Posts Tagged ‘Bill Foley’

The Vegas Golden Knights became a genuine contender faster than anyone could’ve anticipated, and are going to reap obvious unintended benefits, as a result, this summer.

Against all projections, Vegas made the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural season and is now looking to topple the Washington Capitals, splitting the first two games of the series.

Since the vast majority of the Golden Knights’ roster was accrued through the expansion draft, the team has ample cap space and will be a major player in free agency, owner Bill Foley indicated in an extensive Q+A with The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun.

Oh, we’re going to make an effort. There’s always transition on a team. There’s always two, three or four guys that will want to do something else or who may want a little more term or a little more money than we’re prepared to advance. We like all of our guys, we love our players. But we’re realists. And they’re businessmen just like we are. So we’re planning right now. Vaughn Karpan, our director of player personnel, has been in the last week or so, we’re analyzing all the free agents, we’re thinking about who might be a UFA that might come our direction; we’re thinking about other guys under contract with various teams that maybe get traded, maybe their contracts are a little heavy for that team. And we have $30 million in cap space, so we have a lot of cap space and we have the money to spend. We’re not going to be shy.

Foley also indicated the Golden Knights exceeded his initial expectations.

“I first said three years, in three years we’d get there and be in the playoffs. I was sort of timing our draft picks we got last year, that those guys would start rotating in, in about three to five years and then we’d make a run in five. But I misjudged the character and the quality and dedication of our team. They’re unbelievable.”

The Golden Knights are undeniably one of the surprise stories of the North American sports calendar and it’s a scary proposition that they could stand to significantly improve over the summer.

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The U.S. Army is renewing its battle with the Vegas Golden Knights over their team name, but the club insists it’s done nothing wrong.

On Wednesday, the Department of the Army filed a notice of opposition against Black Knight Sports and Entertainment – the company that owns and operates the NHL expansion franchise – with the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office over the use of the club’s moniker, as obtained by SportsLogos.net’s Chris Creamer.

The team fired back Thursday.

“We strongly dispute the Army’s allegations that confusion is likely between the Army Golden Knights parachute team and the Vegas Golden Knights major-league hockey team,” the NHL squad said in a statement, via Sports Illustrated’s Alex Prewitt.

“Indeed, the two entities have been coexisting without any issues for over a year (along with several other Golden Knights trademark owners) and we are not aware of a single complaint from anyone attending our games that they were expecting to see the parachute team and not a professional hockey game,” the Golden Knights added.

“That said, in light of the pending trademark opposition proceedings, we will have no further comment at this time and will address the Army’s opposition in the relevant legal forums.”

Golden Knights owner Bill Foley, a U.S. Military Academy graduate, said in the past that he initially wanted to call the team the Black Knights, the name used by Army’s athletic program, but settled on Golden Knights because that’s the name of the school’s parachute team.

The NHL club has until Feb. 19 to respond to the notice of opposition.

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Wayne Gretzky sees a bright future for the Vegas Golden Knights.

In a Wednesday interview with “NHL Tonight,” the league’s all-time leading scorer spoke highly of hockey’s newest franchise, which will begin play this season.

“It’s wonderful,” Gretzky said. “It’s great for the sport, and it’s just going to grow and get bigger and better.”

Led by owner Bill Foley, general manager George McPhee, and coach Gerard Gallant, the Golden Knights expect to be an exciting addition for the NHL, featuring key expansion picks like James Neal, Jonathan Marchessault, and three-time Stanley Cup winner Marc-Andre Fleury.

That group will be expected to not only deliver a fun on-ice product, but to build up hockey in the community and with the Golden Knights’ budding fan base.

Gretzky can certainly relate, and it wasn’t by mistake his talk with “NHL Tonight” was held Wednesday, 29 years to the day he was shipped from Edmonton to Los Angeles, paving the way for hockey in the Sun Belt.

The Kings were the first entry into the Golden State in 1967 – alongside the now-defunct California Seals – but it was Gretzky’s acquisition that put hockey in the Hollywood spotlight.

“I think (for) my first exhibition game, we had 9,000 people in the stadium, and I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, what have I gotten myself into?'” Gretzky said. “But thankfully, the whole organization understood that it was going to be a process. And we were all a big part of that.

“We weren’t just a hockey team. We had to do extra things. We had to get out into the community. We had to really put our foot behind youth hockey and really do extra work, and the players really enjoyed it. They really wanted to make hockey part of the culture of California.”

Through expansion and relocation, the NHL has since added five more franchises in the American Southwest, covering San Jose, Anaheim, Phoenix, Dallas, and now Las Vegas.

And while Gretzky hopes things go smoothly for the Golden Knights, games against his Oilers, where he serves as partner and vice chair, could be a different story.

“Now that I’m back in that division with Edmonton, I hope (the Golden Knights) don’t get too good,” Gretzky quipped. “I do pull for people who are good people, and it is a good organization.”

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The Vegas Golden Knights‘ nickname lives on.

The NHL expansion franchise has received official approval from the United States Patent and Trademark Office to continue to use its nickname for identification and competition purposes, according to Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

That same approval has not yet been granted for the logo, and that specific trademark request is suspended pending further appeal. The team will, however, continue to sell merchandise featuring the logo.

“We’re happy,” team owner Bill Foley said. “We got what we wanted. We’ve got ‘Golden Knights’ for hockey and we knew it would work out. We’re not worried about the (logo) issue. That will work itself out in time. But we’re not paying anyone anything.”

The nickname approval comes after an appeal filed in June following the denial of an application from Black Knight Sports and Entertainment – Foley’s company – because the Vegas Golden Knights trademark was deemed to too closely resemble that of The College of Saint Rose Golden Knights, based in Albany, N.Y.

The club received notification of the ruling on Aug. 4.

Carp adds Golden Knights team merchandise is protected under the league’s trademark banner, and there is indeed nothing preventing the team from using and selling merchandise branded with the team’s logo.

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Bill Foley is extending a welcoming hand to the NFL’s Oakland Raiders.

The owner of the NHL’s Golden Knights offered congratulations to Mark Davis and the Oakland Raiders after it was confirmed the team would be relocating to Las Vegas for the 2019 season.

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It truly is an exciting time to be from Las Vegas. There is only a select group of cities in North America that are home to both an NHL and an NFL franchise and Vegas is now one of them.

This alone should be a great source of pride for our community and our fans. Las Vegas has always been one of the most popular destination cities in the world and it is now emerging as a premier location for major league professional sports.

The Raiders are set to build a new stadium in Las Vegas, while the Golden Knights are set to take to the ice at T-Mobile Arena beginning next season.

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The NHL officially became a 31-team league Wednesday, with the Vegas Golden Knights making their final expansion payment. Bill Foley’s in business.

As general manager George McPhee looks to make his first official transaction, Foley, the team’s owner, has big plans for his team. His practice facility is being built, his scouts are doing work over in Europe, a uniform is on the way, and now he’s shifting his sights to broadcast deals.

“My goal is to make our team the team of the Rockies,” Foley told ESPN’s Arash Markazi. “We want to be the team that broadcasts in Boise, Reno, Salt Lake City, St. George, Utah, all through Montana and into Fresno, which is a shared territory, and San Francisco.

“It’s the Vegas Golden Knights, but we’re really going to be the Rocky Mountain Golden Knights,” he said. “We’re going to be everywhere.”

McPhee will be at the general managers meetings next week in Florida, and it’s only a matter of time before Vegas has its first player.

Excited, yet?

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Sin City wants its kids to play in the Windy City.

The Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL’s newest expansion team that will begin play next season, are in discussion with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves to partner as its minor-league affiliate, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

The Wolves are currently the farm team of the St. Louis Blues, though Golden Knights owner Bill Foley has previously expressed that Vegas will look to share a minor-league affiliate before purchasing its own.

The Golden Knights hope to have their own AHL club in the west in the future, with possible homes including Reno, Nev., Salt Lake City, Utah, and Fresno, Calif.

Foley has previously stated that he hopes to have the Golden Knights’ affiliate finalized in January.