If you’ve heard a long list of potential names for the new Las Vegas franchise, it’s because you were meant to.
Bill Foley, the owner of the yet-to-be-named NHL team, trademarked nicknames such as Nighthawks, Red Hawks, Desert Hawks, Golden Knights, Silver Knights and Desert Knights.
Can you spot the fake?
Foley explained to NHL.com’s Nick Cotsonika Friday that he registered several fake names as a “misdirection ploy” that he says have been “irritating a few people.”
He also admitted that a “preferred name” has been cleared by the NHL, colour schemes in place, and “a logo that we like that needs more refinement.” Foley hopes to announce the name of the Vegas franchise by mid-October while beginning sales in December.
“My goal is to really have a culture that has a military origin to it, of loyalty, strength, perseverance,” he said. “We never stop trying. We never give up. We never give in. That kind of culture.”
Many NHL clubs, over the course of the history of the league, have strong military ties — including the Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets.
Foley told NHL.com that he’s received plenty of suggestions from those around him, including Aces, Blackjacks, Scorpions, Snapping Turtles and…Crappers?
“You would like your team to be named that?” Foley said.
The also-rumoured Sand Knights is a fake too, he said.
Is the Las Vegas Fakes starting to sound good or is that just me?
Foley ultimately explained why he’s gone to such great lengths to leave people in the cold.
“I found I had to be very, very careful about what I said, because as soon as I mentioned a direction, then everyone picked up on it,” he said. “It would get in the news and then people would start filing domain name registrations for that particular name. That’s why I’ve been kind of circumspect lately. It’s been interesting.
“It’s been fun too.”