Las Vegas’ NHL name search complicated by London Knights

Mitch Marner and Christian Dvorak of the London Knights raise the MasterCard Memorial Cup after defeating the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. (Getty Images)

The NHL’s expansion team in Las Vegas is still reviewing its options when it comes to a team name.

According to Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, team owner Bill Foley’s choices “are narrowed to four from an original 18 names the team submitted to the NHL for approval.”

“We’re making progress,” Foley told Carp on Friday. “We’re in a pretty good position now and we’re meeting next week with the NHL and adidas to look at logos and designs. We’ll have a little more clarity in the next 30 days.”

Many have wondered if the “Las Vegas Knights” would be the big winner, considering Foley’s position as chairman of Black Knight Financial Services, Inc.

According to Carp, it’s still a contender — but there’s just one roadblock, and it’s located in Southwestern Ontario.

“The London Knights own the name in Canada and to acquire the name from London is not economically feasible,” Foley said. “In the U.S., ‘Knights’ are fine. But we can’t use it in Canada.”

Foley is, of course, referring to the OHL team—and 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup champion club—owned by Dale Hunter.

According to Carp, attempts to reach Hunter were unsuccessful.

The Las Vegas team is expected to make the official announcement in late September or early October—and don’t expect them to reveal the top contenders until the big event.

“I know everyone is anxious about the name,” said Foley. “But we want to get it right.”