Ve­gas team named the Golden Knights

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS -

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.

JOHN LOCHER — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.

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