BILLINGS — The Vegas Golden Knights made stop No. 2 on their third annual summer camp tour in Billings Tuesday morning, hosting more than 100 kids for a free hockey camp at Centennial Ice Arena.
The NHL club has held clinics in Montana each year, but this was the Knights' first stop in Billings. Players and staff brought kids into the rink for a skills demonstration, followed by full-on games, and that's what had defenseman Jake Bischoff excited.
"I think it's just love-of-the-game today. You know, just come out here and enjoy the game," Bischoff said of the camp's goal. "Playing games like they are today, have some fun, joke around with their buddies, I'm sure that's the main point to get across."
This year's tour started Monday in Idaho Falls and continues to Casper, Wyoming and St. George, Utah by the end of the week, all places that broadcast Golden Knights home games on ROOT Sports.
"I think it's important to get out of that bubble a little bit and go to places that are far beyond Vegas, see people that love the team and watch the team and maybe aren't able to get down to Vegas to see a game, but they're able to connect tangibly first-hand with days like this," said team broadcaster Dave Goucher.