This morning on Pat McAfee’s hugely popular show, Vegas Golden Knights forward Jack Eichel appeared on the show to discuss a wide variety of topics, from his time at Buffalo to growing up of the game of hockey in the United States, and closed it with a bet of $100,000. that Eichel would score a hat trick in the final game of the season. The winnings, of course, go to a charity chosen by Eichel.
Pat McAfee: You spent seven years in Buffalo, obviously a very public end there and last season, when you came back to Buffalo, the whole scene happened afterwards. Now that we’re a bit off, you look back and you obviously had a great time in Buffalo. I assume you consider yourself an adult in this town, and anything you could take from there and to Vegas with you?
Jack Eichel: Yeah, I had a great experience. It ended a little messy in Buffalo, but sometimes that’s the nature of the business. Ultimately, you’ve been there, and professional sports is a lot like any other business. you have disputes and disagreements, and you agree to move on; I think that was kind of the situation. You know, I had a great experience. There were a lot of firsts for me; I played my first game, scored my first goal, met a lot of great people in the organization and made a lot of great friendships. I wouldn’t have changed it. If I could, maybe I would have made us do a little better in terms of records. At the end of the day, it was a great experience. I was playing hockey, I was living my lifelong dream of playing in the NHL. They took great care of me; I wouldn’t have changed it. Then yeah, some things happened, and I got transferred to Vegas, and I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out. A change that had to happen, I ended up landing in a place like Vegas, and the organization we have here is top notch, like equipment guys at the property; every single person who works here is amazing. It’s an amazing fan base and a great place to be, and I feel very blessed and blessed to have ended up in Vegas.
Pat McAfee: We really appreciate you joining the show, and good luck for the rest of the way. Here’s this, if you score a hat trick out of here, in any of the remaining games of the season, we’ll donate $100,000 to any charity you choose.
Jack Eichel: Wow! Alright, wow, I’m going to film everything tomorrow night. That’s great. I appreciate it very much.