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Justin Emerson

Sports Reporter

Justin Emerson joined the Las Vegas Sun as its Golden Knights reporter in November 2018 after two years with the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He graduated from Arizona State University, where he covered the club hockey team and its transition to NCAA Division I. He has had previous bylines with Sports Illustrated,,, USA Hockey Magazine and the Arizona Republic.

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Vegas Play of the Day: Home Run Derby
Monday, July 8, 2019
The sixth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1 ...
First week of free agency proves uneventful for Golden Knights
George McPhee likes where team sits with salary-cap crunch clearing up
Saturday, July 6, 2019
It was a quiet first week of free agency for the Golden Knights. NHL teams collectively handed out more than $700 million via new contracts on the first day alone, yet the Golden Knights practically sat back and watched from their deck as all the big fish were ...

The Gusev Puzzle: How the Golden Knights could proceed with KHL star
Restricted free agent is biggest remaining question of Vegas’ offseason
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
The Golden Knights signed a talented Russian winger in April, leading most to naturally assume he would be a fixture in the lineup starting on opening night of the 2019-2020 season. Now the question is whether he’ll ever play for Vegas, given the team's salary-cap problem ...

Golden Knights sign new contracts with Nosek and Pirri, lose Carpenter, Bellemare
Monday, July 1, 2019
The Golden Knights announced the return of two players as free agency kicked off this morning across the NHL. The team announced new contracts today for forwards ...
Golden Knights won't be 'big-game hunting' in NHL free agency
Only a few roster question marks remain as NHL offseason hits critical juncture
Monday, July 1, 2019
Trading two proven veterans for prospects and picks is not standard procedure for a team with Stanley Cup aspirations. But the Golden Knights didn’t have much of a choice last week, when ...
A week at the rink: Six thoughts as Golden Knights development camp closes
Updates on Cody Glass, the goalie of the future and more
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Golden Knights development camp has come and gone, meaning the next time the team will have any on-ice action will be during training camp in September. ...
Golden Knights to finish off development camp with one final scrimmage
Cody Glass lived up to the hype in brief game-type appearance
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Every coach says some version of the same thing: They can watch players in drills all day but can’t truly evaluate without game action. ...

Golden Knights deal Colin Miller to Sabres in latest cap-spurred move
Vegas gets back future draft picks in second trade this week
Friday, June 28, 2019
The next domino in the Vegas Golden Knights’ quest to get under the salary cap fell Friday afternoon, as the team reportedly traded defenseman Colin Miller to ...
Plenty of college-bound players populate Golden Knights’ development camp
Record amount of NCAA players went in the NHL Entry Draft last week
Friday, June 28, 2019
Layton Ahac experienced what many young Canadian hockey players dream about by getting drafted by a major junior league team a few hours from his hometown. ...

Big and bruising? Golden Knights break from stereotype in development camp
Nicolas Hague could be the biggest player on Vegas’ roster next year
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Vegas has some big players, but it plays a game more predicated on speed and skill. However, more bruisers might be on the way ...

Salary cap issues still loom for Golden Knights despite strong draft
Thursday, June 27, 2019
Vegas Golden Knights fans who hoped to come out of this summer’s NHL Entry Draft with more clarity on the team’s roster heading into the 2019-20 season were likely disappointed. Vegas still had as many questions at the conclusion of the draft June 22 as it did at the end of this past season, namely: The Golden Knights are still over the salary cap, a situation many thought they would address through draft-day trades.
Golden Knights trade Erik Haula to Hurricanes for prospect, draft pick
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The Golden Knights needed to make some trades to get under the salary cap. That started Wednesday night. The Golden Knights traded forward Erik Haula to Carolina ...
Young veterans of Golden Knights development camp lend steady presence
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
It's a first chance to show the Golden Knights brass what they've got — for most of them anyway. Eyes are always on the newcomers at development camp, which began Tuesday at City National Arena and runs daily through Saturday ...
Golden Knights’ Karlsson couldn’t see playing anywhere else
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
There was a William Karlsson play two years ago that caught Golden Knights general manager George McPhee’s eye. It was March 31, 2018, the between-the-legs-goal game against the San Jose Sharks that ...
Golden Knights release regular-season schedule
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
The Golden Knights released their regular-season schedule today, with games starting Oct. 2 against the San Jose Sharks and ending April 4 against the Vancouver Canucks. The Golden Knights will open the ...
Golden Knights officially sign Karlsson to 8-year contract extension
Monday, June 24, 2019
The Swedish forward has long said he wanted a long-term deal, and the Golden Knights echoed that sentiment. The deal has concessions on both sides ...
Reports: Golden Knights sign William Karlsson to long-term contract
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Golden Knights fans woke up Sunday to multiple reports that William Karlsson had agreed to a max-length extension to remain with the team through the 2027 season ...

Golden Knights address a number of needs on second day of NHL Entry Draft
Vegas trades up to select Kaedan Korczak in the second round
Saturday, June 22, 2019
The Golden Knights went with the best player available in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft last night. Today, they went with variety. Vegas used its seven selections Saturday to grab two sizable centers, two defensive stoppers, two sniping wingers and ...

Golden Knights select forward Peyton Krebs in first round of NHL draft
Friday, June 21, 2019
The Golden Knights anxiously watched Friday night as the NHL Entry Draft unfolded. Needing a forward, they saw more defensemen go early than projected ...
Fitting opponent: Golden Knights open next season with two games against Sharks
Friday, June 21, 2019
The Golden Knights took fewer than two seasons to develop a hated rival. Last year’s first-round playoff series with the San Jose Sharks had everything ...
Golden Knights could be major player at NHL Draft with bounty of picks
Vegas may eye a center with 17th overall pick in tonight’s first round
Friday, June 21, 2019
For as much as the Golden Knights have their sights on winning now, they still must maintain a long-term vision for the franchise ...
NHL to expand video review after botched calls during playoffs
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Hockey fans calling for expanded replay are getting their wish. The NHL on Thursday announced a series of rule changes, which include reviews on major penalties and expanded coaches' challenges. The new rules will go into effect next season ...
Golden Knights shut out of NHL Awards; Las Vegas product Zucker nabs honor
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
A Golden Knight may not have brought home any hardware at the NHL Awards, but Las Vegas didn’t go home empty-handed from the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Mark Stone the lone Golden Knights chance at NHL Awards
Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Stone, who came to the Golden Knights at the trade deadline from the Ottawa Senators, led the NHL in takeaways with 122, which was 22 more than the second-place finisher ...
Golden Knights preseason starts Sept. 15 at home against Coyotes
Monday, June 17, 2019
With hockey season fewer than three months away, the Golden Knights on Tuesday released their schedule for rookie camp and seven preseason games, including ...
UNLV’s Cody Williams to play hockey in France
Thursday, June 13, 2019
He was born here, raised here and played his college hockey here. Now, Cody Williams is heading overseas to play professional hockey. UNLV hockey announced today that captain Cody Williams has signed a contract with ...
Golden Knights and Raiders to face off at Las Vegas Ballpark for charity
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Reilly Smith is awfully happy to have batting practice on Friday. The Golden Knights forward is trading skates for spikes on Saturday, when Smith will captain a team of his Vegas teammates against NFL Hall of Famer Marcus Allen and a ...
Las Vegas has the 'ingredients necessary to support an MLS team'
Monday, June 10, 2019
Las Vegas has become a landing spot for professional sports development in the past two years with unprecedented investment in new teams and facilities ...
In quest to reach big leagues, Jake Hager cherishes series at home in Las Vegas
Sunday, June 9, 2019
Missions manager Rick Sweet told Hager last week he would be playing all four games in Las Vegas and saw his face light up ....
The Mayor of Cashman: Hometown product Thomas Olsen anchors the Lights in net
Saturday, June 8, 2019
Thomas Olsen stepped off the Cashman Field pitch after an early-season game and walked to a crowd of more than 30 cheering friends and family who had come to watch him play. That’s when the Las Vegas Lights’ 24-year-old goalie realized the magnitude of being a hometown star.
Playoff run for Golden Knights minor leaguers like having 'additional season'
Saturday, June 8, 2019
The Golden Knights' George McPhee knows a thing or two about a successful AHL squad. Few teams have translated the players on a Calder Cup champion into NHL talent as well as ...
Major League Soccer wants to hear more about Las Vegas plan
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Soccer fans in Las Vegas weren’t the only ones paying attention to Wednesday’s City Council vote regarding the possibility of bringing Major League Soccer to town. MLS released a statement today saying ...
MLS to Las Vegas? The process of luring a top soccer league
Thursday, June 6, 2019
MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in April that Las Vegas will be one of the cities considered, but so are Charlotte, Detroit and Phoenix. Once Renaissance and the city agree to a plan for a stadium, they will submit a bid ...
Las Vegas OKs talks for Major League Soccer stadium
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
The Las Vegas City Council passed a resolution today to start negotiations with a developer to build a Major League Soccer stadium as part of a mixed-use development at the downtown Cashman Center site. The city and Renaissance Companies Inc. now have 180 days to discuss financing for a stadium and ...
Three with ties to Las Vegas picked early in MLB Draft
Monday, June 3, 2019
It was a good day for Las Vegas area baseball players at the MLB Draft on Monday ...
Demolition begins for Golden Knights arena in Henderson
Monday, June 3, 2019
Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland took his spot on the platform, played with a puck for a moment then fired it at a piece of glass, shattering it in front of a cheering crowd. The shot kicked off demolition this morning of the downtown Henderson Convention Center, which the team is converting into ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Padres vs. Phillies
Monday, June 3, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1 ...
'Jeopardy!' champ James Holzhauer talks strategy during event at Caesars Palace
Friday, May 31, 2019
Even when James Holzhauer was 13 years old, it was obvious he was going to be a gambler. He always seemed to know who was going to win sporting events, and lamented to his dad that he couldn’t trade stocks of sports teams to at least make a ...
Three years after graduating from local high schools, Las Vegans poised to go high in MLB Draft
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Ryne Nelson swears he’s not thinking about Monday, June 3. No one would blame him if he was because it’s a day every baseball player dreams about yet few actually get to experience. The University of Oregon right-handed relief pitcher and Basic Academy graduate looks like one of the lucky ones. He could be ...
Las Vegas considering stadium for Major League Soccer team
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Las Vegas is taking another stab at bringing Major League Soccer to the city. The Las Vegas City Council will consider a proposal next week to enter into a negotiating agreement for a downtown stadium and to make a pitch to the MLS to turn the Las Vegas Lights FC into ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Twins vs. Brewers
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun’s sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...
Camp a chance to see future Golden Knights
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Four weeks from today, hockey comes back to Las Vegas. The Golden Knights announced today that development camp will run June 25 to 29 at City National Arena. A full roster will ...
Here's one way the Golden Knights can solve their salary cap dilemma
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
It’s no secret that the Golden Knights find themselves in a salary cap crunch for next season. Remarkably, Vegas is already over next year’s cap before the offseason even officially begins, so it’s going to take some ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Twins at Angels
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun’s sports staff is now under way, effective July 1. ...
Henderson unveils rendering of planned ice skating center
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
The Henderson City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an agreement with the Golden Knights to build an indoor ice skating center in downtown Henderson. The city also unveiled an artist's rendering of the $25 million facility ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Warriors vs. Trail Blazers
Thursday, May 16, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now underway, effective July 1. ...
Is Golden Knights' Nick Holden a buyout candidate?
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
The Golden Knights could keep defenseman Nick Holden or they could trade him. They could also look at his production last year and decide to move on from his contract, either by burying it in the AHL or making him the first buyout in team history ...
Vegas Play of the Day: Warriors vs. Trail Blazers
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
The fifth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now underway, effective July 1. ...
Golden Knights star power delivers for advertisers in Las Vegas market
Monday, May 13, 2019
You’ve probably seen the ad by now. Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves obliterates some poor dude in his yard and tells him to change his watering clock. The 15-second commercial by the Southern Nevada Water Authority has more than 66,000 views on Twitter, not to mention all the impressions from ...
NCAA to consider Las Vegas for future Frozen Four, committee chairman says
Friday, May 10, 2019
The NCAA said it would consider Las Vegas as a host site, and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority confirmed that not only is it interested in hosting a Frozen Four or regional, it is going through ...