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08-16-2018, 04:32 AM
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Pierre-Edouard Bellemare didn’t know what to do as he browsed in the grocery store. Fans were admiring the native Frenchman and center for the Vegas Golden Knights http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/a...nds-jersey , but he had become star-struck himself.

”I’m pretty sure I saw Steffi Graf,” Bellemare said. ”I was on the phone with my mom, and I was like (gasps for air). I walked right behind her. I didn’t say anything, too shy.”

Just your random day away from the bright lights of Vegas in Summerlin, roughly 20 minutes from The Strip. And Bellemare loves his new surroundings.

”Going to your grocery shop, everything is kind of convenient,” Bellemare said. ”You get a habit of getting your routine done simple. Right now, with the newborn, the weather and the pool has been something we’ve been enjoying quite a lot.”

Many members of the Golden Knights had no idea what living in Las Vegas would entail when they were selected in the expansion draft for the fledgling team. In less than a year, however, they’ve found their new home is much more than casinos and glitzy shows.

Jonathan Marchessault said he enjoys a night out with his wife, either attending a show or having dinner at one of the many resorts on The Strip, but he also enjoys taking his kids to the team’s practice facility to skate, or to swimming lessons when time permits. The team, after all, has made a historic run to the Stanley Cup Final, with Game 1 at home coming up Monday night against the Washington Capitals.

”Like everybody what they think DJ Moore Panthers Jersey , you think of The Strip, you think of all the nightlife and everything but there’s a lot more,” Marchessault said. ”There’s actually a lot of people living here and the community where we live, it’s unbelievable. The people are nice and respectful. I’ve been in a few cities in my career and this is definitely one of the classiest places.”

David Perron, who admitted he too was surprised that life existed away from Las Vegas Boulevard, said he recently enjoyed showing his visiting parents Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

”You grow up and all you hear about Vegas is The Strip and just think that’s what it is, there’s nothing else to see,” Perron said. ”It’s pretty eye-opening to see outside of it.”

Coach Gerard Gallant reiterated his players’ sentiments, having become a local celebrity right along with them.

”I told the people the other day if I keep coming here and you’re gonna pay for my breakfast I’m not coming back,” Gallant said with a laugh. ”They’re great people and they’re a lot of fun. Everybody recognizes you and I didn’t really expect that. Myself and my wife, we love Vegas, it’s been awesome. We go to The Strip anytime you want to go there, you go down there for dinner, but besides that we’re out here in Summerlin and we love it.”

Some of the younger players, like roommates Shea Theodore and Alex Tuch, don’t mind taking advantage of the spectacles and endless events that Sin City has to offer.

”The shows are unbelievable,” Tuch said. ”I’ve met a couple of the cast (members) Mike Gesicki Youth Jersey , I met Criss Angel, there’s deejays and artists coming in and out of the city, so I’ve met a lot of cool people like that. The food is fantastic around here. And if you get away from the city you can play on some really nice golf courses too, which I like to do.”

Said Theodore: ”I think my favorite part about Vegas is the different kinds of food you can get. We’ve been very lucky to have some good connections with a lot of restaurants in town. Rooming with Tuchy, he’s got some good connections.”

General manager George McPhee said he’s come to appreciate the maturity of the players as they adapted to living in Las Vegas, with all the temptations and distractions.

”It’s a high-character group,” McPhee said. ”We don’t want a bunch of clones, we’ve never wanted a bunch of clones, either in the front office or anywhere else in the organization. They’re all different, they have different lifestyles at home. There’s something for everyone to do in Vegas, so they do what they do. But when we come to the rink that’s where they become one.”



More Stanley Cup coverage: Patrick Mahomes II could have spent his offseason just about anywhere, back home in Texas perhaps, or maybe even some exotic locale befitting a 20-something starting quarterback in the NFL.

Instead, Mahomes spent it in Kansas City.

Deeply immersed in Kansas City.

He showed up wearing his Chiefs jersey to read "Oh the Places You Will Go" to a group of children at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum. He hung out with fans at a Jason Aldean concert at the downtown Sprint Center.

He wore a cutoff jersey from the T-Bones, a local independent minor league baseball team, and a pair of jorts while attending the NASCAR race at Kansas Speedway. And he threw out the first pitch when the Royals played the New York Yankees at Kauffman Stadium.

Throw in the dozens of times fans have bumped into Mahomes at restaurants or on the street, usually documented on social media accounts Youth Isaac Yiadom Jersey , and it would be safe to call him a man about town.

"I mean, the fans come out every single week and show passion and love for us and our team and what we're doing here," Mahomes said, "so for me, I want to be back in the community, giving back. And just be a part of it, to show the same love and passion to them."

That earnestness is refreshing in the modern NFL, where large chasms have come to separate players from fans. Rarely do the biggest stars stick around town in the offseason, and even more rarely do players willingly embrace being part of the community.

Just this week, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown bemoaned the constant attention he receives, and the fact that he can't even work out without people showing up and bothering him.

Mahomes would prefer people show up to work out with him.

The way he's embraced living in Kansas City is not unlike the way Eric Hosmer and the rest of the Royals embraced the city during their back-to-back World Series runs. They would frequently pop up at local bars and buy a round for the entire place, even celebrating among the fans during playoff triumphs.

Maybe it's something unique about Kansas City.

More likely, it's something unique about those individuals.

The way Mahomes has engrossed himself in the city hasn't been lost on the fanbase, either. He's only started one game, a Week 17 win over Denver with nothing on the line, and has yet to really prove himself as a legitimate NFL starting quarterback. But he's become one of the most popular players on the team, and his No. 15 jersey is one of the hottest sellers at local sporting goods stores.

Nor has it been lost on his teammates http://www.buccaneersauthorizedshops.com...ead-jersey , who rave about the way the 22-year-old Mahomes has taken on the leadership role that Alex Smith once held, even though he's one of the youngest guys in the locker room.

"He's always been confident. From the time I've known him, he's been confident," said safety Eric Berry, one of the Chiefs' elder statesmen. "He's been sure of himself and he's came out and made plays, so nothing's really changed. Just now he's with the ones (starters)."

Well, that's a big change. The Chiefs have playoff aspirations this season, and whether they extend their streak of back-to-back AFC West titles will largely fall on Mahomes' shoulders.

"He's just going in there with confidence, talking with everybody, making the calls and staying on top of things," running back Kareem Hunt said. "He really wants to win and be a good quarterback."

That's the next crucial step for Mahomes: Showing he can win games.

It's one thing for Mahomes to be a man among the people, popping up all over town and snapping photos and signing autographs until every fan is content.

It's quite another to keep them happy by performing well on the field, where even the most popular players get lambasted after bad games.

Smith went 50-26 as the starter in Kansas City and many fans couldn't wait for him to leave.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid doesn't seem concerned about the pressure getting to the Chiefs' first-round pick from last year's draft. He points out that Mahomes had an entire year to learn the ropes, and that he has not only absorbed the Chiefs' vast playbook but broken down every nuance of it.

"He's phenomenal," Reid said. "He's got great leadership. He loves playing. He's absorbing everything and now he's just got to do it. He's got to just go practice and work through it and massage each play and see how it works against these different coverages and he's so willing. That's the part you appreciate."

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