Las Vegas Name Updates: Golden Knights?


Ken over at Sin Bin Vegas transcribed a radio interview with Las Vegas NHL team owner Bill Foley earlier today, with Foley revealing some interesting information about the team name.

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.

I don’t really think that the name will be (Something) Knights is a surprise.  But Foley confirming that they have the trademark and the domain name gives us something to work with.

The only names that are in the USPTO database as of right now are the previously-reported Desert Knights, Silver Knights, and Golden Knights.  That said, the database is about five days behind, so something could have happened this week.

If it’s one of those three, domain registrations would appear to narrow it down to Golden Knights.

All of the important domains for Silver Knights and Desert Knights are registered privately and are listed as for sale.  Murray Craven had previously said that the Foley organization owned the Silver Knights domains but I’ve since confirmed that they do not.  Foley said he owned the Desert Knights domains but, given that they redirect to an eBay auction, I think it’s safe to say that he doesn’t.

This leaves the Golden Knights domains.  They’re registered to a variety of people but none of them are explicitly for sale.  This could mean he has an agreement to buy one or more of them and simply hasn’t taken possession of them yet.

Additionally, Foley had this to say about the branding:

The colors will be reflective of the name. It will have certain colors that will be reflective of the Las Vegas environment, like Red Rocks.

Take a look at Red Rocks.



If you ask me, there’s a lot of gold in there.

So of the names we’ve seen, right now I lean towards it being Las Vegas Golden Knights.  Which is disappointing because it’s probably the worst name of the bunch.

The big caveat, as I mentioned, is whether or not anything has been registered that hasn’t hit the databases yet.  We’ll about that see in the coming days.

Clark founded the site that would become DetroitHockey.Net in September of 1996. He continues to write for the site and executes the site's design and development, as well as that of DH.N's sibling site,


  • Hi Clark, gosh sure hope you are wrong man. Golden is a horrible color choice for us in Nevada. I really hoped it would be Silver or Desert Knights. I have seen polls where Desert Knights gets literally XXXX more votes then the others, does Foley not see that? Also I think this quote… “The colors will be reflective of the name. It will have certain colors that will be reflective of the Las Vegas environment, like Red Rocks.” Speaks of Desert Knights to me.

    Surely he would not give the fans who voiced their opinion a let down and us golden, what a terrible choice of the three, would be a greedy selfish move imo.

    Go Desert or Silver Knights!

    Reggie September 9, 2016 4:42 PM
    • I hope I’m wrong, too. If it were just “reflective of the Las Vegas environment” then I agree, Desert Knights works. Combined with the domains, though, I can see how that comment might also support Golden Knights.

      Of course, it could be something else entirely that hasn’t hit the database yet.

      Clark Rasmussen September 9, 2016 4:46 PM
  • I read this to see if and gold in red rocks, nope! Read red color under first intro, its redish, brownish no gold thank God

    Reggie September 9, 2016 5:10 PM
    • I dunno, look at that picture I posted and I think there’s gold in there.

      I should say that, no matter what name is picked, I think red will be one of the colors. So if the name is Golden Knights and the colors are black, gold, and red, they can point at those last two and say “just like red rocks.”

      Clark Rasmussen September 9, 2016 7:05 PM
  • Lets hope its not Golden Knights, Desert Knights all the way!

    I cant find 3 people who like Golden and you can find polls with 2-3000 in minutes who like Desert.

    KacyD September 9, 2016 9:44 PM