Las Vegas Knights set to take the ice

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

THE Na­tional Hockey League’s new­est club was un­veiled this week as the Vegas Golden Knights by ma­jor­ity owner Bill Foley with colours and logo to match the nick­name.

Five months af­ter NHL own­ers sold Foley’s group an ex­pan­sion fran­chise for US$500 mil­lion, the 31st NHL team be­gan to take shape with a logo of a knight’s hel­met in front of a shield with a V-shaped front open­ing and col­ors of gold, back, red and steel grey.

The Golden Knights will be­gin play in the 2017-18 sea­son in a new arena that will seat 17,500 for hockey and 20,000 for bas­ket­ball.

The un­veil­ing of the first ma­jor pro team in the US casino cap­i­tal took place out­side the new $375 mil­lion arena.

“We want our team to be known for ded­i­ca­tion, hon­our, strength, courage and a com­mit­ment to never give up – both on the ice and off,” Foley said.

“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.”

It’s also word­play on the pos­si­ble jack­pots from the neon-lit Vegas Strip casi­nos that help lure 45 mil­lion tourists a year to the Ne­vada desert city of 2.1 mil­lion peo­ple.

Foley says grey rep­re­sents strength and dura­bil­ity while Ne­vada is the largest US gold pro­duc­ing state, red is from the nat­u­ral colour­ing found in the nearby desert and canyons and black rep­re­sents power and in­ten­sity.

A se­condary logo fea­tures swords that create the star from the iconic “Wel­come to Las Vegas” sign.

“The Vegas Golden Knights team name and logo em­body this great city and the mis­sion of our team,” Foley said. “When peo­ple see it, we want them to say ‘These guys never give up. These guys are go­ing to win.’”

The Golden Knights are the first NHL ex­pan­sion team since the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets and Min­nesota Wild joined in 2000.

Las Vegas had been shunned by ma­jor sports leagues, with con­cerns about the in­tegrity of re­sults and links to le­gal­ized bet­ting, but NHL com­mis­sioner Gary Bettman made it clear the league wel­comes its new­est club even as it pre­pares to cel­e­brate its cen­ten­nial year.

“Las Vegas, wel­come to the NHL,” Bettman said. “We are thrilled to be here.”

The Golden Knights will be the eighth team in the Pa­cific Di­vi­sion and 15th in the West­ern Con­fer­ence, giv­ing it only one fewer than the Eastern.

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The Kings’ new logo.

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