Can you imagine a medieval knight trying to fight on ice? The slipping, stumbling and clattering would be both the saddest and most hilarious things you would ever see. And that knight on horseback would be even worse. Whoooa boy! (Crashing sound).
The good names and logos stand out. Red Wings. Flyers. Canucks. Penguins (because it makes sense!). But the newest NHL logo and nickname, unveiled last month, has the internet mostly mocking them (see below).
But one source isn’t laughing. The sports teams of the U.S. Army, as you know, are called the Black Knights. Their parachute division, however, are known as the Golden Knights. And they’re not sure they like an NHL team in Sin City rocking their name. Reno Gazette-Journal:
“We’re reviewing the situation and figuring out what the way ahead would be,” Army spokeswoman Alison Bettencourt told the Observer this week. “We understand that one of the Las Vegas team owners has Army connections, and will likely understand our interest in this announcement is meant to protect the proud history of the Army’s Golden Knights and their vital role in telling the Army story and connecting America with their Army.”
Let me translate. This is the problem that many had with placing a pro sports franchise in Vegas. An institution such as the U.S. Army isn’t quite comfortable with one of its nicknames being associated with 24-hour pawn shops and high-price hookers. This is the same concern that NFL owners are going to have when the time comes to vote on the Raiders’ relocation.
Golden Knights owner Bill Foley, a West Point graduate, says he won’t change the name, though. Hell, he’s already announced it and rolled out a ton of merchandise. Although as he puts it:
“I have great respect for the Golden Knights parachute team,” Foley said. “In fact, I tried to incorporate them into the ceremony last week, but we couldn’t make it work.”
Foley said the team did get permission from Clarkson University and the University of Central Florida to use the name Golden Knights, a nickname that both schools also use.
Yep, two universities are named Golden Knights. Plus, the logo is also a ripoff.
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And here’s the hockey team’s secondary logo:
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Foley said that in addition to Golden Knights, he also copyrighted Las Vegas Silver Knights and Sand Knights. His first choice was to call his team the Black Knights, but the Army said no. He should have taken the hint.
So this goes down as possibly the most unoriginal name and logo in pro sports history. See how it compares with our list of the 10 worst U.S. major pro sports logos, below: