May 24, 2018

Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights are a professional ice hockey team based in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. The team began play in the 2017–18 NHL season, and is a member of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The team is owned by Black Knight Sports & Entertainment, a consortium led by Bill Foley. The team plays its home games at T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.

The team’s name includes “Knights” as a homage to the Black Knights of the United States Military Academy, Foley’s alma mater, and because knights were, according to Foley, “the epitome of the warrior class”. Foley had hoped to name his team the Black Knights, but dropped that plan after encountering resistance from federal officials. Foley was unable to call the team the “Vegas Knights” due to the London Knights owning the “Knights” name in Canada.

“Golden” was included in the name because gold is, as Foley stated, the “No. 1 precious metal”, and because Nevada is the largest gold-producing state in the country.

“Las” was omitted from the team’s name because, according to Foley, residents tend to refer to the city simply as “Vegas”, and because a four-word name would have been too long.

The United States Army initially expressed concern after the Golden Knights’ name was announced, because their parachute team uses the same nickname. The Army later disputed the trademark and colors of the team during its first season, to which the team responded: “We are not aware of a single complaint from anyone attending our games that they were expecting to see the parachute team and not a professional hockey game.”An objection was also raised by the College of Saint Rose because its sports teams use the same name; the Vegas team’s initial trademark application was denied as a result, but was later approved on appeal. The team did clear the name with Clarkson University, which also uses the name Golden Knights.

Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas Golden Knights

Captain: Vacant
Arena/Stadium: T-Mobile Arena
Owner: William P. Foley II
History: Vegas Golden Knights; 2017–present
Coach: Gerard Gallant
Vegas Golden Knights Roster
CENTERS
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BIRTH PLACE BIRTHDATE
40 Ryan Carpenter 27 6-0 195 R Oviedo, Florida 1/18/91
21 Cody Eakin 26 6-0 190 L Winnipeg, Manitoba 5/24/91
84 Mikhail Grabovski 34 5-10 178 L Potsdam, East Germany 1/31/84
71 William Karlsson 25 6-1 188 L Marsta, Sweden 1/8/93
24 Oscar Lindberg 26 6-1 196 L Skelleftea, Sweden 10/29/91
81 Jonathan Marchessault 27 5-9 174 R Cap-Rouge, Quebec 12/27/90
92 Tomas Nosek 25 6-3 210 L Pardubice, Czech Republic 9/1/92
LEFT WINGS
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BIRTH PLACE BIRTHDATE
28 William Carrier 23 6-2 212 L Pierrefonds, Quebec 12/20/94
56 Erik Haula 27 5-11 188 L Pori, Finland 3/23/91
18 James Neal 30 6-2 208 L Oshawa, Ontario 9/3/87
57 David Perron 29 6-0 200 R Sherbrooke, Quebec 5/28/88
90 Tomas Tatar 27 5-11 185 L Ilava, Czechoslovakia 12/1/90
RIGHT WINGS
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BIRTH PLACE BIRTHDATE
41 Pierre-Edouard Bellemare 33 6-0 198 L Paris, France 3/6/85
97 David Clarkson 34 6-0 200 R Mimico, Ontario 3/31/84
75 Ryan Reaves 31 6-1 225 R Winnipeg, Manitoba 1/20/87
19 Reilly Smith 27 6-0 185 L Toronto, Ontario 4/1/91
89 Alex Tuch 22 6-4 217 R Syracuse, New York 5/10/96
DEFENSE
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BIRTH PLACE BIRTHDATE
5 Deryk Engelland 36 6-2 210 R Edmonton, Alberta 4/3/82
77 Brad Hunt 29 5-9 185 L Ridge Meadows, British Columbia 8/24/88
3 Brayden McNabb 27 6-4 216 L Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 1/21/91
15 Jon Merrill 26 6-3 205 L Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2/3/92
6 Colin Miller 25 6-1 196 R Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario 10/29/92
47 Luca Sbisa 28 6-2 198 L Ozleri, Italy 1/30/90
88 Nate Schmidt 26 6-0 191 L St. Cloud, Minnesota 7/16/91
4 Clayton Stoner 33 6-4 216 L Port Mcneill, British Columbia 2/19/85
27 Shea Theodore 22 6-2 195 L Langley, British Columbia 8/3/95
2 Zach Whitecloud 21 6-1 196 R Brandon, Manitoba 11/28/96
GOALIES
NO. NAME AGE HT WT SHOT BIRTH PLACE BIRTHDATE
1 Dylan Ferguson 19 6-1 189 L 9/20/98
29 Marc-Andre Fleury 33 6-2 180 L Sorel, Quebec 11/28/84
33 Maxime Lagace 25 6-2 190 L St-Augustin, Quebec 1/12/93
30 Malcolm Subban 24 6-2 200 L Toronto, Ontario 12/21/93
Coach: Gerard Gallant