Hey sports fans, how is everyone doing today? I come from Canada originally so I am a massive NHL fan, which is why I was so surprised to hear that there is now a 31st team in the National Hockey League, the Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights are set to begin league play in the 2017-2018 season and just the other day signed their first ever player Reid Duke from the Brandon Wheat Kings in Manitoba, Canada.
THe NHL has been interested in a Las Vegas franchise since the early 90’s when the Los Angeles Kings played the New York Rangers for a preseason exhibition game. This continued interest allowed Vegas officials to get a minor league hockey team in the Las Vegas Thunder from 1993 until 1999 when their lease was not renewed for their arena. The NHL has stayed in Vegas in some capacity since 1997, as every year other than lockouts there has been a pre-season competition known as Frozen Fury between the LA Kings and the Colorado Avalanche.
The name was chosen originally as a tribute to the Army Black Knights, owner Bill Foleys alma mater. This name was not permitted in the end, as West Point and the United States government would have had to sign off on the name. The current name, Vegas Golden Knights is also facing scrutiny from the military as it has been using the name Golden Knights for a parachuting team since 1959. Whether the Golden Knights will be the Golden Knights later this year is still debated, but they will be playing in Las Vegas.