NBC Sports to air special on Golden Knights’ incredible inaugural season

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The Vegas Golden Knights have been the biggest surprise the NHL has seen in quite some time. Many people still don’t understand how a team that was put together just a few months ago turned into one of the top squads in the league right away.

A lot of credit should go to general manager George McPhee and his staff for the work they did. Sure, the expansion rules were more favorable in 2017 than they had been in previous years, but they still had to make a team with what should have been the eighth best player on every roster.

William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, Reilly Smith, Erik Haula and others have all exceeded expectations during their first year in Vegas.

On top of all the challenges normal expansion teams face, the Golden Knights and the Vegas community also had to deal with a major tragedy very early on, when a gunman fired shots into a large crowd on the Las Vegas strip. That tragic event brought the team and the community closer together.

NBC Sports will take a deeper look at the journey the Golden Knights have been on all season with a television special called “Knight Fever”. This special will premiere on April 3 following the game between the Bruins and Lightning at 7:30 p.m. ET.

“This is an inspirational story of a franchise that continues to defy the longest of odds, whose unimaginable success helped lift a grieving community in the wake of an unspeakable tragedy,” said Mark Levy, Senior Vice President, Original Productions and Creative, NBC Sports Group. “Now on the cusp of history, the Golden Knights have undoubtedly become one of the greatest sports stories in recent memory, and this special captures their remarkable journey.”

You can check out the preview by clicking the video at the top of the page.

Joey Alfieri is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @joeyalfieri.