The 31st franchise in the NHL will be known as the Vegas Golden Knights. Yes, just Vegas; no Las.
The newest addition to the league had its mascot, logo and colors unveiled Tuesday night outside its new home, T-Mobile Arena, on the Las Vegas Strip and broadcast on the NHL Network.
“We want our team to be known for dedication, honor, strength, courage and a commitment to never give up — both on the ice and off,” Bill Foley, the team’s majority owner, said (via NHL.com). “We want our team to be committed to teamwork, service to this great city and integrity in all things — and we wanted a name and logo that represented all of this and was unique to Las Vegas and our community. Vegas Golden Knights is that name.
“We selected ‘Knights’ because knights are the defenders of the realm and protect those who cannot defend themselves. They are the elite warrior class.”
For those wondering why “gold” was chosen so prominently for a Las Vegas team, both in the name and in the color scheme, here is the explanation from the team’s release: “Nevada is the largest producer of gold in the United States, it is a highly-valued precious metal and is a color seen in the Las Vegas terrain.” That, at least, seems to make sense.
But a well-intended name wasn’t going to stop the Internet from poking fun at the NHL’s newest franchise:
And of course the always popular Monty Python and the Holy Grail references:
The other finalists for the team’s name were Desert Knights and Silver Knights.