As the Vegas Falcons prepare for their 6th season in the…
Wait, that doesn’t sound right.
As the Vegas Desert Knights prepare for….
Nope, still feels a bit off.
Six years ago now, a real discussion somewhat similar to this was being held in the conference rooms of the Fidelity National Investments building just off Summerlin Parkway. While the permanent home of the NHL’s 31st franchise was still under construction a team of designers from Adidas headed up by Jeff Eagles met and presented various team names, logos, fonts, colors, jerseys, and more with The Creator, George McPhee, and a few others representing what would eventually become the Vegas Golden Knights.
In a recent YouTube video from jersey fanatics, Icethetics, Jeff Eagles, the Adidas Design Director at the time, shared some of the early team names, logos, and jersey designs for the team that were eventually tweaked or abandoned completely.
The final three names that were presented to the team were Falcons, Desert Knights, and Golden Knights (Silver Knights was also considered as the NHL team name for a time).
Obviously, The Creator was stuck pretty strongly on Knights, so the majority of the logo create centered around Golden or Desert Knights.
Interestingly, a secondary logo seemed to have made it fairly far into the process and was consistently used in the late jersey mockups. It utilized the phrase found on the Nevada state flag “Battle Born.”
The teardrop-shaped logo appeared on a single shoulder of many jersey concepts presented to The Creator and Co.
And lastly, one of the more contentious issues that surrounded the team in the aftermath of the unveiling of the name was the decision to drop the “Las” from the city name.
In the build-up, we reported pretty early on that it was a likelihood it would happen, but the designs on Eagles’ site show a version of the wordmark with the full Las Vegas Golden Knights name.
Pretty neat stuff all around.