William Karlsson Jun 17, 2023; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) celebrates during the Stanley Cup championship parade and rally at Toshiba Plaza. Mandatory Credit: Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports

Vegas Golden Knights fans turned out in huge numbers for a Stanley Cup victory parade down the Las Vegas strip Saturday.

While the Knights really got the proverbial team effort as they knocked off the Florida Panthers for their first Stanley Cup trophy, center William Karlsson took center stage during the celebration with some memorable moments and a beverage-fueled victory speech that was epic, rambling, and very NSFW.

Karlsson, holding a beverage, appeared to slip as he took the stage at T-Mobile Arena. He then led the crowd in a raucous “Go Knights, Go!” cheer. He also removed his shirt and tossed it in the crowd during a teammate’s speech.

When Karlsson got his chance to address the crowd, it went about like you’d expect. Referring to teammate Jonathan Marchessault, the Stanley Cup Playoffs MVP, Karlsson said, “This guy, this ******* guy, he was here day one. And I know you (fans) have been here since day ******* one.”

“We’ve been up and down, on this journey to the Cup … we’ve been waiting six long years for this guy to be MVP.”

Karlsson wrapped the speech by taking a sip from the Stanley Cup, then singing ABBA’s “Dancing Queen.”


Most fans loved Karlsson’s rambling talk, although a few thought he had taken it way too far and should have, to paraphrase an old beer advertising campaign, “Known when to say when.”

Karlsson scored 11 points and added six assists in the playoffs.

[Logan Reever, 8NewsNow]

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