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Las Vegas narrows choice to four nicknames

Report says franchise 'making progress,' expects to have 'more clarity in next 30 days'

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The Las Vegas NHL franchise has reduced its list of potential nicknames from 18 to four, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Friday.

"We're making progress," Las Vegas majority owner Bill Foley said. "We're in a pretty good position now, and we're meeting next week with the NHL and Adidas to look at logos and designs. We'll have a little more clarity in the next 30 days."

Foley will not reveal which names he had in mind until the official nickname is unveiled. He plans to announce the team nickname and logo either in September or early October and have merchandise for sale shortly after that.

"We want to make it a special event for everyone," he said. "I know everyone is anxious about the name. But we want to get it right."

Foley told the newspaper that "Knights" remains an option, but he would have to negotiate with London of the Ontario Hockey League in order to secure the right to use the name in Canada.

"The London Knights own the name in Canada and to acquire the name from London is not economically feasible," Foley said. "In the U.S., 'Knights' are fine. But we can't use it in Canada."

Las Vegas was awarded an NHL franchise on June 22 and will begin play for the 2017-18 season. Foley named George McPhee the general manager on July 13 and Kelly McCrimmon the assistant GM on Tuesday.

Ice was installed in the franchise's home, T-Mobile Arena, on July 30. 

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