Foley: Las Vegas NHL team can’t use ‘Knights’ nickname in Canada

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Things are happening.

The Las Vegas NHL franchise has named its general manager. It has named its assistant general manager. It has named its director of player development. The franchise has even installed ice for the first time in its arena.

But still, no team name. Not yet, anyway.

Trademark issues have been the cause of the delay in a team name, as the team’s owner Bill Foley and the league look to get beyond this hurdle.

The latest surrounds ‘The Knights,’ which has become an unlikely option, Foley told the Las Vegas Review Journal, because of the London Knights name in the Ontario Hockey League.

“The London Knights own the name in Canada and to acquire the name from London is not economically feasible,” said Foley, adding there should be “clarity” on the name issue in the next 30 days. “In the U.S., ‘Knights’ are fine. But we can’t use it in Canada.”

The ‘Black Knights’ had been a name Foley reportedly had interest in when the league awarded Las Vegas its franchise.

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