Wingers Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith and defenseman Jason Garrison ? all former Florida Panthers ? were at a team dinner in Las Vegas on October 1 when they heard the news.
A madman had opened fire at a concert on the Vegas Strip, killing 58 people and injuring nearly 500 more.
Garrison, in a phone interview with the Miami Herald, said he started hearing reports on social media but was unsure of the reliability.
?We all went home, and every highway exit was blocked off,? said Garrison, who is now teammates with Smith and Marchessault on the Las Vegas Golden Knights. ?Police were rushing in, and it wasn?t until the next morning that we knew the true significance.?