|Vegas Golden Knights|
|2017-18 Vegas Golden Knights season|
|History||Vegas Golden Knights
|Home arena||T-Mobile Arena|
|Colors||Steel grey, gold, red, black
|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%)
Maloof family (30%)
|General manager||George McPhee|
|Head coach||Gerard Gallant|
|Minor league affiliates||Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Quad City Mallards (ECHL)
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, and plays its home games at T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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". The season ticket drive began in February 2015, with interested parties placing ten percent deposits for the 2016-17 season. The drive drew 5,000 deposits in its first day and a half, and reached its goal of 10,000 deposits by April 2015.
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, 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. 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 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. On November 22, 2016, the name was revealed as the Vegas Golden Knights.
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. Five days later, the Golden Knights made its first personnel move by signing Reid Duke to a three-year entry-level contract. 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. He was later sent by the Golden Knights on a PTC with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.
The team announced inaugural head coach Gerard Gallant on April 13. On May 4, the Golden Knights signed Vadim Shipachyov as their second player. On May 16, the Golden Knights entered into a multi-year affiliation with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League for player development. On June 1, 2017, they signed forward Tomas Hyka, who played for the BK Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Extraliga.
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.
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. 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. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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. 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".
Updated August 30, 2017
|41||Bellemare, Pierre-EdouardPierre-Edouard Bellemare||C||L||32||2017||Le Blanc-Mesnil, France|
|45||Bischoff, JakeJake Bischoff||D||L||23||2017||Cambridge, Minnesota|
|28||Carrier, WilliamWilliam Carrier||LW||L||22||2017||LaSalle, Quebec|
|97||Clarkson, DavidDavid Clarkson||RW||R||33||2017||Etobicoke, Ontario|
|35||Dansk, OscarOscar Dansk||G||L||23||2017||Stockholm, Sweden|
|37||Duke, ReidReid Duke||C||R||21||2017||Calgary, Alberta|
|21||Eakin, CodyCody Eakin||C||L||26||2017||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|5||Engelland, DerykDeryk Engelland (A)||D||R||35||2017||Edmonton, Alberta|
|29||Fleury, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Fleury||G||L||32||2017||Sorel-Tracy, Quebec|
|7||Garrison, JasonJason Garrison (A)||D||L||32||2017||White Rock, British Columbia|
|84||Grabovski, MikhailMikhail Grabovski||C||L||33||2017||Potsdam, East Germany|
|56||Haula, ErikErik Haula||C||L||26||2017||Pori, Finland|
|77||Hunt, BradBrad Hunt||D||L||29||2017||Maple Ridge, British Columbia|
|38||Hyka, TomasTomas Hyka||F||L||24||2017||Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic|
|71||Karlsson, WilliamWilliam Karlsson||C||L||23||2017||Märsta, Sweden|
|33||Lagace, MaximeMaxime Lagace||G||L||24||2017||Longueuil, Quebec|
|13||Leipsic, BrendanBrendan Leipsic||F||L||23||2017||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|24||Lindberg, OscarOscar Lindberg||F||L||25||2017||Skellefteå, Sweden|
|81||Marchessault, JonathanJonathan Marchessault||C||R||26||2017||Cap-Rouge, Quebec|
|25||Matteau, StefanStefan Matteau||LW||L||23||2017||Chicago, Illinois|
|3||McNabb, BraydenBrayden McNabb||D||L||26||2017||Davidson, Saskatchewan|
|15||Merrill, JonJon Merrill||D||L||25||2017||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|6||Miller, ColinColin Miller||D||R||24||2017||Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario|
|18||Neal, JamesJames Neal||RW||L||30||2017||Whitby, Ontario|
|92||Nosek, TomasTomas Nosek||C||L||25||2017||Pardubice, Czechoslovakia|
|57||Perron, DavidDavid Perron||F||R||29||2017||Sherbrooke, Quebec|
|31||Pickard, CalvinCalvin Pickard||G||L||25||2017||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|67||Pulkkinen, TeemuTeemu Pulkkinen||RW||R||25||2017||Vantaa, Finland|
|8||Reinhart, GriffinGriffin Reinhart||D||L||23||2017||West Vancouver, British Columbia|
|47||Sbisa, LucaLuca Sbisa||D||L||27||2017||Ozieri, Italy|
|88||Schmidt, NateNate Schmidt||D||L||26||2017||St. Cloud, Minnesota|
|87||Shipachyov, VadimVadim Shipachyov||C||L||30||2017||Cherepovets, Soviet Union|
|19||Smith, ReillyReilly Smith (A)||RW||L||26||2017||Etobicoke, Ontario|
|4||Stoner, ClaytonClayton Stoner||D||L||32||2017||Port McNeill, British Columbia|
|27||Theodore, SheaShea Theodore||D||L||22||2017||Langley, British Columbia|
|20||Thompson, PaulPaul Thompson||RW||R||28||2017||Derry, New Hampshire|
|89||Tuch, AlexAlex Tuch||RW||R||21||2017||Syracuse, New York|
|68||Tynan, T.J.T.J. Tynan||F||R||25||2017||Orland Park, Illinois|
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. 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. 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".
The team has a three-year radio partnership with Lotus Broadcasting. Lotus airs the team's games on its Fox Sports Radio affiliate, KRLV 1340/98.9. 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.
The team's colors - steel grey, gold, red and black - reflect the community and the focus of the team:...
But the important thing here is the name, as well as the logo which works the letter "V" (for Vegas, obviously) into the knight's mask.