Golden Knights Broadcaster Dan D'Uva Joined Mike Francesa

Stanley Cup Finals Game 1 Is Monday in Las Vegas

Mike Francesa
May 25, 2018 - 6:52 pm

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The Stanley Cup Finals begin Monday night as the Washington Capitols got the monkey off their back and the Vegas Golden Knights are going to the Finals in their first season...ever. Golden Knights play-by-play broadcaster Dan D'Uva joined Mike Francesa on WFAN Friday afternoon. 

It's been a special season for the expansion team that nobody expected to be this good and make a Stanley Cup Finals in their debut year. How did this even happen? 

"The group texts that the players set up when they arrived here was titled 'The Golden Misfits.' All the players had this chip on their shoulder that they were misfits, castoffs from their previous NHL teams," D'Uva told WFAN's Mike's On Friday. "Even after the expansion draft, this was not expected to be a very good team. A lot of people still had them in the bottom five. There's some names you have never heard of and I have never heard of." 

This is new for Vegas. They will now have a home team playing home games for a championship. The feeling there is special.

"Everybody is talking about it. This is different," D'Uva said. "UNLV all those games were on the road. The NCAA Tournament was not played here. All the fights, the people rooting are split. Here, everybody is rooting for the same team. You have the community here that has gotten behind it. It's everywhere. It's unbelievable." 

The hype is real and the crowds are packed. In fact, the T-Mobile Arena has been over capacity for all the playoff games.

"Every game is 1,000 over capacity," said D'Uva. "People are buying tickets with no seat and no view of the ice. There are bars and clubs around the arena where you can physically get in, but you have to watch the game on a screen. The last game was 18,600 and change. Again, the capacity is 17,400. It's nuts."

The arena will be louder than ever when Game 1 goes down in Las Vegas Monday at 8 P.M. ET. You can listen to the entire interview above.