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NHL: Vegas Golden Knights at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The most successful expansion team of all time is getting a little too much attention. While the club has made themselves incredibly accessible — a good marketing decision for a nontraditional market — the Vegas Golden Knights are now facing some challenges because of that accessibility.

Namely, that they’re overwhelmed by fans at their practices looking for autographs.

In the interest of safety, they have instituted a new policy that ultimately aims at limiting adult autograph dealers by only allowing kids under the age of 14 to collect autographs at the designated area outside of the practice facility.

“What I saw, honestly, I saw adults at times pushing kids out of the way, and that’s just not how we’re wired,” Knights president Kerry Bubolz said. “On the exterior of the building we had to change that process, too. Guys were stopping, as they always do, and it was creating a safety hazard. We saw kids running into the street and we just couldn’t have an incident like that take place so we had to change that process as well.”

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