Las Vegas is almost ready to debut the face of the newest team in the NHL. On Nov. 18, the franchise logo, name and colors will be revealed outside of the T-Mobile Arena.
Fans have been wondering about every aspect of the new Las Vegas hockey franchise since the announcement that the NHL had awarded Sin City a team. Speculations surrounding everything from a possible name, jersey colors, a mascot and a logo have been fueling local and national sports media for months, but the wait will be over as of November.
According to Dana Lane, the University of Las Vegas play-by-play broadcaster, an official announcement would be made on Nov. 18 at the Las Vegas Toshiba Plaza. Lane also said that the T-Mobile Arena, located right near the Toshiba Plaza, would be the home of the currently nameless new NHL franchise. Earlier in September, Bill Foley, the owner of the future team, confirmed that the name would be connected in some way to the theme of knights. Possible names have included Desert Knights, Silver Knights, Golden Knights and Nighthawks, and Foley promised that “steel mesh” would be incorporated into the player’s jerseys.
Still, there is so much speculation around the team’s brand it’s likely that the only folks who know the particulars regarding the name and colors are the decision makers within the franchise. Foley planned on announcing the new teams branding around the time of the Los Angeles Kings Frozen Fury games in early October 2016 at the T-Mobile Arena. However, this plan fell through because there were elements regarding the name still in contention, which caused delays.
Speaking to Sportsbook Radio’s Brian Blessing about the delays and the progress being made towards polishing the team’s image, Foley mused, “We have our colors picked, we have our primary logo picked, but it’s going to need some refinement. We have moved some color schemes around, and the team will be something Knights. K-n-i-g-h-t-s. We have the name. The name is trademarked, we have the domain name. That’s all I can say right now.”
The choice of going with a “Knights” moniker is not too surprising when you consider that Foley has openly expressed an interest in naming the team the “Black Knights,” in honor of the man’s alma mater, U.S. Army, but a NCAA franchise already had the name. Consequently, Las Vegas hockey fans will have to wait to see what the official name will be.