Last week I wrote about the newest NHL expansion franchise in Las Vegas announcing that their name would be the “Vegas Golden Knights” and showcasing their new team logos. I was heavily critical of their chosen main logo not even being an actual knight’s helmet and looking more like something from a “Transformers” movie or 7th century Greece.
Well folks, the team is back in the news again this week. U.S. Army officials are putting the team name under review, as the U.S. Army Parachute Team has been using the name “Golden Knights” since the 1960s.
I don’t necessarily like picking on the new kid in class, but I have a few issues with what’s going on in Vegas. Here we go.
Oh boy! The Las Vegas NHL team finally has a name, logo, and colors. Majority owner Bill Foley revealed the name “Vegas Golden Knights” at Tuesday night’s ceremony just outside of T-Mobile Arena which will host the team’s home games.
The Golden Knights will be placed into the Western Conference’s Pacific Division starting next year and will have the third best odds at receiving the number one draft pick this summer. They also will get to select a player from each NHL team in the 2017 expansion draft, which means one of our beloved Capitals will be suiting up in gold, black, grey, and red as soon as next October.
We’ll find out later today what the name and logo will be for the NHL’s new team in Las Vegas. But we already know who one NHL analyst believes the team will take in the expansion draft next spring.
TSN analyst Craig Button shared his draft predictions today, and former Caps and current Preds beat writer Adam Vingan was kind enough to post a screenshot on Twitter. Button believes the Vegas team will take defenseman Dmitry Orlov from the Caps.
Las Vegas General Manager George McPhee seems to be on a big game hunt in Northern Virginia. Tuesday, the team to be named later announced the hiring of Vojtech Kucera as its Director of European scouting. Kucera’s previous employer is the Washington Capitals, where he had been a European scout for 16 years, most of them under McPhee.
Two weeks ago, Hockey Night In Canada’s Elliotte Friedman reported that Las Vegas asked the Capitals for permission to interview Ross Mahoney, opening up the possibility that the Caps’ current assistant GM could reunite with McPhee, Mahoney’s longtime friend and mentor. 11 days later, McPhee announced the hiring of the 55-year-old McCrimmon.
Photo: Ovi’s Instagram (@aleksandrovechkinofficial)
Let’s face it, Alexander Ovechkin is having a better summer than any of us. While we’re sweating out 96 degrees and a billion percent humidity in our business-casual khakis, the Capitals’ captain is chiiiiillllliiinnng poolside in Vegas with the most random assortment of people imaginable.
And he seems to have lost his shirt.
Here’s a who’s-who of those with whom Ovechkin is hanging out with.
A year ago at this time, Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin was in London supporting fiancee Maria Kirilenko at Wimbledon. This year: not so much.
That’s because the engaged Ovechkin (still technically a bachelor) is in Las Vegas one week before the NHL Awards. He’s there with some of his best friends for what seems to be a party of some sort. In completely unrelated news: AskMen just named Sin City the number-one bachelor party destination.
Ovechkin has done us all a solid by incoherently chronicling his trip on Instagram. The most compelling thing he’s posted so far has been the video of him at the pool. People walk by him like he’s no big deal. Only in Vegas, I guess.
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