Hockey is in Sin City for the first time. After months of speculation about the potential name, Las Vegas officially has an NHL team.

The name was revealed in a press conference that was televised on the NHL TV network on November 22nd, 2016. Bill Foley, who is the majority owner made the announcement at Toshiba Plaza, which is right outside T-Mobile Arena where the Vegas Golden Knights will be playing their home games. The team's official colors are steel grey, gold black, and red.

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The team acts as the first expansion team in the National Hockey League since 2000 when the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blur Jackets joined the league for the first time. The team is owned by Black Knights Sports and Entertainment, founded by The Maloof Family alongside Bill Foley and his family as well.

A long road led to this.

The road to getting a franchise in Las Vegas started back in early 2016 when it was reported that Las Vegas was the front runner for the new NHL franchise alongside Quebec City, which previously had an NHL team named the Nordiques back in the 1970s to 1990s when the team relocated in 1995 and became the Colorado Avalanche.

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Fans in Quebec City have been very vocal about wanting another team in the city and NHL has acknowledged their concern about a team. On June 22nd, 2016 it was officially announced that Las Vegas was awarded the expansion team bringing the total count of the league from 30 teams to 31 teams spread throughout Canada and the United States. They announced that the team has already sold 14000 season tickets.

Time will tell if this franchise is here to stay as there have sometimes in the history of the NHL when a city has gotten a team but then has relocated to another city.

But judging from the amount of tickets that have been sold, I think it's a pretty safe bet that this team is here to stay. The team will play in the Pacific Division alongside the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks and Vancouver Canucks.

The future of league will need to have another team to expand to 32 teams.

Now that the league has 31 teams, the team count is uneven between the eastern conference and western conference, so there will need to be an expansion team sometime down the line to keep the team count even for scheduling purposes.

There are a lot of potential markets that could work, some of the most prominent that I think could easily work being Quebec City for its history as an NHL city and Seattle because of its close proximity to Vancouver.

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