It was announced earlier this summer that a new NHL team would call Las Vegas, Nevada home in the 2017-2018 season. On Wednesday, George McPhee was announced as the new, still nameless, team’s general manager.
One of the topics discussed during that announcement was the name of the team. It was noted that the front office has some ideas but are struggling to commit to one because of legal reasons. “The Knights” seems to be the front-runner, but it is trademarked.
“We are working our way through the process right now as we speak. We have a lot names in mind, but a lot of the ones I really liked are trademarked, so that is a little bit of an issue,” said majority owner Bill Foley, per Big Story.
If Knights does not work, there are other options that have a connection to the Sin City.
5.The Sin City Brawlers
Incorporating Las Vegas’ nickname, the name Sin City Brawlers adds an imitation factor to the team. There is no other team in the league with a similar name and there is no other team with the same name in the four major sports leagues.
Las Vegas is a tough city; whether it is because of the economic misfortune most tourists have from gambling or its history of being developed by mobsters. Beginning in the 1940’s mobsters started building grand hotels and the present day strip.
4. The Las Vegas Outlaws
The Las Vegas Outlaws pays tribute to the history of the city and the speakeasies that existed in the early 1900’s. When gambling was deemed illegal in 1910, speakeasies were opened for people to go and gamble. Organized crime has had a deep footprint in Las Vegas.
3. The Las Vegas Night Crawlers
Las Vegas’ nightlife is one of the most active in the nation. With the casinos, bars, and clubs throughout the city. Most of the activities in Las Vegas occur at night and like the two team names above, there is no other sports team in the NHL or major sporting league with one like it.
2.The Las Vegas Aces
Gambling is everywhere in Las Vegas and the best card in a card deck is the Ace. Calling the team the Aces seems most like an obvious choice because any competitive them wants to be the best, so why not name the team after the best, and then there’s the connection that the name has to the city. There are many directions that can be taken with a name like the aces. The logo can be an “A” or a card, and poker chips could be incorporated as well.
1. The Sin City Stingers
Despite being in a metropolitan area, Las Vegas is a desert, where there are a lot of dangerous creatures. The name can be related to many desert animals that sting or can inject venom, like scorpions. The Stingers can have a logo of any insect or animal that is fond in Nevada.
No matter what the front office of the Las Vegas team decides, the name should be relatable to the city and those who live there. It is important to the league that the team succeeds and can generate a fan base because they are taking a large risk for a unusual hockey city.