip to“The Biggest Little City in the World”.

“It was a long time ago when I was a younger kid, my family came up here it was fun and I’m happy to be back.”  Hunt says.

With Reno being the only stop on the trip without a local ice skating and hockey facility there is one that is potentially in the works with the folks at Greater Reno Community Ice Skating Association.

As a professional hockey player that Hunt is he understands the importance of having local access to a practice facility in the community as key in the developmental process.

“I love it, whenever you get a chance to grow the game and it starts with a hockey rink and I think it’s something really important not only to develop hockey, it’s to give every kid a chance to play and I think really important, it’s a fun thing for kids to have and I think everyone should get a chance to play hockey.” Hunt on the future Reno Ice facility.

The potential upcoming Reno Ice facility is slated to be equipped with two sheets of ice in a configuration similar to the official Golden Knights Practice Facility “City National Arena” in Summerlin.

As of right now, the only two facilities in the Reno market region is South Lake Tahoe and Roseville, CA. Both locations are an hour to two hours drive.

The teams next stop on this year’s VGKRoadTrip is Boise, ID where they will be at the Idaho IceWorld where they will conduct a hockey clinic from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Hockey fans will get the chance to meet defenseman Jon Merrill and speak with television play by play announcer Goucher at that event.

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