Vegas team named the Golden Knights
The NHL’s newest team is named the Vegas Golden Knights.
Owner Bill Foley and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the Las Vegas expansion franchise’s official name and revealed its logo and colors Tuesday night at a gala ceremony for about 5,000 fans outside T-Mobile Arena, where the Golden Knights will begin play next season.
The Golden Knights’ logo is a simple front view of a fighting helmet with a conspicuous “V” in the middle. Their colors are steel grey, gold, red and black.
The NHL awarded its 31st franchise in June to this gambling mecca in the Mojave Desert. Foley is a billionaire businessman who sold the league on the potential of being the first major pro sports franchise in the growing market, playing in a new $375 million arena.
Sharks sign Burns to 8-year extension
SAN JOSE, CALIF. >> The San Jose Sharks have signed star defenseman Brent Burns to an eight-year contract extension.
The deal announced Tuesday keeps Burns off the free-agent market next summer and with the Sharks for the long term.
Burns was a finalist for the Norris Trophy last season as the NHL’s top defenseman when he helped lead San Jose to its first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. He led all defenseman with 27 goals and also 48 assists. General manager Doug Wilson called Burns one of the most dynamic players in the league.
Burns has seven goals and nine assists this season for the Sharks.
Bill Foley, left, owner of the Las Vegas NHL franchise, speaks during an event to unveil the name of the franchise on Tuesday. The team will be called the Vegas Golden Knights.