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Report: Las Vegas franchise could be named ‘Desert Knights’

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Report: Las Vegas franchise could be named ‘Desert Knights’

Jared Clinton
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The Las Vegas franchise is still searching for a name and the recent registration of three domain names point to the possibility of the team adopting 'Desert Knights' as their moniker.

Speculation continues about the potential names for the NHL’s Las Vegas franchise, with names such as Black Knights, Night Hawks, Desert Hawks and Red Hawks among the monikers which have been considered by the team.

But a new frontrunner may have emerged and it combines the Knights name with one of the Hawks-suffixed options.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, there are some signs pointing to the Las Vegas team selecting Desert Knights as their moniker as web domains using the name have been registered privately through a service called Moniker Privacy Services. While that may seem insignificant, the Review-Journal reported that Moniker Privacy Services is connected to NHL.com.

The three names registered were lasvegasdesertknights.com, vegasdesertknights.com and desertknightshockey.com, according to the Review-Journal.

The domain registrations of Nighthawks, Desert Hawks and Red Hawks were what spurred on reports of all three names being in the running for the club’s name, and Las Vegas franchise owner Bill Foley later confirmed all three were in the running. However, when asked about Desert Knights, Foley offered no comment to the Review-Journal.

The naming process has been a tricky one for Las Vegas, who chose to forego any naming contest in favor of getting a team name in place as quickly as possible. The first major roadblock came due to Foley’s interest in naming the team Black Knights, as he ran into issues with his alma mater, the United States Military Academy, also known as West Point.

There was also a reported issue with the London Knights, though the OHL team said earlier this month that they hadn’t had any formal discussions with Foley regarding the name.

There’s also the matter of gambling-related monikers. Using references to what made Las Vegas famous would offer some of the best choices — really, one has to think this whole thing could be settled if Aces was available for use — but the NHL is against having the team use gambling references in its name for obvious reasons.

“I didn’t realize how complicated it was, and it is complicated,” Foley said in mid-July of the naming process. “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.”

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Report: Las Vegas franchise could be named ‘Desert Knights’