The speculation about what the Las Vegas franchise will be named — and what the team will look like — has gone on since the day the NHL awarded the city with a team, but the wait for the identity of the league’s newest member is almost over.
According to University of Las Vegas play-by-play man Dana Lane, a ceremony has been set for Nov. 18 at Las Vegas’ Toshiba Plaza, which is situated just outside the doors of T-Mobile Arena, the future home of Las Vegas’ NHL franchise.
Originally, Foley had said he wanted the name, logo and colors selected — as well as merchandise prepared — for the pair of Los Angeles Kings Frozen Fury games that are slated for the T-Mobile Arena this coming weekend. That idea fell by the wayside, however, as hold ups with the name delayed the process.
With the way speculation has gone surrounding the name, it seems unlikely that anyone other than high-level members of the franchise will have a firm idea of what the team will be known as until days before the announcement, at the earliest. Names such as Nighthawks, Desert Knights, Silver Knights and Golden Knights have been among those floated as possibilities, but Las Vegas owner Bill Foley has confirmed the moniker will be one of the Knights-associated names and he said the name had been decided on in early September.
“We have our colors picked, we have our basic logo picked, but it’s going to need some refinement,” Foley told Sportsbook Radio’s Brian Blessing in September. “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.”
That Foley has gone with one of the Knights names is no surprise given that he was openly interested in naming the franchise Black Knights as a nod to his alma mater, U.S. Army, but the hang ups associated with matching the name of the NCAA team made it near impossible for Las Vegas.
Meanwhile, the colors, Foley said, include an almost steel mesh-like overlay on the jerseys as well as colors that evoke the desert environment of Las Vegas, such as “red rocks.”
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