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
Vegas baby. I like that it’s not Las Vegas. Who cares what the name is. Stop being so whiney Vegas fans. You got a team now, that’s all that should matter. I do feel bad though, because they’re gonna get their asses kicked. I remember the Sharks did and now it’ll be fun to see another team go through it. – Kate, Sharks fan wearing Brent Burns jersey
What a sh*t show. How do they screwup a name trademark? I think it’s silly anyway, a team in Las Vegas. There’s no fans there. An expansion team really should’ve gone to Quebec. -Mark, Senators Fan wearing Erik Karlsson jersey
I like the name. Don’t really care for the secondary logo. Personally, I think it’s silly that people complain it’s too close to the Kings theme. It’s a great name and primary logo. I live here now so I go to about 10 games a year here just to watch hockey. But I’ll definitely go to a Vegas game when they come into town. My son will probably like that team more than the Sharks. -Lionel, Kings fan
Stupid name, stupid logo. Please take Brenden Dylan, we’ll be fine without him. I won’t go down to Las Vegas for a game but I’ll watch them up here. It’s a good idea to have a team in Nevada but the name is terrible. It sounds like a college team. And just Vegas instead of Las Vegas is stupid too. I’m just not keen to any of the decisions they made. Good luck to them it’s not my team. I’m worried about this team on the ice now. -Bruce, Sharks fan wearing Mike Ricci jersey
As you can tell it’s a mixed bag. Some like the idea of a new NHL team. Others were very negative, especially after the denied trademark news came out. Overall, Sharks fans are Sharks fans and really only care about their team. Many of them hope the Knights lose more games than the early San Jose teams. Tension is building and fans of Pacific teams are ready to beat the Golden Knights. Most seem to think that their team will mop the ice with Vegas. They look at it like it’ll be an easy two points. Hopefully, they’ll be disappointed and go home broke.
The Golden Knight’s house always wins.