We still don’t know what the new Las Vegas NHL franchise will be called, but all signs point toward it having an underwhelming nickname that does very little to capture the essence of Sin City.
Bill Foley, head of Black Knight Sports & Entertainment (a consortium that owns the franchise), recently confirmed to Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Nighthawks, Desert Hawks and Red Hawks were among the names being considered. It sounds like another potential name could be emerging, though, and it might even be the leader in the clubhouse.
The domain names to lasvegasdesertknights.com, vegasdesertknights.com and desertknightshockey.com were privately registered to Moniker Privacy Services last week, according to Justin Emerson of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Moniker Privacy Services is the same company that owns the domain to NHL.com.
Foley reportedly said via text message that he had no comment regarding an update to the name-selection process. And there is no indication that Moniker Privacy Services is connected to Foley or the NHL. But Foley initially wanted to call the team the “Black Knights” after his alma mater (the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.) or simply the “Knights” before running into issues.
It wouldn’t be surprising if “Desert Knights” really is the direction he’s leaning.
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