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Las Vegas expansion team trademarks three nicknames

T-Mobile Arena NHL Open House

Christopher DeVargas

T-Mobile Arena holds an open house for future NHL season ticket holders, Monday, Aug. 1, 2016.

The NHL Las Vegas expansion team trademarked the nicknames Desert Knights, Golden Knights and Silver Knights last week, a team spokesperson confirmed to NHL.com.

Las Vegas was awarded an expansion team on June 22. It will begin play as the NHL's 31st team in the 2017-18 season.

On July 13, owner Bill Foley said he wanted to have a logo and nickname "ASAP," but copyright reasons have been an issue. He later said his goal is to have a logo, nickname and color scheme in place before two NHL preseason games are played at T-Mobile Arena on Oct. 7 and 8 (the Los Angeles Kings play the Dallas Stars and the Colorado Avalanche).

"My goal is to have a name that I can create a culture around and people, the players and the fans will understand the connection and the names of the team and it has to stand for a lot of things that I strongly believe in, perseverance, dedication, honor, never give up, never give in," he said. "All these things I'm trying to put together with a name."

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