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Halifax’s proposed CFL franchise now has a name — the Atlantic Schooners.

“I’m happy to announce that the 10th team in the CFL will be known as the Atlantic Schooners,” John Ryerson announced to thunderous cheers from hundreds of fans Friday night.

Ryerson spoke at the annual Grey Cup East Coast Kitchen Party. He is the organizer of this longtime Grey Cup social, designed to bring an East Coast flavour to Canada’s big game.

Schooners beat out other suggestions such as Atlantic Convoy, Storm, and Admirals.

It was picked in a contest and already has a history. The Schooners was to be the name for a proposed CFL team in the 1980s, but that dream never materialized.

Fans at the Kitchen Party said it was the right choice.

“I love the name. I was hoping it was going to stay Schooners,” said Daryl Shipman from Winnipeg, clad in a blue Schooners jersey.

“It epitomizes the East Coast, sailing ships, and the Maritime aspect of it.”

Leslie-Anne McKenzie of Calgary, also in Schooner Blue, agreed

“(It’s) absolutely the right name. This is excellent news for the league,” she said.

“The Schooners only makes sense because it’s history.”

Next up is getting a place to play.

The Maritime Football Partnership, which is pursuing the bid, is eyeing a parcel of land on the east side of Halifax harbour for a 24,000-seat facility. The cost is estimated at $170 million to $190 million and the group has said it will need public help with the financing.

So far more than 5,000 fans have put down season ticket deposits.

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie says the CFL is keen to have Halifax become its 10th franchise.

Earlier Friday, speaking to reporters, Ambrosie said the league has signed a step-by-step agreement of what needs to be accomplished to get the franchise launched.

“Ultimately, the big hurdle is the stadium,” said Ambrosie.

But he stressed the willingness is there.

“We’re totally committed to their efforts get that 10th team,” he said.

“For many of us, that’s been a dream now for decades the idea of this truly coast to coast Canadian football league.”

Storied Halifax nevertheless will likely send CFL players running to their atlases, according to a random, unscientific poll of Grey Cup participants in Edmonton.

“(It’s the) first time I heard about Halifax to be honest with you,” said Ottawa Redlbacks receiver R.J. Harris.

“I don’t know anything about it.”

Ottawa slotback Dominique Rhymes, from Miami, had heard good things about the entertainment scene.

“I heard the night life is pretty good,” he said. “I’ve never been, but I think I might go in the coming months.”

Calgary Stampeders linebacker Jamar Wall, from Texas, said “I don’t know anything about Halifax.

“I’ll probably be long gone before that (franchise) happens, but good luck to the guys who could potentially be there.”

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’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.


Bill Foley’s team-naming headache might not be over just yet.

U.S. Army officials are reportedly looking into the Las Vegas NHL franchise’s use of “Golden Knights,” because that nickname belongs to the army’s parachute team.

“We’re reviewing the situation and figuring out what the way ahead would be,” army Marketing and Research Group spokeswoman Alison Bettencourt told Steve DeVane of the Fayetteville Observer, a publication based near Fort Bragg military base in North Carolina.

Foley, the billionaire West Point graduate who owns the expansion club, announced the Golden Knights’ team name and logo last Tuesday. He is apparently aware of the parachute team’s name, but that isn’t stopping the army from taking a closer look.

“We understand that one of the Las Vegas team owners has army connections, and will likely understand our interest in this announcement is meant to protect the proud history of the army’s Golden Knights and their vital role in telling the army story and connecting America with their army,” Bettencourt said.

Foley’s search for a name was held up by copyright hurdles and the NHL’s reluctance to condone references to gambling.

After the Golden Knights’ ill-fated unveiling last week, the owner told Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he originally wanted the army’s Golden Knights to parachute in on the ceremony, but it got “kind of complicated.”

Foley’s interest in using “Black Knights” dates back nearly two years, but that moniker was nixed because it belongs to army’s athletic program.

The ownership group also considered “Silver Knights” and “Desert Knights”before settling on the golden variation.


Mark your calendars, ladies and gentleman, Las Vegas will soon have a team name.

The NHL’s 31st franchise – set to take the ice for the 2017-18 season – will unveil its name and logo Nov. 22, according to Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Commissioner Gary Bettman, owner Bill Foley, and general manager George McPhee will be on hand for the event, where new team merchandise will be available.

Foley has trademarked three names – the Golden Knights, the Silver Knights, and the Desert Knights – but has vowed to keep the winning name a secret until the unveiling.


Toronto mayor John Tory wants Edmonton’s CFL team to change its name.

Tory, who served as the league’s commissioner from 1996-2000, suggested Monday that the franchise currently known as the Edmonton Eskimos should rebrand, calling for the team to modernize as a sign of respect to the indigenous people of Canada.

“The people who have to step up first are the ones that actually own these franchises and say ‘You know what, we recognize times have changed,'” Tory said, according to Shawn Jeffords of PostMedia Network. “‘We recognize it’s 2016 and that these kind of things can’t really be defended anymore based on the basis of tradition.'”

Tory’s comments come amidst a controversy in Major League Baseball. The Cleveland Indians brand – both the team name and its ongoing use of the Chief Wahoo logo – has come under fire during the American League Championship Series between Cleveland and the Toronto Blue Jays.

During Tory’s tenure as league commissioner, he said the Eskimos brand didn’t become an issue, but reiterated that a name change is past due and would reflect positively on the league.

“I would say it would be a very good step forward,” Tory said. “In a province where there are a number of issues that concern our First Nations and indigenous people and that this would be a sign of respect and consistent with values in 2016.”

Tory believes holding a contest and allowing fans to vote for a new name would benefit the franchise and its supporters, as well as the city of Edmonton.

“I think everyone wins out of that,” Tory said. “The indigenous people will see that as a sign of respect. The community will be engaged in picking a new name for the team. The team will have, not to be mercenary about it, but the team will have all manner of new opportunity to sell new material that’ll bring new life to it. It’s all good.”

The Montreal Canadiens are honoring a legend with the naming of their AHL affiliate.The fans acted as nickname-choosers in this case, and after an extensive voting process, the minor-league affiliate will be known as Club de hockey Rocket de Laval, or, in English, the Laval Rocket.

The team is set to begin playing at Place Bell in nearby Laval, Quebec in 2017-18.

“From the opening day of the contest it was clear that the ROCKET entry would be a heavy favorite among some 850 different names submitted,” said Place Bell president Vincent Lucier. “At the completion of phase I it was the most popular choice. In fact, throughout phases II and III, it earned more votes than all other names combined.

“The message was loud and clear from fans looking for a meaningful identity for their team while paying tribute to Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard as one of the Canadiens’ most legendary figures.”

Richard, of course, was a member of eight Stanley Cup-winning rosters in Montreal, and won the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP in 1947.

A logo and color scheme will be unveiled in the coming months.


The Las Vegas Sand Knights is a no go, says team owner Bill Foley.

Foley commented Friday on the names leaked in recent weeks to Nicholas J. Cotsonika from

“It’s creating a lot of excitement in Las Vegas,” Foley said. “I mean, all I do is get harassed every day by people who have a name idea or, ‘Use this name,’ or, ‘What’s the name going to be?’

“It’s in the news all the time, so we’re front of mind.”

Las Vegas has trademarked Silver Knights, Golden Knights, and Desert Knights, while registering domains for Red Hawks and Desert Hawks, though Foley added he’s grabbed a few decoy names as a means of misdirection.

Earlier this offseason, Foley secured Nighthawks as a secondary option. The first choice remains unknown, and Foley intends to keep it a secret until the team’s mid-October unveiling.

Still, Foley added the Sand Knights nickname, revealed earlier this week, “never was” a possibility, though his preference remains for a two-word name.

As it stands, the NHL has just three two-word named teams: the Blue Jackets,Red Wings, and Maple Leafs.

Foley also discussed some of the names submitted by fans.

“Aces is pretty good,” Foley said. “We could produce some pretty interesting logos. I was kind of focused on a little different direction than Aces.

“A lot of people like Scorpions, but the scorpion is a defensive animal. We’re not going to be defensive. So I didn’t want that.”

While the NHL has denied gambling-related names, Aces could depict the fighter jets at Nevada’s Nellis Air Force Base.

From the beginning, Foley – a graduate of West Point, the U.S. Military Academy – has preferred a name that reflects his military background.

“My goal is to really have a culture that has a military origin to it, of loyalty, strength, perseverance,” he said. “We never stop trying. We never give up. We never give in. That kind of culture.”

Team representatives will continue to meet with NHL officials and NHL jersey manufacturer, Adidas, in finalizing the design, color scheme, and logo.

The hope remains the team will have merchandise available by the start of the regular season.