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Las Vegas’ expansion team is still without a name despite trademark filings and domain registrations. And while fans mull over the possibility of the franchise being named the Desert Knights or Nighthawks, another moniker has popped up: Sand Knights.
The Las Vegas expansion team might be inching closer to a name, but what name the club is planning to go with continues to be widely speculated.
Over the past few weeks, Las Vegas’ owner Bill Foley has confirmed a few names that were considered to be in the running. Among those being considered were a trio of names that were “hawk” related, including the Nighthawks, Desert Hawks and Red Hawks. That gave way to another three names being uncovered by DetroitHockey.net’s Clark Rasmussen, all of which had the long-speculated inclusion of Knights in the name. Those monikers included Desert Knights, Silver Knights and Golden Knights.
But there’s another contender for the team name, according to Rasmussen, and one that has gone as far as to have the domain registered by one of Foley’s companies: Sand Knights.
Rasmussen reported that sandknights.com was registered by Black Knight IP Holding Company, LLC, on Aug. 23, the same day trademarks for the other three Knights names were filed. However, according to Rasmussen and given a search through the US Patent and Trademark Office’s search, no trademark has been filed for Sand Knights by Foley’s company. That’s odd for the sole reason that the three other Knights names have been trademarked.
That another naming option that includes Knights has popped up shouldn’t be too surprising to those who have followed the naming situation in Las Vegas. Foley has acknowledged that he was interested in naming the club Black Knights in order to pay homage to his alma mater, West Point, but there has been trouble securing the name for use by the expansion franchise leading him to search for other options.
“(Black Knights) has been vetted, and there were too many objections from my alma mater and then some push-back from some other people, so we’ve put that one aside,” Foley told Sportsbook Radio in mid-August. “But the name is going to have…Knights somewhere in some fashion, some way. Or, there’s one particular animal, a bird, that we have available to us that we might use.”
The naming process for the NHL’s newest team has been drawn out, to be sure, but there should be an end in sight. Foley told Sports Illustrated that he wanted the name and logo in place before the pre-season games that were slated to take place at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena in October.
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