Bill Foley, owner of the NHL’s Las Vegas expansion franchise, confirmed that his new team will have “Knights” in its nickname.
Foley admitted as much in a Sportsbook Radio appearance on Friday, while also mentioning that he has already chosen a logo for his team, which will begin play in the 2017-18 season.
“We have our colours picked, we have our basic logo picked, it needs some refinement,” he said. “We have moved some color schemes around, and the team will be something Knights. K-n-i-g-h-t-s. We have the name. The name is trademarked, we have the domain name. That’s all I can say right now.”
The 71-year-old businessman originally has his heart set on naming his franchise the Black Knights, due to his connections with the United States Army. He is the chairman of Black Knight Financial Services, and he heads Black Knights Sports and Entertainment, the management group which owns the Vegas franchise.
There was an immediate backlash from fans who were hoping for something a little more creative, which played a part in Foley going for something else.
“There was a little too much push back and frankly Army got worried about us using the name Black Knights and I didn’t want to fight that battle” said Foley.
The Nighthawks, Red Hawks, Desert Hawks, Golden Knights, Silver Knights and Desert Knights were all registered by BKSE in order to keep the final decision a secret.
The team will reveal its final nickname in October.