Hockey in Las Vegas? You better believe it! Las Vegas will finally be a home to a major professional sports team. You can expect the ice hockey team to begin playing in the league for the 2017-18 season. And their name? That’s still to be determined. There’s been speculation of the “Night Hawks”, “Desert Hawks”, “Knights” and “Desert Knights” and much, much more. Owner Bill Foley hopes the team will incorporate the word Knight into the name since he is the Chairman of the Board for Black Knight Financial Service.
Some people feel other major cities in the U.S. got snubbed and would be have been more worthy for an NHL franchise than Las Vegas. One example is Seattle, WA. Seattle used to have a professional hockey team with a winning tradition: The Seattle Metropolitans. The team competed in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, where they won three championships while making an impact on a league/teams that eventually folded into current day NHL teams.
It’s surprising that hockey will be the first major professional sports team to be played in the city of Las Vegas. As a sport in the United States, hockey ranks behind football, baseball, and basketball. Is it possible that Las Vegas has too many distraction that will take away from a sports franchise in the city? Casinos, daily entertainment shows are the norm and could keep people from attending a sport that lacks in popularity compared to football, basketball and baseball.