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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.


Maverick Helicopters


Maverick Helicopters

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Where To Buy? Vegas Golden Knights Apparel Guide’ 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

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

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

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

4 Las Vegas/Henderson Locations

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.

Trump’s Upset Should Inspire You…To Believe In The Underdog Knights

Wow. What a night. And I’m not talking about the seven goal offensive outburst by Los Angeles. No matter which candidate you voted for, we all witnessed one of the biggest upsets in election history. It’s the 1980 Miracle team of political upsets. Pennsylvania was Mike Eruzione with a late hour vote count. It completely stunned the election experts, the pollsters, and quite frankly the world. Unfortunately, Donald Trump’s victory won’t unite the country like the 1980 Olympic Men’s hockey team.

Trump’s election success proves one thing, the dark horse is still alive. It’s been a year of the little guy winning… or not really, Trump is a billionaire, and the Cubs were the preseason favorite. Okay, so the underdog is sort of alive. The Villanova Wildcats shocked the college basketball world, the Cleveland Cavaliers came back from 3-1, and the Cleveland Indians scratched & clawed to the finish. I know, I know they blew a 3-1 lead. The underdog can’t win them all but maybe the election is a sign the unlikely winner can’t be counted out.

After the madness settled, and President-Elect Trump gave his victory speech I decided to flip through the channels. Lawrence O’Donnell’s & Rachel Maddow’s eye liner was running, and Campaign Carl Cameron was smiling with glee. There wasn’t much agreement among the networks, except for the same shocked reaction. Both sides, were all amazed by Trump’s upset victory. Not one political expert on both sides had the correct results. Even expert pollster Nate Silver apologized for getting it so wrong.

With that being said, last night I placed a $50 dollar wager on Las Vegas to win the 2018 Stanley Cup (Ken joined me too). You could’ve called me a nitwit yesterday. After today’s election result, I’m feeling confident. Sure the odds are absurd, but this could be the term of the underdog. If it is, I’m getting onboard now. Let me ride my #MAGA dollars all the way to the Stanley Cup. So join me, place a small wager on The Creator’s squad. If the Knights win, we all look like geniuses. If the Knights lose, who cares they weren’t expected to be competitive. Either way, 100-1 is a major long-shot. Although, after the 2016 election nothing seems impossible.

The Case Of The Missing Name

One of the coolest things about running this website has been the incredible interaction I’ve had with some insanely talented people. Graphic designers, Photoshop wizards, videographers, website owners who end up employed by the teamt-shirt designers, domain name geniuses, lawyers, popcorn poppers, you name it, you guys have reached out to me and it’s been really awesome.

Whether on Twitter, Facebook, email or in person, you wouldn’t believe the number of conversations I’ve had with fans of a team that didn’t exist and now does but still won’t have a player for another eight months. Honestly, I’ve had my doubts about how successful this team is going to be, there have been tough days trying to drum up interest to a fan base I feel is growing at a snail’s pace, but it’s those interactions that will always keep me optimistic.

So, why am I saying all of this? Well, I got an email about a month and a half ago with something I wanted to share with everyone who visits this site, but we’ve been waiting for the perfect time to do it. When we broke the news that November 22nd is the date of the team name unveil, the story I was sent got it’s necessary conclusion, and now it’s time to share it to the world.

The author’s name is Michael Shevlane and he sent in what he dubbed “a dectective noir” about the team name saga the Las Vegas franchise has gone through since the announcement of the team. Without further ado, I present you,

The Case of the Missing Name

So there’s this wise guy here on the west side of town, goes by the name of Freddie Four Fingers, on account of losing his thumb in a hitch-hiking accident. Anyways, Freddie comes to me and drops the scoop on this new hockey club, said to be muscling into town just off the Boulevard.

Their don, a big-money type called Foley, or how he’s know on the streets, The Creator, is said to be putting his feelers out all over town, finding drones for his clan, if you get me. His lair is a big old place they say is in between the boroughs of New York and the jewel of Monaco, whatever that means, and he has space for thousands of minions. A real takeover, as they say. He has some overlords up in the Big Apple who give him the thumbs up to get set up, and they’ve been seen around town, pressing flesh and handing dimes under the table, so as to get their guy off to a bright start.

Anyways, as soon as Freddie caught wind of all this he had come to me, as he owes me for a couple of jobs I did for his people back in the day, snooping round some deals gone bad, that kind of thing. When I hear about this new organization, my ears perk right up, and I rinse him for the low down till he’s Mojave dry. Seems they were already dug in, with their new hires in tow, and were building up to some kind of big job next year.

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How To Not Get Bored Waiting This NHL Season

Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited to watch tonight’s rivalry games. It’ll be interesting to see how the Sharks come out after a long postseason. Or how the Kings will respond to their early exit. That’s only the Pacific Division. PK in Nashville, Weber in Montreal, and the countless other storylines around the league. It all seems so exciting, but it’s not enough for the already patiently waiting fans of Las Vegas. So here’s a few suggestions on how to get through the 2016-2017 NHL season.

* Get a 2017 calendar, flip to June 22nd, and mark it with a puck, goal horn, or cross-sticks. Start a countdown: Today is 253 days away. Or you can start a countdown on your phone with this cool widget.

* Make a point to watch more hockey. Every Ducks and Kings broadcast is available in Las Vegas. Kings will be on FoxSports West & the Ducks play on Prime Ticket. Both of these teams will try and bully the (Something) Knights around in the Pacific Division. Get used to it,you’ll be seeing a lot of them in the years ahead.

* Also, NBCSN televises many weekly games, including Wednesday night rivalries. Expect to see a lot of Penguins, Blackhawks, Capitals, Rangers, and Flyer games. Get even deeper, and tune in to NBCSN on Friday nights for College Hockey Fridays.

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USA Hockey Store Opens At Fashion Show Mall

The second ever USA Hockey store has just opened its doors to the public on the second level of the Fashion Show Mall.

The store is jammed with all sorts of USA hockey gear as well as World Cup of Hockey stuff, NHL jerseys, hats, shirts, and my favorite, a wide variety of “Old Time Hockey” gear.img_3961

I’m talking Hartford Whalers, Minnesota North Stars, Quebec Nordiques, and many more vintage old school shirts, hats, and such. It’s cool stuff, believe me.

The shop has also guaranteed they will be one of the largest Las Vegas (Something) Knights retailer in the city and have an outstanding order for a ton of merch the moment the team unveils their name and logo.

The store is located in the Fashion Show Mall, which is across from Wynn Casino and just north of Treasure Island. It’s on the far west corner of the mall on the second floor by Dillard’s. If you know where the Apple Store is or, where the actual Fashion Show takes place, it’s right above there. (Seriously, click that last link, they actually have a fashion show in that mall, it’s weird.)

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Focus May Finally Shift To Marketing

Priorities may finally be starting to change in the offices of the still yet to be named Las Vegas NHL franchise. A franchise that was officially awarded 96 days ago and since has added a GM, assistant GM, eight front office staffers with the word director in their title, a scouting staff that recently hit the double digits, multiple ticket executives, a few corporate sales people, and a host of others. It was a staff of 40 (by our count) and prior to today, had an incredibly light focus on marketing.

Via press release, the team announced Kim Frank as the new Vice President of Marketing. She’s a former Washington Capital and has also worked in the D.C. area with the Wizards and Georgetown University tallying an impressive 18 years in the sports marketing business.

But that’s not all., the chosen hiring agency for the new franchise, is also accepting applications for Street Team members who are described to be in charge of off-site events, communicating general hockey information, and INTERACTING WITH FANS.

I don’t use caps lock often, but when I do

Over the first 100 days the focus has been on hockey operations; getting the staff in place that will make sure the team on the ice is a winner. No one can ever argue with that focus, because without that piece, all else is moot. However, the same can be said in reverse. A fan without a team isn’t really a fan, but a team without fans isn’t really a team either.

The team’s Twitter has 33,000 followers. Facebook has 10,400 fans. Instagram has a following of over 5,800. Oh, and remember that story from last week, more than 16,000 season tickets have been sold! There’s a fan base here, there’s just nothing being done to cultivate it.

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Outsiders Overreacting To Vegas Name Because They Have Nothing Better To Do

The NFL opener is a week away, MLB’s playoff race is just ramping up, and the NHL opener is still 40 days.  This is known as the dark days of sports. If you’re not a seamhead, then these days are incredibly boring. I even caught Ken watching the MTV VMA’s. Luckily, college football continues Thursday giving us something to wet our beak.

My theory is during slow, summer days with barely any sports news of substance, the public overreacts to small news. Like the way outsiders are losing their minds on NameGate 2016. Trademarked names are creating a major stir on Twitter, TSN, and Reddit. If it were mid-September, October, or November most people wouldn’t give a damn. Rumored names would be a quick blurb in most people’s feed, but with a light sports menu of August 30th, the lack of a name is now #Trending.

In Las Vegas the climate is much different. Fans get excited every day when they click on and read about a new rumored name. It’s a fun, daily conversation Las Vegans are having online, at the gym, or at the Golden Steer. Whatever name The Creator selects will be widely popular in Las Vegas, eventually. But no matter which name is picked, once the logo is designed, colors are picked, and jerseys are stitched, they won’t be able to keep the apparel on the shelves.

So my friends in Las Vegas ignore the dickhead Deadspin columns. We have a team now. Its name and logo will be revealed sooner rather than later. Local fans will embrace The Creator’s final choice, but outside the 702 it’ll be mocked. Get used to it, they’ll have 400 days to get onboard. Whether it’s Knights, Nights, Hawks, Tigers, Whales, Turtles, or unknowns, we’re just happy we’ve got hockey.

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