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Las Vegas NHL Expansion Team Name & Logo Unveiled
- Updated: November 22, 2016
The NHL has an official face to the league’s 31st franchise. The first professional sports team to grace the Las Vegas strip will be named the Vegas Golden Knights.
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) November 23, 2016
The team name and logo were announced in front of a large crowd in front of T-Mobile Arena, the future home of the newly appointed Knights.
Spirits were high, and turn out promising for the new-born franchise. With Commissioner Gary Bettman on hand to christen the new club, the organization’s top brass, including owner Billy Foley and GM George McPhee, looked like pure elation to see the progression. The buzz has been present for Sin City’s first major sports franchise and won’t be going anywhere…anytime soon at least. The group has advanced deposits for 14,000 season tickets next season, including all 44 suites.
The Knights will join the Pacific Division out of the Western Conference.
The first expansion team since 2000, when the Minnesota Wild and Colombus Blue Jackets joined the ranks. the Golden Knights are greenlit to begin play in the 2017-18 season.
Nothing can proceed until the league undergoes a daunting expansion draft. The expansion draft will take place following the conclusion of this season, and just before the NHL Entry Draft, most often at the end of June, shortly following the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Final. And while it would have been most efficient for the league to have two expansion teams for this draft, we’ll likely have to wait a few more years before we see the league evened out with a 32nd franchise. Eyes are looming on Seattle, but interest remains in Quebec City. While Quebec City has historical ties to the NHL, a seeming roadmap to NBA expansion in Seattle reopens what has been a revolving door of sports purgatory for the Emerald City.
While expansion growth is often slow and painful while the organizations get their feet underneath them, the hope remains high that the city’s excitement for the sport remains peaked. With talks of the Oakland Raiders making the trek to the desert, whether or not the city has a sustainable local fan base will yet to be seen, yet there will be zero question as to whether the strip will soon be a traveling sports fan’s most exciting pit stop.
With a new franchise comes a new job opening as well. With new writing positions to cover the Knights, we eagerly await your applications!