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Las Vegas chooses nickname: report

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Owner Bill Foley says three names registered, announcement could come next month

Las Vegas owner Bill Foley and president Kerry Bubolz are hopeful the NHL expansion franchise that will begin play in the 2017-18 season will announce its nickname in early-to-mid November.

“We have registered the three names related to Knights,” Foley told Yahoo on Tuesday. “[They’re] Desert Knights, Silver Knights and Golden Knights, and we have clearance on those names and we picked one of them.

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“We settled on the name about 45 days ago, maybe even a bit more than that. So then it was just refining the logo and refining the color scheme that goes around that logo.”

Bubolz reiterated Foley’s desire to announce the nickname next month during an interview with SiriusXM NHL Network Radio on Tuesday.

“We’re far along in the process, and there’s a desire to get everything completed,” Bubolz said. “We’re looking forward to saying who we are and adding that to the marketing mix.”

Bubolz, who was named team president on Monday after spending the past 13 years with the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers, said he will arrive in Las Vegas on Wednesday for the groundbreaking of a 105,000-square-foot facility in Summerlin, Nev., that will house two ice rinks. The facility, which will have a practice rink for the new team, is expected to be completed by October 2017.

The expansion team will play its home games at T-Mobile Arena, located just west of the Las Vegas Strip. The arena opened in April and can hold 17,368 for hockey.

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