Vegas Golden Knights
Vegas Golden Knights
2017-18 Vegas Golden Knights season
Vegas Golden Knights logo.svg
Conference Western
Division Pacific
Founded 2017
History Vegas Golden Knights
Home arena T-Mobile Arena
City Paradise, Nevada
Colors Steel grey, gold, red, black[1]
Media AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (TV)
KRLV (Fox Sports 1340/98.9) (English radio)
KENO (ESPN Deportes 1460) (Spanish radio)
Las Vegas Review-Journal (Newspaper)
Owner(s) Bill Foley (70%)[2]
Maloof family (30%)
General manager George McPhee
Head coach Gerard Gallant
Captain Vacant
Minor league affiliates Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Quad City Mallards (ECHL)
Stanley Cups 0
Conference championships 0
Presidents' Trophy 0
Division championships 0
Official website

The Vegas Golden Knights are a professional ice hockey team based in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The team began play in the 2017-18 NHL season, and is a member of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team is owned by Black Knight Sports & Entertainment, a consortium led by Bill Foley,[3] and plays its home games at T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.[4]

Franchise history

Background and establishment

The NHL has had a presence in Las Vegas since 1991, when an outdoor game was held in Las Vegas, with the Los Angeles Kings facing the New York Rangers outside Caesars Palace in a preseason exhibition game. The city has since hosted the Frozen Fury, a pre-season competition between the Los Angeles Kings and the Colorado Avalanche, and the NHL Awards ceremonies have been held in Las Vegas since 2009.[5] In 2009, the media speculated about a plan involving Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer to move the team then known as the Phoenix Coyotes to Nevada.[6]

Rumors of a Las Vegas expansion team surfaced again in August 2014, pointing to a new indoor arena on the Strip (built as a joint venture between Anschutz Entertainment Group, owners of the Los Angeles Kings, and MGM Resorts International) as the potential home arena, although these rumors would be denied by the league.[7][8][9] In November 2014, an unconfirmed report stated that the league had selected billionaire businessman Bill Foley and the Maloof family (former owners of the National Basketball Association's Sacramento Kings, and founders of the Palms Casino Resort) to lead the ownership group for a Las Vegas expansion team.[10][11] In December 2014, the NHL's board of governors decided to allow Foley to hold a season ticket drive to gauge interest in a Las Vegas team, though league commissioner Gary Bettman also warned the media to "[not] make more out of this than it is".[12][13] The season ticket drive began in February 2015, with interested parties placing ten percent deposits for the 2016-17 season.[14] The drive drew 5,000 deposits in its first day and a half, and reached its goal of 10,000 deposits by April 2015.[14][15]

In June 2015, the league officially opened the window for prospective owners to bid on expansion teams. By this point, Foley had secured more than 13,200 season-ticket deposits. Two expansion applications were submitted: Foley's application for a Las Vegas team, and a bid from Quebecor to revive the Quebec Nordiques at a new arena in Quebec City. Both Las Vegas and Quebec were invited to move into Phase II of the league expansion bid in August 2015,[16] and subsequently advanced to Phase III.

At the league owners' meeting on June 22, 2016, in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas expansion bid was approved by a unanimous vote, with play to begin in the 2017-18 NHL season.[17] The team became the first major professional sports franchise to be based in Las Vegas, and the first NHL expansion team since 2000. Foley committed to pay the league's $500 million expansion fee[18] and began the process of hiring the team's principal staff and determining its official identity. Foley announced that former Washington Capitals general manager George McPhee would be the franchise's first general manager.[19] On November 22, 2016, the name was revealed as the Vegas Golden Knights.

Start of operations: 2017-present

On March 1, 2017 (coinciding with the league's trade deadline), the team completed its expansion fee payments and filings, making it eligible to formally begin operations such as free agent acquisition, and participation in league meetings.[20] Five days later, the Golden Knights made its first personnel move by signing Reid Duke to a three-year entry-level contract.[21][22] Duke's junior team was the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, a team that was coached and managed by current Golden Knights assistant general manager Kelly McCrimmon.[23] He was later sent by the Golden Knights on a PTC with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.[24]

The team announced inaugural head coach Gerard Gallant on April 13.[25] On May 4, the Golden Knights signed Vadim Shipachyov as their second player.[26] On May 16, the Golden Knights entered into a multi-year affiliation with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League for player development.[27] On June 1, 2017, they signed forward Tomas Hyka, who played for the BK Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Extraliga.[28]

The team participated in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft on June 21, 2017, selecting an available player from all 30 teams in the NHL. The draft was held at the team's future home venue, the T-Mobile Arena. The NHL Awards were also hosted on the same day, at the same location, prior to the draft. Some notable selections included goalie Marc-Andre Fleury from the Pittsburgh Penguins and winger James Neal from the Nashville Predators. At the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Cody Glass was the first player selected by the Golden Knights.

Team information

Foley's original preferred name for the proposed team was the "Las Vegas Black Knights"--in tribute to the Army Black Knights, his alma mater.[29] When he hired McPhee, Foley stated that he was working with the league to determine a suitable brand for the team, but that "it may not be until September that we have our name and logo. But when we do, that's when we'll have our big public celebration. We want to sell a lot of jerseys that day." He also admitted that his preferred name of "Black Knights" was unlikely due to various legal issues with trademarks, copyrights and domain names. For instance, even if West Point officials gave their blessing to using the nickname, the federal government would have had the final say.[30] He registered a number of trademarks for potential names, some based on "Knights" and others based on "Hawks" (the latter unlikely as it would likely clash with the Chicago Blackhawks), admitting some of the trademarks were deliberate decoys.[31]

On October 4, 2016, Foley announced that the team would be known as the Desert Knights, Silver Knights, or Golden Knights. He told Yahoo! Sports that his group already had "clearance on those names", and made their final decision in late August.[32]

On November 22, 2016, the name was revealed as the Vegas Golden Knights, excluding 'Las' from the name. The team's logo (as well as its secondary logo and word mark) was also revealed, incorporating a black V to represent Vegas.[33][34][35]

On November 28, 2016, a few reports were released stating that the United States Army were reviewing the rights to the name, as it has been used by their parachute team since 1959.[36] The United States Patent and Trademark Office rejected the Golden Knights' trademark application on December 8, citing an objection from the College of Saint Rose; the team appealed the decision on the grounds that multiple other collegiate teams also use the name.[37] On August 4, 2017, the team received news that the appeal was successful, and the team was granted trademarks for "Vegas Golden Knights" and "Las Vegas Golden Knights".[38]

Players and personnel

Current roster

Updated August 30, 2017[39]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
41 France Bellemare, Pierre-EdouardPierre-Edouard Bellemare C L 32 2017 Le Blanc-Mesnil, France
45 United States Bischoff, JakeJake Bischoff D L 23 2017 Cambridge, Minnesota
28 Canada Carrier, WilliamWilliam Carrier LW L 22 2017 LaSalle, Quebec
97 Canada Clarkson, DavidDavid Clarkson Injured Reserve RW R 33 2017 Etobicoke, Ontario
35 Sweden Dansk, OscarOscar Dansk G L 23 2017 Stockholm, Sweden
37 Canada Duke, ReidReid Duke C R 21 2017 Calgary, Alberta
21 Canada Eakin, CodyCody Eakin C L 26 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba
5 Canada Engelland, DerykDeryk Engelland (A) D R 35 2017 Edmonton, Alberta
29 Canada Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury G L 32 2017 Sorel-Tracy, Quebec
7 Canada Garrison, JasonJason Garrison (A) D L 32 2017 White Rock, British Columbia
84 Belarus Grabovski, MikhailMikhail Grabovski Injured Reserve C L 33 2017 Potsdam, East Germany
56 Finland Haula, ErikErik Haula C L 26 2017 Pori, Finland
77 Canada Hunt, BradBrad Hunt D L 29 2017 Maple Ridge, British Columbia
38 Czech Republic Hyka, TomasTomas Hyka F L 24 2017 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic
71 Sweden Karlsson, WilliamWilliam Karlsson C L 23 2017 Märsta, Sweden
33 Canada Lagace, MaximeMaxime Lagace G L 24 2017 Longueuil, Quebec
13 Canada Leipsic, BrendanBrendan Leipsic F L 23 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba
24 Sweden Lindberg, OscarOscar Lindberg F L 25 2017 Skellefteå, Sweden
81 Canada Marchessault, JonathanJonathan Marchessault C R 26 2017 Cap-Rouge, Quebec
25 United States Matteau, StefanStefan Matteau LW L 23 2017 Chicago, Illinois
3 Canada McNabb, BraydenBrayden McNabb D L 26 2017 Davidson, Saskatchewan
15 United States Merrill, JonJon Merrill D L 25 2017 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
6 Canada Miller, ColinColin Miller D R 24 2017 Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
18 Canada Neal, JamesJames Neal RW L 30 2017 Whitby, Ontario
92 Czech Republic Nosek, TomasTomas Nosek C L 25 2017 Pardubice, Czechoslovakia
57 Canada Perron, DavidDavid Perron F R 29 2017 Sherbrooke, Quebec
31 Canada Pickard, CalvinCalvin Pickard G L 25 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba
67 Finland Pulkkinen, TeemuTeemu Pulkkinen RW R 25 2017 Vantaa, Finland
8 Canada Reinhart, GriffinGriffin Reinhart D L 23 2017 West Vancouver, British Columbia
47 Switzerland Sbisa, LucaLuca Sbisa D L 27 2017 Ozieri, Italy
88 United States Schmidt, NateNate Schmidt D L 26 2017 St. Cloud, Minnesota
87 Russia Shipachyov, VadimVadim Shipachyov C L 30 2017 Cherepovets, Soviet Union
19 Canada Smith, ReillyReilly Smith (A) RW L 26 2017 Etobicoke, Ontario
4 Canada Stoner, ClaytonClayton Stoner D L 32 2017 Port McNeill, British Columbia
27 Canada Theodore, SheaShea Theodore D L 22 2017 Langley, British Columbia
20 United States Thompson, PaulPaul Thompson RW R 28 2017 Derry, New Hampshire
89 United States Tuch, AlexAlex Tuch RW R 21 2017 Syracuse, New York
68 United States Tynan, T.J.T.J. Tynan F R 25 2017 Orland Park, Illinois

Retired numbers

The team is not able to issue the jersey number #99 to any of its players as that number was retired in honor of Wayne Gretzky, league-wide, at the 2000 NHL All-Star Game.[40]

Head coaches

General managers


The team's television home is AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain. The channel has exclusive rights to broadcast Golden Knights games within the team's broadcast territory (Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, and parts of Arizona and California), except for games that are carried nationally by NBCSN or NBC.[42][43][44] The choice of AT&T SportsNet sparked criticism because the channel was not previously carried in the Las Vegas area, and remained unavailable to subscribers of the area's largest cable television provider as of September 2017.[45][46] Foley expressed hopes that the network's existing coverage across the rest of the team's broadcast territory would help the Golden Knights become "the team of the Rockies".[47]

The team has a three-year radio partnership with Lotus Broadcasting.[48] Lotus airs the team's games on its Fox Sports Radio affiliate, KRLV 1340/98.9.[48] One game a week is also aired on the company's ESPN Deportes affiliate, KENO 1460, making the team one of only three in the NHL to offer Spanish-language broadcasts.[49]

The play-by-play announcer for Golden Knights games on AT&T SportsNet is Dave Goucher, and Shane Hnidy is the color commentator.[50] Dan D'Uva is the team's radio play-by-play announcer.[50]


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