Las Vegas is the proud new owner of the NHL’s Stanley Cup, and we will give you one guess where it was spotted over the weekend…Vegas baby!
The city has had quite an eventful week, to say the least. The Las Vegas Knights team defeated the Florida Panthers in Game 5, 9-3, and won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. Of course, the team has since been spotted toting their honored trophy at all of the city’s hottest hangouts.
On Saturday evening, right after the team’s triumphant championship parade shut down the Las Vegas Strip, the Knights knew exactly where they had to go. The team hopped onto their bus and headed straight to their favorite resort, Circa Las Vegas! The hotspot trip was complete with a police escort for the buzzing Stanley Cup champions, where they planned to indulge in a meal at the renowned celebrity hangout and steakhouse, Barry’s Downtown Prime.
It’s a tradition that wherever the champs go, the Stanley Cup follows. Witnesses inside the popular Downtown Vegas casino tell us, as the hotel lobby doors of Circa swung open, all attention immediately shifted to the Vegas Golden Knights. Fans came to a standstill, awestruck by the sight of the team and the coveted Stanley Cup. The entire team happily waved at the crowd as they cruised down the casino escalator to the official steakhouse of the Vegas Golden Knights.
As always, the celebrity appearance at Circa was guided by casino executive Richard Wilk, where the Knights were greeted with an expansive and exquisite private dining area. The team members, accompanied by their significant others and family members, as they sat down together to relish a memorable and exclusive dinner experience.
The best part…the Vegas Golden Knights not only brought the Stanley Cup but also its esteemed companions: the Conn Smythe Trophy and the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl. Positioned prominently in the heart of the dining room, this rare display of all three prestigious trophies created a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity, capturing the essence of triumph and achievement.
As guests arrived, they were warmly welcomed with champagne adorned with VGK branding. The specialty menu they received held a significant message at the very top: “2023 Stanley Cup Champions – Vegas Golden Knights.” This exclusive keepsake symbolized the team’s remarkable accomplishment.
In an unforgettable moment, Circa CEO/Owner Derek Stevens and his wife, Nicole, seized the opportunity to pose for an extraordinary photo. They posed alongside the entire Vegas Born team, forming an awe-inspiring image around the three most coveted awards in NHL history. Afterward, the owners of Barry’s Downtown Prime- Chef Barry S. Dakake, Yassine Lyoubi, and Marco Cicione, also eagerly joined the Knights and their shiny companions for an epic photo.
The group visited the famous kitchen, where culinary magic happens. Among those present were VGK captain Mark Stone, Jonathan Marchessault, and Zach Whitecloud, the team’s defensive stalwart, who proudly hoisted the Stanley Cup. In this cherished moment, the trio posed alongside the head chef/restaurant namesake, Chef Barry Dakake, before he pulled in the rest of the staff for an awesome group photo.
Following their kitchen escapade, the group proceeded to the bar area within the restaurant. Here, teammates, their family members, and even Chef Barry himself took turns raising the championship trophy, sharing in the joy and celebration.
Jonathan “Conny Marchy” Marchessault took center stage in the steakhouse, proudly posing with his MVP trophy. William “Wild Bill” Karlsson was excitedly waving his Swedish flag alongside his family and friends. Many champagne toasts were had (don’t worry – the spraying portion was complete beforehand at the parade).
As you know, Circa Las Vegas is renowned for attracting an array of famous faces from athletes, actors, musicians, etc, but this is a special one!