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Vegas Golden Knights official team name

Owner Bill Foley announces decision five months after being awarded expansion franchise


The Vegas Golden Knights are officially the 31st team to join the NHL.

Exactly five months after Las Vegas was awarded an expansion team, owner Bill Foley announced the name and revealed the team logo Tuesday at Toshiba Place, just outside of T-Mobile Arena, where the Golden Knights will begin play in the 2017-18 season.

Before making the announcement, Foley told the crowd what the name and logo would represent.

"Our logo and our name is really going to exhibit the highest element of the warrior class - the knight," Foley said. "The knight protects the unprotected. The knight defends the realm. The knight never gives up, never gives in, always advances, never retreats, and that's what our team is going to be." 

Las Vegas was awarded a franchise on June 22. It is the first expansion team since the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild each joined the League in 2000-01.

Video: Bill Foley on the choosing of team name and logo

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman spoke to the big crowd before Foley made the announcement.

"Las Vegas, welcome to the NHL," Commissioner Bettman said. "We are thrilled to be here."

The NHL is the first of the four major North American professional sports leagues to have a team in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights will be the eighth team in the Pacific Division and 15th in the Western Conference. The Eastern Conference has 16 teams.

Las Vegas hired George McPhee as general manager on July 13, Kelly McCrimmon as assistant GM on Aug. 2 and Murray Craven as senior vice president on Aug. 18. The franchise has not hired a coach.

The Golden Knights will select a team through an expansion draft. Each of the 30 other NHL teams must submit their list of protected players by 5 p.m. ET on June 17, 2017. Las Vegas must pick one player from each of the 30 teams and submit their selections by 5 p.m. ET on June 20 and the announcement of their selections will be released on June 21.

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