Bill Foley and Gary Bettman. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The NHL’s Las Vegas expansion team may finally be leaning towards a decision on its name, if recent domain registrations are any indication. Those domains point to the Sin City hockey club being dubbed the Las Vegas Desert Knights.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Moniker Privacy Services — the same company that procured the NHL’s own website domain — has privately registered the rights to lasvegasdesertknights.com, vegasdesertknights.com and desertknightshockey.com. When asked about those registrations and the potential team name, team owner Bill Foley told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he had no comment on the matter.
Foley confirmed earlier this month that ownership was considering three different variations of "Hawks" — the Night Hawks, Red Hawks and Desert Hawks — as well as two other unspecified names, which he wouldn’t reveal for legal reasons.
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This comes after Foley had stated his wish for the team to be called the Black Knights after his alma mater, The United States Military Academy at West Point. Later, he pursued just the Knights, which led to a trademark issue with the OHL’s London Knights.
Those who like to connect the dots can probably assume that Desert Knights is one of those names that the owner wouldn’t disclose, though the domain registrations don’t necessarily mean that the team has made its final decision. It does, however, align with Foley’s desire to have his team be called the Knights, though with a different modifier than initially requested.