With Training Camp less than two weeks away the Golden Knights have released the jersey numbers for the inaugural roster. Here they are.
Right now if you head down to The Armory at T-Mobile Arena, you can become one of the first to pre-order a Golden Knights jersey. The tough part is deciding which name to choose to put on the back. We’re here to help aid in that process.
The Safe Picks
Marc-Andre Fleury and Deryk Engelland
The Flower is already the fan favorite in Vegas, and will almost certainly be starting in net on Opening Night. Engelland is the hometown hero who is the only free agent that decided to join the Golden Knights (I know there were others, but c’mon). Both are safe because we are pretty darn sure neither are going to be traded before the season begins. Short term, these are safe and good options. Long term might be a bit riskier.
Fleury has two years left on his contract and the Golden Knights are already lining up options to take over behind him. Odd are Fleury will be around for the entire inaugural season, but his second season and beyond gets tough. He’s going to be a candidate for a deadline deal in 2019 and will likely not remain with the Golden Knights after he hits free agency. Similarly, Engelland will be in Vegas for this season, but the future beyond 2018 is a major question mark. Really can’t go wrong with either, but chances are, you’ll be needing a replacement sooner than later if you go this route.
The Names You Know
James Neal, David Perron, and Brayden McNabb
You can expect every guy on this list to be on the first 23 man roster the Golden Knights release, but they are all going to be dangled to other teams as the season progresses. Here’s the biggest problem with having a jersey with any of these names on the back of it, the better he plays, the more likely he is to be shipped out. So, you are either stuck with a jersey of a guy playing poorly or a guy playing great (for a bad team) who is probably getting traded. Not exactly ideal for your first Golden Knights jersey.
Reid Duke and Vadim Shipachyov
Both are great options but come with major concerns. With Duke, the concern is right away in the fact that he’s probably not going to make the team out of camp (and possibly ever). But, he’ll always be the first Golden Knight, he’s an awesome guy , and everybody loves a good underdog story.
It’s a moment Golden Knights fans have been waiting for since the moment they were told the team name. Finally, at an Adidas event at Intrigue at the Wynn, the Golden Knights revealed their jerseys for the 2017-18 season.
Here are our observations followed by a bunch of photos and a few videos.
- The jersey looks a lot better in person than it does on the pictures.
- The design inside of the crest and the “rivets” are unique and certainly add to the logo on the jersey. Hopefully they keep them off the logo though.
- The alternate logo on the shoulders looks spectacular.
- The red color pops off the jersey much more when you see it with the pants and socks. On just the sweater portion, the red really gets lost.
- The inside of the collar with the Vegas word mark is nice.
- The collar is also two colors. It is black along the back and grey as it comes to the NHL logo in the front.
- The NHL logo is very shiny, maybe too shiny.
- The team gloves on the mannequin were white with gold accents. The Creator told me he doesn’t love the white gloves, that he wanted them to be all gold. An Adidas representative who works very closely with the jerseys said the gold patten cannot be replicated on gloves because it will fall apart. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when October rolls around.
- As for the helmet, it is black. There was a ton of chatter about it being gold, but it was seemingly vetoed by Adidas and/or the league. The Creator seemed a little disappointed when I asked him about it, but did say he likes the look of the black. Another issue is that it’s hard to replicate gold across multiple helmet manufacturers. There are up to around four different helmets players use and matching the gold to the jersey would have been “nearly impossible” as the rep told me.
- Remember the idea of the jerseys being a “suit of armor” and having a”chainmail” pattern. That was there in one of the original concepts, but it went away rather quickly. According to Adidas, there hasn’t been chainmail in the design for quite some time.
The wait for jerseys just got one day shorter. An email to the media confirmed a special event at Intrique at the Wynn on June 20th to unveil Adidas’ versions of the NHL jerseys.
The event will put on display all 31 teams new Adidas branded jerseys. Yes, that would indeed include the Golden Knights jerseys. The event is not open to the public.
The Armory, the team store at T-Mobile Arena, is slated to open June 21st to coincide with the Expansion Draft and Awards.
While the jerseys will be shown off in two weeks, they will not be available to buy, wear, and bring home. The team is planning a pre-order process that will begin at the Expansion Draft and afterwards. They expect jerseys to be available for sale in mid-September.
That’s all we know at the moment, but expect more events to come as the Golden Knights and the NHL prepare for what will be an historic week in Vegas.
Adidas is taking over as the official supplier of the NHL in 2017-18, Vegas’ first season. Most NHL teams currently have three jerseys, a home jersey which is usually the primary color of the team, an away jersey which is always white, and an alternate. However, with Reebok out and Adidas in, that may change, at least for now.
Multiple sources tell the Star Tribune that all NHL teams will be permitted to have only home and road jerseys next season as Adidas takes over for Reebok as the official outfitter of NHL uniforms. –Michael Russo, Star Tribune
As we await the reveal of the Vegas Golden Knights jerseys, we’ve posted our own mock ups, we’ve seen some cool ones on other sites, and we’ve gotten a few little hints from The Creator himself. Today, we received this note via email.
Just plan on the two primary jerseys with some pre game special jerseys that can be used as charity tie in’s during the year. -The Creator
So, no third jerseys and no more logos in addition to the V-Helmet, the Sword Star, and the Vegas Golden Knights word mark for now.
The expectation is still for Vegas to unveil their first sweaters in late-June, but rumors have surfaced that it could be pushed up as soon as March. June 21st makes the most sense as that’s the date the team announces the results of the Expansion Draft, but June 23rd could work as well, especially if the Golden Knights win the lottery and select first at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
Either way, just two, not three jerseys in 2017-18. Saved ya 180 bucks.
For months now we’ve had to refer to the Las Vegas NHL franchise in the abstract, one we knew was coming but couldn’t officially say. Now, we can say we’ve got our team, but what to call them, well, that’ll just have a to wait a bit longer.
During the announcement press conference The Creator dropped a few tidbits on the plans for the name, colors, logos, and jerseys.
I certainly want to thank our fans for our team that doesn’t have a name yet. But we will. We’re planning a big celebration, but we’re going to wait until it cools off. -The Creator
He then went on to hypothesize it’ll cool off some time in September.
Here at SinBin.vegas we have been in contact with the City of Las Vegas and Mayor Carolyn Goodman to arrange Bill Foley Day. It will be held on the same day as the “big celebration.”
New media guy for the organization, Dan Marrazza, gave me the chills with the last line of his first article on the new team website.
Although this will have to wait, the city of Las Vegas’s wait for major league professional sports, and for the NHL, doesn’t. And after years of knowing that #VegasWantsHockey, it can be said that… #VegasIsHockey. -Dan Marrazza, Director of Digital & Social Media
The Las Vegas NHL expansion franchise to be named later won’t lace them up until 2017-18 at the earliest. That makes any and all news about the 17-18 season relevant to those of us pumped to watch our boys (who will be chosen later) take the ice.
— Chris Creamer (@sportslogosnet) September 15, 2015
I’m already on Adidas’
spam email list waiting for the day they release the Vegas uni.
But there’s one other piece of info that came out that’s also significant about jerseys. This courtesy of everyone’s favorite Wyshynski, Greg Wyshynski’s Twitter.
Bettman on ads on #NHL jerseys: “We certainly won’t be the first [League]. And you’d have to drag me kicking and screaming.”
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) September 15, 2015
Thank goodness, cause I was terrified that this was going to be on the front of our jerseys.