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Jesse Granger

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Jesse Granger is from Colorado and studied journalism at the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism at UNLV. Jesse covers the Golden Knights NHL team, boxing and a variety of other sports for the Las Vegas Sun and The Sunday.

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Golden Knights limiting attendance to practice
Friday, May 25, 2018
With the team vying for the Stanley Cup, Golden Knights practices at City National Arena have become events all of their own. Hundreds of fans now pour into the ...
Golden Knights' Schmidt brings elevated game to finals versus former team
Friday, May 25, 2018
Last season Nate Schmidt was one of the last defensemen on the bench for the Washington Capitals, playing only when necessary for depth and sometimes even being scratched from the lineup and watching the game from the rafters. Next week will be different ...
Top 10 magical moments from the Golden Knights' inaugural season ... so far
Thursday, May 24, 2018
Here’s a look at 10 moments that got us on our feet and dropped our jaws — the games and goals that were pivotal in the Knights’ unprecedented journey ...
Golden Knights to face Washington Capitals in Stanley Cup Final
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
After going through three heavy, physical teams in the Kings, Sharks and Jets, the Capitals will pose a slightly different challenge. Washington is much more similar to the Golden Knights in that it likes to play with speed and score in transition ...
Which team should Golden Knights fans root for in Game 7 of Eastern Conference Final?
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Wednesday night in Tampa Bay, the Lightning and Capitals will battle in a winner-take-all Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. The question now is, who should the ...
Stanley Cup Final schedule released: Golden Knights to open series May 28
Monday, May 21, 2018
The NHL announced the schedule for the Stanley Cup Final Monday night. The Golden Knights know when they'll be playing, they just don't know where or whom it will be against ...
Reaves an unlikely, but appropriate, hero for Golden Knights
Monday, May 21, 2018
When Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves stepped to the podium to speak with media after his game-winning goal to send Vegas to the Stanley Cup finals, he took the half-eaten piece of pizza from his mouth and joked, “I can’t believe you guys even had a name card for me.” Reaves isn’t the player anyone expected to be the hero of the ...
Golden Knights aren't concerned with hockey tradition — just winning
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Without a moment’s hesitation, Deryk Engelland skated up to it, posed for a picture and lifted the trophy off the table. He carried it in celebration through the tunnel ...
Video: 'Special group of guys' lead Golden Knights to Stanley Cup finals
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Vegas awaits the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Lightning and Capitals. “All of the work we’ve done, if we come up short it will mean ...
Golden Knights beat Jets 2-1 to move on to Stanley Cup Final
Sunday, May 20, 2018
The Golden Knights are headed to the Stanley Cup Final. A phrase that was inconceivable as recent as seven months ago seemed all but certain Sunday afternoon in Winnipeg ...
Clinching in Winnipeg will be a challenge for Golden Knights
Sunday, May 20, 2018
The Golden Knights need one more win to reach the Stanley Cup Final, but it won't be easy. With a 3-2 win Friday night at T-Mobile Arena Vegas took a commanding 3-1 series ...
Golden Knights' relentless, timely play has them one win from the Stanley Cup Final
Friday, May 18, 2018
When the Winnipeg Jets took the ice for pregame warm-ups for Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden Knights, there was something peculiar about the fans peering at them through the glass ...
The Golden Knights are one win away from the Stanley Cup finals following 3-2 win
Friday, May 18, 2018
Jets’ star defenseman Dustin Byfuglien whiffed on a shot at the point with the game tied 2-2 late in the third period, and Reilly Smith jumped on the puck...
Fleury's magical saves should be immortalized in gold
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Marc-Andre Fleury’s postseason has been one for the ages. If Vegas ends up winning it all, he’ll be a shoo-in for the Conn Smythe Trophy given to the most valuable player of the playoffs. His save percentage ...
Fleury leads Golden Knights to win, 2-1 series lead in conference finals
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Kyle Connor fed a puck across the Golden Knights crease to the stick of Mark Scheifele, and the Jets’ alternate captain fired it into the net to cut Vegas’ lead to one.
With series back in Las Vegas, 3 keys for Golden Knights to beat the Jets
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Ideally for the Golden Knights, tonight’s Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals against the Winnipeg Jets will go a lot like Saturday’s Game 1 — only in reverse ...
Feisty Marchessault wills Golden Knights to crucial win in Winnipeg
Monday, May 14, 2018
Golden Knights forward Jonathan Marchessault didn’t mince words after the Game 1 loss to the Jets on Saturday night. He told reporters the next game was a “must win” and that “we are going to show what kind of team we are.”
Golden Knights steal home ice from Jets with 3-1 win
Monday, May 14, 2018
Tomas Tatar, who has spent most of the postseason as a healthy scratch and had yet to score in his four playoff appearances, opened the scoring in the first ...
Enemy Territory: Winnipeg's hockey passion an obstacle for Knights
Monday, May 14, 2018
The streets in downtown Winnipeg are overflowing with passion for their hockey team. Any city with a team in the NHL conference finals would be excited on game day, but the passion and togetherness Saturday afternoon in Manitoba felt different. The type of togetherness where anyone walking on ...
Even after loss, Golden Knights confident for 'must-win' Game 2
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Winnipeg scored three goals in the first eight minutes and the Golden Knights never recovered. But there is reason to believe they will bounce back ...
Golden Knights fall to Jets, trail 1-0 in conference finals
Saturday, May 12, 2018
For the first time ever the Golden Knights trail in a best of seven playoff series. Fueled by a hot start, the Jets topped ...
3 keys for a Golden Knights win over Jets to reach the Stanley Cup final
Saturday, May 12, 2018
Vegas and Winnipeg open their Western Conference finals series at 4 p.m. today in Canada with the Golden Knights a small underdog to reach the Stanley Cup in ...
Golden Knights to face Winnipeg in Western Conference Finals
Thursday, May 10, 2018
“They’re a fast team and they have a lot of offense for sure. They have unbelievable players on that roster, and it will definitely be a tough task for sure."
Their team out, Pittsburgh fans rally behind Fleury, Golden Knights
Thursday, May 10, 2018
The Golden Knights’ legion of fans has grown exponentially this season, and Monday an entirely new trailer was hitched to the bandwagon. The Pittsburgh Penguins were eliminated from the playoffs for the first time in three years, and it didn’t take long for their fans to latch onto their next rooting interest — former longtime Penguins’ goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Pittsburgh’s chance at ...
Golden Knights unfazed about having to start next playoff series on road
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
It’s been a season of firsts for the Golden Knights, and now they approach another. For the first time in franchise history, Vegas will start a playoff series on the road. The Golden Knights had home-ice advantage in each of their first two series and took ...
Golden Knights warn fans of fake tickets ahead of conference finals
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Vegas experienced more than 20 fraudulent tickets through the first two rounds of the playoffs. The easiest way to identify fake tickets is if they are ...
Player depth will be key for Golden Knights in Western Conference Finals
Monday, May 7, 2018
Every day when Golden Knights finish practice the sound of pucks crashing against the glass and skates cutting through the ice lingers. It's the sound of ...
Video: Knights players discuss series win against San Jose
Sunday, May 6, 2018
With a 3-0 win over the Sharks Sunday night, Vegas closed out the 4-2 series win and is now only four wins away from the Stanley Cup ...
Golden Knights into conference finals with 3-0 win over Sharks
Sunday, May 6, 2018
The Golden Knights are eight wins away from lifting the Stanley Cup. Vegas finished off the Sharks with a convincing 3-0 win Sunday night ...
3 keys for a Golden Knights win in Game 6 at San Jose
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Vegas holds a 3-2 series lead, but neither team has won two straight games in the series. Could the Knights break that trend and ...
Golden Knights turn in another clutch performance, one win away from conference finals
Friday, May 4, 2018
Vegas raced out to a 4-0 lead before holding off a late comeback. Throughout the first 50 minutes of the game, the Golden Knights were dominant in the ...
Golden Knights take 3-2 series lead with 5-3 win over Sharks
Friday, May 4, 2018
The Golden Knights are one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Alex Tuch scored two goals and the Golden Knights withstood a late Sharks’ comeback ...
Series tied: Golden Knights eager to turn the page after ugly 4-0 loss
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
The team has about 45 hours between the end of the 4-0 drubbing and Game 5 in Las Vegas to get over it. Luckily for the Golden Knights, their next game is at T-Mobile Arena ...
Sharks shut Golden Knights out 4-0 to tie series 2-2
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
The Golden Knights were unable to beat Sharks goalie Martin Jones, falling 4-0 to even the series 2-2 Wednesday night in San Jose. Jones stopped all 34 Golden Knights' shots ...
For the Golden Knights, protecting playoff leads has proven problematic
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
The Golden Knights may lead San Jose 2-1 in their second-round best-of-seven series, but they’ve surrendered two-goal leads in each of the last two games. That’s an area of concern entering the fourth game of the series at 7 tonight. Vegas raced out to an early 2-0 lead in Game 2 before giving up three-straight goals in the ...
Karlsson reaches superstar status for Golden Knights with overtime winner
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Golden Knights forward William Karlsson’s spectacular season has often been dismissed as a fluke, but it’s time to stop ...
Karlsson delivers in overtime to give Golden Knights 2-1 series lead
Monday, April 30, 2018
The Golden Knights have stolen home ice advantage back for the second round of the playoffs. Vegas entered a crazed SAP Center in San Jose Monday night and emerged with a 4-3 ...
Game 3: Golden Knights must avoid penalty box in San Jose
Monday, April 30, 2018
Fresh off a gut-wrenching double overtime loss, the Golden Knights have to quickly turn their attention to the next game of their second-round series against the Sharks. That’s ...
Golden Knights' overturned goal flips momentum in favor of Sharks
Saturday, April 28, 2018
The decision to overturn the goal drastically affected the outcome of the game, and possibly the series. In their 28-year history the Sharks have never ...
Golden Knights fall to Sharks in controversial double-OT loss
Saturday, April 28, 2018
The Golden Knights came as close as you can come to winning a hockey game without actually winning it, Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena...
L.V. Lights suffer first loss; upset fans throw bottles onto field
Saturday, April 28, 2018
The Las Vegas Lights FC suffered its first loss in franchise history, 3-1 at the hands of San Antonio FC Friday night, but the real loss occurred in the stands of Cashman Field ...
Golden Knights playoff game is TV ratings gold
Friday, April 27, 2018
Nearly one of every five televisions turned on in Las Vegas Thursday night was tuned to the Golden Knights’ playoff game. It begs the question: What were the ...
'Every goal is like a party': Home ice a major advantage for Golden Knights
Thursday, April 26, 2018
The Golden Knights opened their second-round playoff series against the Sharks, scoring goals so rapidly the public ...
Golden Knights destroy Sharks in 7-0 blowout
Thursday, April 26, 2018
To say the Golden Knights blew the Sharks out of the water in game one of their second-round playoff series, would be downplaying the performance. Vegas made a statement with a 7-0 win over San Jose Thursday night at T-Mobile Arena...
Shark Season: Five keys for a Golden Knights victory against San Jose
Thursday, April 26, 2018
The Golden Knights, who swept the LA Kings in Round 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs, weren’t the only team to advance unscathed. The San Jose Sharks, the Golden Knights’ Western Conference semifinal opponent, also needed just four games to dispatch the Anaheim Ducks.
Golden Knights' Engelland embracing role in community, recognized for good works
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Deryk Engelland was the leader of the Golden Knights before the team played a meaningful game in Las Vegas. His speech prior to the Oct. 10 home opener ...
Golden Knights to play San Jose on Thursday in Las Vegas
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The Golden Knights will drop the puck for their second-round series against the San Jose Sharks at 7 p.m. Thursday at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas has waited a week for the announcement after sweeping the Los Angeles Kings 4-0 in the first round, which concluded April 17. The NHL has not announced ...
Golden Knights’ next series may have highest ticket prices in playoff history
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Not only are Golden Knights’ playoff games the hottest ticket in town; they’re the hottest ticket in the entire NHL. At an average of $691, according to TicketIQ, tickets on the secondary market for the Golden Knights’ second-round playoff games are the most expensive for this round since the company began tracking NHL ticket sales in 2011. The Golden Knights offered tickets to ...
Will the long layoff hurt the Golden Knights in the next playoff round?
Saturday, April 21, 2018
During the Golden Knights’ bye week in mid-January, Erik Haula posted a photo of himself and seven teammates relaxing on a boat in Mexico. General manager George McPhee joked ...
Gallant inspiring confidence, fueling Golden Knights playoff success
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Gallant’s player-friendly style has built a chemistry between a group of players that had never played together faster than anyone imagined possible ...

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