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Despite Confusion, Yes You Can Gamble On The Golden Knights

When the NHL decided to put their 31st franchise in between New York New York and Monte Carlo on the Las Vegas Strip, they pretty much resigned to the fact that gambling on the games was going to happen.

However, a recent ESPN article raised some doubts.

I think gambling is irrelevant to what we’re all about. You can’t gamble in the arena. When we have a game day, we go down on the sports books so you won’t be able to bet on the Golden Knights at some of the local casinos. -The Creator to ESPN.com

This sent alarm bells ringing, so we reached out to clarify what he meant and if, like this one from the same story, there was a slight misquote.

“Can’t gamble in the arena,” can be taken many different ways. Sports gambling? Table games? Slots? The answer is the same on all of them. There are no physical gambling machines, tables, or betting windows inside of T-Mobile Arena, and there won’t be during games.

However, being millennials, we are huge fans of mobile sports apps, which allow you to bet from anywhere in the state of Nevada on your phone. Is this going to be somehow restricted in the arena?

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Golden Knights Announce Announcers For TV And Radio Broadcasts

Whether you are watching on TV or listening on the radio, we now know the voices that will guide us through the first season of Vegas Golden Knights hockey.

The Golden Knights announced Dave Goucher will be the play-by-play voice for the team on AT&T Sports Network along with analyst Shane Hnidy, and Dan D’Uva will  be making the calls on FOX Sports Radio 98.9 FM.

Goucher had been the radio play-by-play voice for the Boston Bruins since 2000. Hnidy is a former NHL defenseman who has been doing the same job for the Winnipeg Jets since 2014, and D’Uva has been the voice of the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch since 2012.

Dave Goucher

Dan D’Uva

All three are experienced voices in the hockey community, coupled with the experience in broadcasting games on TV from AT&T Sports Network (previously Root Sports) and on radio with Lotus broadcasting, Golden Knights will be seeing and hearing high-level broadcasts from day one.

This is, of course, assuming you’ll be able to see the Golden Knights here in Vegas. As of right now, neither Cox nor CenturyLink (the two main cable providers in the Las Vegas valley) carry the channel the Golden Knights call their television home. Thus, more than 50% of the homes in southern Nevada would not have the ability to watch Golden Knights games.

Negotiations are still ongoing and all sides remain confident, but the clock is ticking, and as of right now, the “Team of the Rockies” might only be seen in the Rockies.

One Trademark Approved, One Suspended: Golden Knights Will Not Be Forced To Change Name

On December 7th, 2016 the Vegas Golden Knights received notice that their trademark application had been denied by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) due to the likelihood of confusion with the College of St. Rose Golden Knights. On June 6th, 2017, the Vegas Golden Knights responded in a 1,347-page document citing hundreds of examples explaining why they believe there is not a likelihood of confusion.

Unfortunately, for the Vegas Golden Knights, that response was still not fully compelling enough for the USPTO, but it was good enough to end the “will they change the name” drama. The Vegas Golden Knights filed two trademarks, one for “entertainment services, namely, professional ice hockey exhibitions” and another for “clothing.” The first was approved, the second was not.

This means the team name is exclusively trademarked when used for hockey games, and more importantly, confirms the team will not have to change their name. The clothing trademark, on the other hand, was suspended meaning the Golden Knights still do not own the exclusive rights to print the name on gear.

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Arbitrator Awards Nate Schmidt Two Year Contract Worth $4.45M

For the first time since 2015, an NHL player filed for arbitration, went to the hearing, and was awarded a contract via arbitration.

Nate Schmidt, the player Vegas selected from the Washington Capitals at the Expansion Draft, was awarded a two year contract worth $4.45M.

Prior to the arbitration hearing it was reported Schmidt and his agent were seeking a one year deal for $2.75M while the Golden Knights were looking for a two year deal worth around $1M per year. Aside from the obvious difference in contract value, the length was an important portion of these negotiations, and likely the reason an arbitration hearing was necessary.

Schmidt, 26, will be eligible for unrestricted free agency at the end of his next contract, so it would have suited him nicely to be on a one year deal. Vegas on the other hand preferred to keep him under control for as long as possible, especially before having the opportunity to see him play in a Golden Knights jersey.

It went fine. Both sides were very professional and Nate handled it well. –Matt Keator, Schmidt’s agent

Neither the Golden Knights, Schmidt, nor his agent Matt Keator have commented since the ruling.

**We will have more if/when either side comments on the contract.**

Marc-Andre Fleury Unveils Golden Knights Goalie Mask

The face of the franchise unveiled the face he’ll be wearing when he takes his place between the pipes for the Vegas Golden Knights.

First look at Fleury's new @vegasgoldenknights mask! 👀

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**There are three images in that Instagram post. Click the arrows to see the other two**

Marc-Andre Fleury took to social media today to show off the mask he will be wearing for the Golden Knights.

Looking at it head-on, the Vegas Golden Knights primary “V” logo is featured starting above and going through the facemask. It gets lost a bit in the straight-on picture but looking from the side it’s a bit more evident.

The left-hand side is a collage of many different elements from the Vegas Strip including the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, the high roller, Luxor, New York New York’s Statue of Liberty, and the Stratosphere. There are also multiple references to “Golden Knights.” The full logo is shown on a shield near the bottom corner of the mask, and there’s another knight helmet with the “Y” shaped “barbute.” (Read this, that last sentence will make more sense) It kind of looks like King Leonidas’ helmet from 300.

The other side has a knight riding a giant horse. The knight is wearing yet another style helmet not resembling the Golden Knights at all, but he is holding a shield with the Vegas “Sword Star.” The horse is wearing a gold suit of armor as well. Finally, on the chin of the mask, there appears to be a flowery like design which is very similar to the pattern in the gold portion of the Golden Knights jerseys.

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City National Arena/Practice Facility Update – August 2nd, 2017

City National Arena, the home of the Golden Knights practice rink and organizational offices is set to open later this month. Today, media were invited inside to take a look as the NHL rink begins the process of being flooded.

Defensive draw view of the new VGK practice facility.

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The local boy Deryk Engelland is in the house… or practice facility.

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Marc-Andre Fleury’s Day With The Stanley Cup

It’s a long standing tradition in the NHL, each player on the Stanley Cup willing team gets a day to do whatever he pleases with the world’s best trophy. Today, new Vegas Golden Knight Marc-Andre Fleury has his day with the Cup.

https://twitter.com/keeperofthecup/status/888828556192731136

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Practice Facility To Be Named City National Arena

UPDATE: The Golden Knights made this official at 9:19 AM on Monday, July 24th.

We are thrilled to partner with City National Bank on this endeavor, as City National shares in our vision of growing the sport of hockey in Southern Nevada and has a strong commitment to the community. City National Arena will provide best-in-class amenities and programs for all skill levels and experience, regardless of age or gender. We look forward to officially opening our doors later this summer. –The Creator

ORIGINAL STORY (from 7/18/17) – We already knew the Vegas Golden Knights would be playing their home games at T-Mobile Arena, we now know the name of the $25 million building in Downtown Summerlin where they will be practicing.

SinBin.vegas has learned the Golden Knights practice facility is set to be renamed City National Arena in the near future.

A post on social media appeared today confirming the new title sponsor.

City National is a bank with four locations in the valley. Their headquarters are in Los Angeles and are a subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada.

City National Arena in Downtown Summerlin is set to open in late August and will be the home of the first Golden Knights training camp. There will be two full size sheets of ice, the entire Golden Knights staff offices, a workout center, and a second story restaurant overlooking the rinks.

The Golden Knights would not confirm the name.

CMO Nehme Abouzeid Out As CMO Of Golden Knights

Chief Marketing Officer Nehme Abouzeid announced on Facebook today that he is no longer a part of the Vegas Golden Knights organization.

Pro hockey effectively launched in Vegas. City excited. Team drafted. Brand rolled out. Flagship store opened. Fan base engaged and growing. Looking forward to the next journey helping other companies and brands do the same. Look for my own firm launching soon in Vegas. -Nehme Abouzeid on Facebook

Abouzeid was hired in November of 2016 and became the first Las Vegas local on the staff having worked at the Wynn and Sands for the previous decade.

Nehme left the Golden Knights having helped us reach many key milestones. We wish him the utmost success in his future endeavors. -Kerry Bubolz, Golden Knights President

**Stick tap to Jesse Granger of the Las Vegas Sun for breaking this story.**

Three Golden Knights On Hockey Canada World Junior Summer Showcase Roster

This summer from July 28th to August 5th in Plymouth, Michigan, USA Hockey is hosting 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase. Teams from the US, Canada, Sweden, and Finland will participate in the week-long camp meant to prepare teams for December’s IIHF World Junior tournament.

Golden Knights Cody Glass, Nick Suzuki, and Nic Hague were all selected to participate for Hockey Canada in the camp. Nolan Patrick (2017, 2nd overall), Cale Makar (2017, 4th overall), and Pierre-Luc Dubois (2016, 3rd overall) are also part of the Canadian roster.

The top four picks in this year’s draft from the United States, Casey Mittelstadt (8th overall), Josh Norris (19th overall), and Kailer Yamamoto (22nd overall) are all on the American roster.

Rosters for Sweden and Finland have yet to be released, but we can expect to see Erik Brannstrom and possibly Lucas Elvenes on the list for Sweden.

Team Canada’s first game is on August 1st.

Update: Brannstrom is on Sweden’s roster. Elvenes is not. The Golden Knights do not have a representative on Finland or the United States teams. See all rosters here

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