Las Vegas NHL Team Named at Last: Vegas Golden Knights

After what feels like years of speculation, Vegas Golden Knights has been chosen as the name of Sin City’s NHL franchise.

Here’s the team’s new logo.

Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas Golden Knights, you’ll be hearing from Magneto’s lawyers.

We don’t exactly know what to make of the Vegas Golden Knights name, other than the fact it doesn’t have a whole lot to do with Las Vegas.

The team’s name is a nod to the alma mater of its owner, Bill Foley, a graduate of the United States Military Academy, also known as West Point. The school’s athletic teams are called the Army Black Knights.

The team’s management made up a bunch of clever reasons justifying both the name of the team and its logo. Something about “defenders of the realm” and “the elite warrior class” and “massaging the narrative.”

We tried massaging the narrative a few times, but found the cost of waxing our palms to be prohibitive.

The team has a secondary logo inspired by the star that sits atop the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign designed by the immortal Betty Willis.

Vegas Golden Knights

“We are proud of the team of high school graphic arts students who spent upwards of 20 minutes developing this secondary logo,” said team representatives.

The Vegas Golden Knights will be the first major professional sports team in Las Vegas, and the NHL’s first expansion team since 2000.

If the Golden Knights name sounds familiar, it could be you attended Clarkson College in Potsdam, New York. The school uses the Golden Knights name as well.

Vegas Golden Knights

Silver Knights and Desert Knights were also in the running for the NHL’s 31st franchise, but Vegas Golden Knights ended up storming the castle. Or something.

The Vegas Golden Knights will hit the ice, or whatever it is hockey teams do in addition to punching each other repeatedly in the face, at the 17,000-seat T-Mobile Arena in the 2017-18 season.

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  • Oscar

    What? Neon kNights would have been more appropriate.

  • Mark Wittig

    Just kNights is also good and I am wondering why no LAS in the Vegas Golden Knights

    • Andrew G

      I agree, should just be Vegas Knights. That actually kind of works.

  • FYMYAWF

    Man all this looks horribly amateurish. Hopefully the actual hockey people who run this club will be a step above the marketing department.

  • Photoncounter

    Maybe I will watch a part of a game on TV or see them in another city but no way will I see them play at home. The paid parking policy of Mega Greedy Morons across all their properties means I will never patronize any of their properties again.

    Stupid name, dumb logo.

  • alltonyvegas

    How can MGM and Excalibur not crush this as tie in with the casino given the locations

  • William Wingo

    “Golden Knights” is also the name of the U.S. Army Parachute Demo Team:

    http://www.goarmy.com/events/golden-knights.html

    Extra points for originality and creativity herre, for sure….

  • Bouldersteve

    I would have preferred Boogie Knights as the team name

  • Lewmoore

    Yes, perhaps not the most exciting name in the world…but I’d ask you to reserve full judgment, Scott, until you are enjoying a game in T-Mobile with a tasty Cap’n & Diet in your hands! NHL games, in person, can be a lot of fast action fun. I’ll certainly be there for a few games a year…when my hometown team (Nashville Predators) are playing there!

  • Lee

    That absolutely has to be the worst logo for a professional sports team that I’ve ever seen. And they are only including part of the city’s name? That would be like Los Angeles going with “Angeles Dodgers”! Stupid name, outright depressing colors, and an amateur logo design, but other than that, it’s perfect!

    • That seems to be a growing sentiment now that people have had a chance to ponder it for a bit.