The Vegas Golden Knights ended months of speculation on Thursday night, announcing the team name for their new AHL affiliate will be the Henderson Silver Knights and revealing its logo.
Team owner Bill Foley made the announcement during a televised special that was streamed on the Golden Knights’ Twitter page.
“Today is a momentous day for our organization, the City of Henderson and the entire Southern Nevada community,” Foley said in a press release. “After years of planning and preparation, we finally get to welcome the Henderson Silver Knights home.”
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The logo draws inspiration from medieval themes, according to the release, featuring an armored warhorse that was thought to be synonymous with strength, endurance and fearlessness during battle.
Unveiling the Silver Knights is the next stop in Vegas’ pursuit of securing a local AHL team that began picking up steam on Feb. 6, 2020 when the Golden Knights announced it had purchased the San Antonio Rampage with the intent of relocating it to the Las Vegas area.
The Silver Knights will initially play at Orleans Arena, a 9,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Paradise, Nevada, while its Henderson rink is being built.
“The AHL arena in Henderson will rival T-Mobile Arena, and be better in some ways,” Foley said during the broadcast. “It will be more compact, and more accessible.”
Construction of the proposed 6,000-seat arena in Henderson is slated to begin in August.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not known when the Silver Knights will play their first game. The AHL was forced to cancel the remainder of its 2019-20 regular season as well as the Calder Cup playoffs on May 11 due to the novel coronavirus.
“When we started our initial ticket drive to bring hockey to Vegas and create the team we now know as the Golden Knights, it was obvious this community had all the makings of a great hockey city,” Foley said. “That being said, the passion and enthusiasm our fans have shown us over the past three years is greater than anything we could have imagined.
“Now our fans can watch more hockey right in their backyard and keep a close eye on our players’ journeys as they advance through our ranks with the intention of achieving the ultimate goal: Becoming a Vegas Golden Knight.”