This Tuesday, team owner Bill Foley announced that Las Vegas’ expansion NHL team (Sin City’s first major professional sports team) will officially be called the Vegas Golden Knights. Sporting steel grey, gold, red, and black, the team will make T-Mobile arena its home.
The Golden Knights will play for the first time in the 2017-18 season, joining the Pacific Division in the Western Conference. Players will be selected next summer during an expansion draft.
“This is really an important step for us,” Foley said. “Since we were awarded the franchise in June, we were the Las Vegas hockey team. Now, we have our name and our identity. We are the Vegas Golden Knights.”
It was expected that Foley, a West Point graduate, would call his team the “Knights” in some capacity.
The NHL explained how the team’s colors were picked – grey represents strength and durability; Nevada is the largest United States’ producer of gold; red represents the desert sky line and Red Rock canyons; and black represents “power and intensity.”
“We want our team to be known for dedication, honor, strength, courage and a commitment to never give up — both on the ice and off,” Foley said at the naming event. “We want our team to be committed to teamwork, service to this great city and integrity in all things — and we wanted a name and logo that represented all of this and was unique to Las Vegas and our community. Vegas Golden Knights is that name.”
The new logo is of a helmet with a “V” in the city to represent Las Vegas.
Knights team apparel and gear is now available at adidas.com and shop.nhl.com. Official social media handles are Vegas Golden Knights on Facebook, @goldenknights on Twitter, @lvgoldenknights on Instagram; and lvgoldenknights on Snapchat.
Featured photo credit: NHL.
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