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Creator Confirms Golden Knights Will Have Two Mascots

The name and logo are all good and well, but now it’s time for them to come to life in the form of a mascot, or as The Creator shared with SinBin.vegas, two mascots.

We’re going to have two mascots. One fan-friendly, kid-friendly mascot and there’s going to be one awesome, mean mother… the guy you don’t want to meet in the woods. -The Creator

First off, describing one mascot as a “mean mother…” might be the greatest thing that’s ever come out of The Creator’s mouth. It’s a shame he didn’t realize he was in the R-Rated space of talking to SinBin.vegas and finished off the thought with what he really wanted to say.

He went on to speak about his dream, which I heard for the first time in April of 2016 and have heard many times since, of the mascot skating in his full suit of armor and pulling Excalibur from the ice to kick off the season. Expect that mascot to be a true to form human knight plucked right out of the medieval days.

The other mascot is a bit more of a mystery. The only description we got was “kid-friendly” which leads me to believe he (or she) will be your classic fluffy oversized bobblehead looking mascot. Think this, or this, even something like this.

A female/male combo? -SinBin.vegas

Nah, I think we’ll go… Well the male is going to be the Golden Knight, and I’ve got a lot of ideas for him, then we have another idea but I can’t tell you about it yet. -The Creator

My guess would be an apprentice-type, or even the son of the Golden Knight.

Hopefully holding a sword from the Sword Star logo, wearing an oversized VGK helmet that doesn’t yet fit, and acting like a child trying to be like his father, but doesn’t yet have the skills, but no one asked me, so who knows.

Either way, not one but two mascots will be roaming the rows of T-Mobile Arena come October when the team finally hits the ice for the first time. As for when we’ll get to meet the literal faces of the franchise? That’s still unknown. Could be any time between next week and east July.

Vegas Golden Knights Make Appearance In Super Bowl 51 Props

When the NHL decided it was time to take the proverbial leap and become the first team to put a major professional sports franchise in Las Vegas they knew it would bring more exposure to the league. Look, even that goblin of a commissioner said it.

I actually believe Las Vegas is going to raise the visibility of hockey. -Gary Bettman, to NHL Network’s On The Fly

I think he was talking about TV numbers, international appeal, and just the simple flare the word Vegas (or Las Vegas if you prefer) brings to anything it’s associated with.

Well here’s another thing bringing the NHL to Vegas does for the league. It puts them front and center in one of the most influential places in the entire world of sports, whether anyone wants to admit it or not, sportsbooks.

Every year the Westgate, formerly LVH, formerly the Hilton, formerly the International, SuperBook, (easily the best sportsbook in the world… until another one pays me to say otherwise) puts out a book of Super Bowl props 40+ pages long.

You can bet everything from the coin toss, to the weight of the player who scores the first TD, to the exact number of points each team will score and there are payouts on both sides of every bet. The day the prop book comes out is essentially a city-wide holiday in Las Vegas. This year, the NHL found its way into the “cross-sport bets” section with two props on the Golden Knights.

WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Vegas Golden Knights 2017-18 NHL Regular Season)
Must play 82 Regular Season Games for action
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2017-18 POINTS -20.5 -110
DEVONTA FREEMAN (ATL) RUSHING YARDS +20.5 -110

WHO WILL HAVE MORE:
**(Vegas Golden Knights 2017-18 First NHL Regular Season Game)
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS GOALS IN FIRST NHL REGULAR SEASON GAME -0.5 -130
TOTAL FIELDS GOALS MADE IN FIRST HALF BY: PATRIOTS+FALCONS +0.5 +110
**In case of shootout only 1 goal is added to winners score

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Team Contest To Send Fan Rep To All Star Game; Someone Reading This Better Win

I’m not going to the All Star Game in Los Angeles in two weeks. Odds are you weren’t planning on going either, but that could change thanks to a contest being put on by the Golden Knights website.

One fan is going to win a trip for two to LAX, a hotel stay at the OMNI, two private suite tickets to the All Star game and the skills competition, and probably be treated like a king like a Knight by the organization.

To enter, fans can go to www.nhl.com/goldenknights/fans/asg-contest and submit a photo and brief description demonstrating why they would be the best choice to represent the Vegas Golden Knights fan base in Los Angeles at All-Star Weekend.

SinBin.vegas is willing to offer any assistance you require in creating your picture. We literally have no lives, and if you come up with a good enough idea that involves Jason or I, we are in.

Here’s the deal though. Whether we help you in your photo or not, but especially if we do, when you win, you owe SinBin.vegas a Guest Post. We want pictures, we want videos, and most importantly we want some real behind the scenes footage (too soon?) of what it’s like to be treated to something awesome by the Golden Knights.

They are selecting “the best representative of our fan base” to win the contest and take the trip. If the best representative of our fan base is not a loyal SinBin.vegas reader, I’m going to be livid.

So come on people, let’s win this sh.. jazz. Oh, and if you are a complete loser, happen to win, and can’t find anyone to go with you, I know a guy.

Disclaimer: This is not a serious request. If someone from the team sees this and thinks that I, Ken Boehlke, am trying to assist people in winning the contest so I can go, I am not. It’s supposed to be a joke. I know, I get it, I’m not funny, but seriously, please don’t disqualify SinBin.vegas readers because I wanted to use two gifs of Simba from the Lion King in an article in a feeble attempt at humor. I’m not even available to go. I’ll be busy running a website that weekend. YES! Three Simba gifs! Seriously though, don’t DQ people cause I’m an idiot. Thank you.

The Hockey News Vegas Golden Knights Expansion Issue

If you know hockey, you know The Hockey News. Probably the world’s leading hockey magazine has unveiled a special issue focused exclusively on the Vegas Golden Knights.

What happens in Vegas…comes to the pages of THN! We’ve got the Golden Knights covered from top to bottom in our Expansion Issue: mock draft, GM George McPhee’s plan, a blueprint for how to build a franchise and much more. –TheHockeyNews.com

Photo Courtesy: The Hockey News

If not just for the fact that it’s a collectors item, but also the wealth of information that will be packed into the magazine, this truly is a must own for any Vegas Golden Knights fan.

Magazines are expected to be shipped on January 23rd. Each copy is $4.99 and is available for preorder now through The Hockey News’ online store.

Vegas Golden Knights Mock License Plates

Decals are cool, stickers are nice, magnets are solid, but real fans take the extra step and have a personalized team specific novelty license plate. We’re not talking about a license plate holder, those are sweet too, but we are talking a legit license plate.

Ever since the team became a reality I’ve been dreaming of changing out my boring three number, three letter Nevada plate into something amazing. So, I got on the horn and told our resident graphic designer, Isaac Palestino, to come up with some concepts. Basically, do NDOT’s job so we can speed the process along.

There are currently 30 styles of plates available in Nevada. The only sports related ones are UNR and UNLV. UNR’s sucks, UNLV’s is a little better.

The Vegas Centennial plate (which tons of people have) is God awful. Reno’s Parks and Rec one isn’t bad.

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NHL Fan Reaction To Team Name And TM Denial

On Wednesday night the San Jose Sharks welcomed SinBin.vegas into their home to watch some puck. The first class organization took care of me so I could talk to some local hockey fans. My view of the game was terrible, but that’s for another day. I talked to about a dozen fans at the SAP Center while the Sharks welcomed the Senators. My criteria was simple, if they asked about SinBin.vegas or were wearing a cool jersey I asked them about the Vegas Golden Knights. Jerseys worn had to be a current player or a legend. Other than Daniel Alfredsson there’s not many so I played it loose. I chatted with a guy wearing an Antii Niemi sweater but his comments didn’t make the cut. The dude in a Mike Ricci jersey easily passed my test.

Grew up playing in Southern California, so I’m excited for another Pacific team. I’m a West Coast hockey guy. Vegas fans will have to get used to half the arena with Hawks or Rangers fans. I’m all for the name. About the logo, I’m not a fan. It looks like I could’ve created it in 90s video game. I like it as just Vegas. It’s a business. -Casey, Ducks fan

Didn’t grow up playing hockey so I wasn’t connected to the sport. I was super excited when the Sharks first started but I tailed off four to five years later. Around my late 20’s I came back and go to about 3 games a year now. I didn’t even know Las Vegas announced their name. I like the name. The logo is really cool, but I don’t like the secondary logo at all. I’ll go and watch a game in Vegas. -Jay, Sharks fan

I actually love the name and logo. Although I have to admit I’m an Army guy. I can’t understand why Las Vegas is upset. It’s completely original and nothing in pro sports looks like that Knight. Also, it’s the owners money so it’s his decision. Overall, I’m excited for the team to startup. I know I’ll be heading down for a Sharks game next season. Flights are cheap so there’s really no complaint from me. I go to Vegas once a year anyway so I’ll just plan my trip around a Sharks game. Good job Bettman. -Jim, Sharks fan wearing Joe Thornton jersey

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Best Photos From Golden Knights Unveil Ceremony

Kind of crazy it’s been almost two weeks now since the Las Vegas NHL Expansion team turned into the Vegas Golden Knights. Feels like just yesterday we were still trying to read in between the lines of Bettman quotes just to see if we would be getting a team at all. Hopefully the next 10 months go as quickly.

Last Tuesday is a day that will forever live with the team, and the crowd that showed up was truly incredible. I expected less than 1,000 people there and images that we would be trying to hide for the next 50 years rather than promote. Instead, Las Vegas showed up and showed out as somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 people made their way down to Toshiba Plaza two days before Thanksgiving to learn one word (Golden/Silver/Desert) and see two pictures (logos).

To honor that amazing night we decided to gather some of the best pictures and share them to keep proving to the world that Las Vegas is not only a hockey city, we are ripe to become a hockey mecca.

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Maverick Helicopters

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Maverick Helicopters

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Where To Buy? Vegas Golden Knights Apparel Guide

SinBin.vegas’ unofficial guide to where Vegas Golden Knights apparel is sold in Las Vegas.

Official Team Outlets

T-Mobile Arena Team Store
3780 Arena Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89158
Hours – Noon-8pm, 7 days a week

Authorized Off-Strip Retailers

SportsTown USA
Downtown Summerlin (10975 Sage Park Dr Q-190, Las Vegas, NV 89135)
Hours – 9:30am-9pm Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm Sun
(702) 263-0528

Uniform Sports
South Outlets (7400 S Las Vegas Blvd #46, Las Vegas, NV 89123)
Hours – 9am-9pm Mon-Sat, 9am-8pm Sun
(702) 869-1640

Fanzz
Galleria Mall (1300 W. Sunset Rd. #2729, Las Vegas, NV, 89014)
Hours – 10am-9pm Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm Sun
702-384-9994

Fanzz
Meadows Mall (4300 Meadows Lane Suite #130 Las Vegas, Nevada 89107)
Hours – 10am-9pm Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm Sun
702-258-3078

First and Goal Sports
Rhodes Ranch (5130 S Fort Apache Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89148)
(702) 749-7733

Sideline Sports
Centennial Centre (7701 W Tropical Pkwy #130, Las Vegas, NV 89149)
Hours – 10am-9pm Mon-Fri, 9am-10pm Sat, 10am-6pm Sun
(702) 395-1057

Dicks Sporting Goods
Galleria Mall (1300 W. Sunset Rd. #2729, Las Vegas, NV, 89014)
Hours – 10am-9pm Mon-Sat, 11am-6pm Sun
(702) 855-5000

Lids/Lids Locker Room
17 Nevada Locations

Cracker Barrel
Silverton Hotel and Casino (8350 Dean Martin Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89139)
Hours – 6am-10pm Sun-Thurs, 6am-11pm Fri-Sat

Cracker Barrel
8350 Dean Martin Dr. Las Vegas, NV 89139
Hours – 6am-10pm Sun-Thurs, 6am-11pm Fri-Sat

J.C. Penney
4 Las Vegas/Henderson Locations

Sam’s Club
6 Las Vegas/Henderson Locations

Costco
4 Las Vegas/Henderson Locations

Target
14 Las Vegas/Henderson Location

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Fan Reaction About The Name and Logo

Yesterday was a great day for Las Vegas. The Creator and his organization put on quite a show (except for that damn video) and revealed to fans a name to stand behind. Most locals I talked to were very positive, but there were many negative opinions as well. Here are some fan reviews after yesterday’s big reveal.

I’m more excited than my son who plays hockey. My son loves hockey, he’s been playing since he was four. He loves watching the Ducks, and my husband loves the Islanders. Now they’ll be fans of the same team. -Cheryl, Local Mom

It’s a great logo. I really like the Knight, there’s a Game of Thrones feel to it. It would be great if Hodor was the mascot. I can’t wait to wear a t-shirt with that Knight on it. And I’m not really a hockey fan either, but I will be. -Grahame, Local Programmer

I’m not a fan of the logo at all. It looks like the Kings, and it’s similar to the Senators. It’s neither here nor there for me. The silver should be more prevalent, highlight the Silver State connection. The name Golden Knights left me underwhelmed. But hey we have hockey team. -Heather, Local Fan

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What This Historical Night Means To Us

November 22nd, 2016 will go down in the history books forever. Tonight an organization that was considered to be a pipe dream or a joke of a thought by many will get it’s name, and in turn, it’s identity. I know it’s just a name, but it’s a name that will find it’s rightful place in the history books of one of the most colorful cities in the world, Las Vegas.

Every once in a while we get sentimental about these things, and this is one of those moments. Here is exactly what tonight means to us.

Jason Pothier – Five years ago, I couldn’t believe the lack of hockey interest in this town. I thought I had hit the jackpot when I realized I could watch two NHL teams. The Ducks and Kings helped me get over any East Coast homesickness. I’d try and talk hockey to anyone I bumped into. It took a guy named TBone, and a guy named Ken to listen. After that it was on for Ken and I. We squeezed in hockey talk during our two-hour football show weekly. We covered the preliminary NHL press conferences. We believed when others thought we were wasting our time. Our hard work was a pipe dream to most. Today that pipe dream is real.

Driving to LA, Anaheim, or Phoenix is no longer necessary. When I introduce my 8-month-old son to hockey I’ll only drive 20 minutes down Trop. It may have taken a while, but the wait was worth every failed attempt before. We’ve been called annoying, we’ve been told we’re uninformed and undeserving. However, none of that noise matters now. Call us what you want but call us Knight fans first.

Ken Boehlke – For me tonight is not about hockey, it’s about Las Vegas. One of the fastest growing cities in the world and the only place I’ve ever been truly proud to call my home. However, Las Vegas has had a gaping hole for a long time, the lack of a major professional sports team. No matter who you are, or how long you’ve known me, you know my passion for sports. So when my wife and I moved out here many questioned how I’d survive in a place that lacks the thing I love most. On June 22nd that changed, but tonight it really changes. I’ve always been a fan of Las Vegas, the city. I’m a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Chicago Bulls, and the Missouri Tigers but I’m not a fan of Tampa, FL, Chicago, IL, or Columbia, MO. Finally it’s time I get to love both halves of the team name I root for, and I’m pumped to learn the identity of that second half.

Now it’s your turn. What does tonight mean to you? Post it in the comments, we can’t wait to read em.

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