The NHL keeps expanding into the desert, and its latest team in Sin City will be dubbed the Golden Knights. The name of the new Las Vegas pro hockey team was unveiled Tuesday outside the NHL club’s new home at the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip.
Owner Bill Foley told ESPN a few hours before the official announcement, “We now have an identity.”
That identity was revealed to be a medieval-themed knight’s helmet with a shield behind it, with gold, a steel grey-blue and black the featured colors. Foley explained the name and logo to ESPN.
"My whole idea was to create a logo and a name that was powerful, that would epitomize the warrior class. The knights are the epitome of the warrior class, the top of the line in terms of defending the realm, defending the unprotected. This is all part of the culture we want to create with the hockey team. And hockey players are warriors and they're team players, they're not individuals, they're playing together."
The news came five months after the city was awarded the franchise, and Foley had given clues that the team would have “knights” in the name. When the name and logo were announced, it gave fans a chance to see the gear and get an opportunity to root for a team that before had seemed not really there yet.
"I wanted to have a successful name and a successful logo, and we've done that," Foley said in a story on NHL.com. "This logo, it exudes everything I'm proud of and everything I believe in, in terms of creating this team and this culture we're going to have around this team."
The team’s official colors are steel grey, gold, red and black, which will be featured on the Adidas jerseys and on the gear available for fans to buy. The NHL Store in New York City even tweeted that they had set up a new street-facing window display featuring the Golden Knights logo.
The Vegas Golden Knights will begin play in the fall of 2017 at the 17,368-seat T-Mobile Arena. It is the first professional major league sports franchise in the city and the 31st NHL franchise, the first new NHL team since 2000. They Golden Knights will play in the highly competitive Pacific Division in the Western Conference.