Las Vegas Gets NHL Team; Golden Knights Introduced After Previous Delays

Pyrotechnics are fired into the air as the Vegas Golden Knights is announced as the name for the Las Vegas NHL franchise at T-Mobile Arena on November 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Pyrotechnics are fired into the air as the Vegas Golden Knights is announced as the name for the Las Vegas NHL franchise at T-Mobile Arena on November 22, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The NHL’s 31st franchise will be called the Vegas Golden Knights, an announcement that was made Tuesday but was delayed twice, and by several minutes, due to the malfunction of a video that unveiled the name and Star Wars-like logo at a gathering outside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“Believe me, we won’t screw up the first game like we screwed up the video,” principal owner Bill Foley told an audience estimated at 5,000 in the Toshiba Plaza outside the arena as well as an audience watching on the NHL Network. “We’ll do better on the rink.”

Fans booed the introduction of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, although he was instrumental in bringing the NHL to that desert city. “Keep the booing,” he said. “That proves you’re now an NHL city.”

The Golden Knights will begin play next season, following an expansion draft in which each of the current 30 teams will lose one player. They will be in the Pacific division of the Western Conference.

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