Las Vegas NHL team named Golden Knights

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Las Vegas team owner Bill Foley explained his thinking in naming his club the Golden Knights.

The NHL's 31st franchise in Las Vegas revealed its logo and team name on Tuesday in front of roughly 5,000 people outside T-Mobile Arena at the Toshiba Plaza. Here is his quote from NHL.com, "The Knights are the epitome of the warrior class", the U.S. Military Academy graduate said. The secondary logos include swords that create the star from the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign. The first-ever Golden Knights merchandise went on sale as part of the event.

"For me, I think that certainly the fact that Las Vegas has a gambling aspect to it is far overshadowed by the entertainment value, if you will, the family appeal that you have, the convention appeal".

We also got our first good look at the logo proper at the announcement party.

In the months between Las Vegas was awarded the franchise and the unveiling, suggestions for the name have been drawn from pretty much everyone in Las Vegas (check our Facebook feed). Foley is a billionaire businessman who sold the league on the potential of being the first major pro sports franchise in the growing market while playing in a new US$375 million arena already constructed on the south end of the Strip. But Foley believes that tourists will flock to the games, which in a sense will make the Knights a team for everybody. The reported finalists were Golden, Desert and Silver. The team has hired George McPhee as general manager to lead the hockey operations staff. The Golden Knights will begin play in the 2017-18 season.

Ground was broken back in October for the team's local practice facility, which will also house youth hockey in Southern Nevada. The team name is the Vegas Golden Knights. They'll join the Pacific Division in the Western Conference and will select players during an expansion draft next summer.

The two developers designed the website, PlanMyTeam.com, which allows people to use the expansion rules, released by the National Hockey League for player protections, to project which players could be protected by each club. They are guaranteed to have no lower than the sixth overall pick in the draft and will own the third pick in each subsequent round.

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