These Knights will be Golden. As gold confetti blasted into Sin City’s neon-drenched night sky, owner Bill Foley dubbed the NHL’s 31st franchise the Golden Knights, finally giving the first major professional sports team to call Las Vegas home a name and identity. The Vegas Golden Knights will begin play in Oct. 2017 as the NHL kicks off its second 100 years. The “Las” in Las Vegas was officially dropped from the team’s moniker because the team said that’s how most locals refer to their city. Within minutes of the unveiling, the Golden Knights logo - reminiscent of a spartan’s warrior helmet with a “V” for Vegas as to central focal point - adorned digital billboards up and down the Las Vegas Strip. “Our name and our logo is really going to exhibit the highest element of the warrior class: the knight,” Foley said. “The knight protects the unprotected. The knight defends the realm. The knight never gives up, never gives in, always advances, never retreats. That’s what our team is going to be.” Foley’s enterprise was somehow able to keep the team’s detail under wraps for more than three months, building to a crescendo of excitement on Tuesday night. Foley said Golden Knights GM George McPhee learned of the team’s name in September and didn’t even spill to his wife or kids. “It’s nice to have an identity,” McPhee said. “It’s finally coming to life.” More than 2,000 fans crammed into Toshiba Plaza outside of T-Mobile Arena just steps off the infamous Strip for the glitzy, glitter-filled party headlined by Cirque Du Soleil. Fans draped over levels of an adjacent parking garage just to get a glimpse of the new Golden Knight warrior’s helmet while youth hockey players skated on an outdoor rink next to the stage. Patrons from the neighbouring outdoor bars overflowed into the plaza. Helicopters flew overhead and dropped t-shirts into the crowd.
Vegas Golden Knights introduced as NHL's 31st franchise
TSN | Nov 23