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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JUNE 14: Alex Tuch #89 of the Vegas Golden Knights waves to the crowd after the team's 4-1 victory against the Montreal Canadiens in Game One of the Stanley Cup Semifinals during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena on June 14, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

I’ve forever been jealous of people with hobbies.

Like, I desperately wish I had the makeup to just bounce out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs when the Bruins are done. I can’t do it. The closest I came was in 2012 with the Devils and Kings, and even then, I was checking the score every 30 minutes. But I refuse to watch baseball unless it’s by accident and I’m not known to go golfing unless it involves a large windmill and an arcade within 25 feet of the final hole.

So here I am, watching the final four of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and it didn’t take long for me to legitimately wonder if there’s any other rooting choice than the Vegas Golden Knights. At least for those of us in Boston.

The results, while not exactly scientific, didn’t steer me away from this thinking.

Let me make it clear: I have no problem rooting for the Golden Knights. In fact, that’s been my pick every time I’ve been ‘forced’ to broaden my horizons. I actually love watching this team play. They’re everything you want out of a contender. They can make high-end plays and deliver big hits at the same rate, they can win games 2-1 or 5-4, and their roster construct is one of the more fascinating ones in the NHL. Boston fans can certainly appreciate a Ryan Reaves as much as a Mark Stone.

The Golden Knights have also made their share of substantial upgrades through free agency or trade — Stone, Max Pacioretty, Alex Pietrangelo, and Robin Lehner are just some of the players they’ve acquired over the last two calendar years and change — but they still have some of that inaugural ‘Golden Misfit’ shine on their roster.

A Golden Knights championship is also the least ‘offensive’ to your Boston sensibilities, really, as the Bruins and Golden Knights play just two times a year. It’s not like you’re going to have to deal with that being rubbed in your face at every turn, so perhaps it’s not surprise that they earned almost 70 percent of the vote.

Also: Can’t help but wonder what kind of Cup championship shenanigans would be cooked up in Vegas. Oh, and quick shoutout to Dave Goucher, Shane Hnidy, and former Bruins PR do-it-all Eric Tosi. All great people who deserve nothing but success, so yeah, that is without a doubt who I wanna see raise the Cup when the dust settles on the 2021 season.


Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.