Say hello to the new sibling of the Vegas Golden Knights: The Henderson Silver Knights.
Yes, you heard that right. The identity of the Vegas Golden Knights’ new AHL affiliate was revealed on Thursday night and we are impressed.
The Henderson Silver Knights fits right in with the Golden Knights brand, and the name also represents the close bond the two Franchises will share.
Then there is the look.
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Slick and bold, the logo features a striking warhorse formed in a ‘H’ to represent Henderson while, in a nice touch, the base features 20 chainlinks and 21 rivets to represent the Franchise’s inaugural year in the American Hockey League in 2020-21.
The primary colors of the Henderson Silver Knights are silver, black and gold, with the gold eyes of the warhorse paying homage to the Golden Knights.
The shield shape of the Henderson Silver Knights also mirrors the Golden Knights logo.
With the horse playing a vital role in a knight’s quest to become elite, the Silver Knights are seen to carry the same role in regards to assisting in every aspect of the Golden Knights’ quest to become an elite hockey Franchise.
Hence the logo design.
It is a stunning logo and we can’t wait to see the uniforms in a couple of months.
The Henderson Silver Knights were revealed by Vegas Golden Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley during a special one-hour live show streamed on KSNV NBC Las Vegas and across the Golden Knights social media platforms.
Foley and the Golden Knights purchased the rights of the San Antonio Rampage on Feb. 7 in order to apply for relocation, a sale that was formally approved by the AHL on Feb. 28.
The Henderson Silver Knights will now replace the Chicago Wolves as the AHL affiliate of the Golden Knights, with the Wolves making the Calder Cup Finals in 2019.
"“Today is a momentous day for our organization, the City of Henderson and the entire Southern Nevada community. After years of planning and preparation, we finally get to welcome the Henderson Silver Knights home. When we started our initial ticket drive to bring hockey to Vegas and create the team we now know as the Golden Knights, it was obvious this community had all the makings of a great hockey city. That being said, the passion and enthusiasm our fans have shown us over the past three years is greater than anything we could have imagined. Now our fans can watch more hockey right in their backyard and keep a close eye on our players’ journeys as they advance through our ranks with the intention of achieving the ultimate goal: Becoming a Vegas Golden Knight.” Vegas Golden Knights & Henderson Silver Knights Owner Bill Foley via nhl.com/goldenknights."
Having an AHL Franchise in Henderson brings many benefits, including the fact that players being called up to the NHL and sent down to the minors won’t have to travel the three+ hours it took to get to Chicago by plane.
As a result, transactions will become a whole lot easier while the front office and the coaching staff of the Golden Knights can jump in a car and get down to Henderson to watch practices, thus getting a closer look at prospects.
Furthermore, if a Golden Knights player gets sick the night of the game then it will now be much easier to call someone up from the minors.
And this move should really benefit the plethora of prospects in the farm system the most.
They will have a lot more access to the Golden Knights and the NHL stage, including the opportunity to watch NHL practices and games which will be invaluable to their development and progress.
It is going to be a hugely beneficial partnership for all involved, and it also continues to grow the game of hockey in Vegas and Nevada.
Thanks to the Golden Knights, Vegas has become a real hockey hotbed and there is no doubt that fans will flock to also pledge their support to the Henderson Silver Knights.
For young fans who will be able to go and watch future NHL’ers in action at an affordable price, the Silver Knights should really help to accelerate the game of hockey in Nevada.
So, what’s next?
Lifeguard Arena, the Practice Facility of the Silver Knights, will open on Sept. 15, along with a Henderson Silver Knights Team Store that will also sell Golden Knights gear.
The Silver Knights will begin play in the American Hockey League in 2020-21, where they will play their home games at the Orleans Arena, located at the Orleans Hotel and Casino.
The City of Henderson recently approved construction of a purpose-built arena for the Henderson Silver Knights, with completion of works expected prior to the start of the 2022-23 AHL season.
Overall, this is another huge step forward by the Vegas Golden Knights who are quickly establishing themselves as a powerhouse in the NHL and in the wider hockey world.
The Henderson Silver Knights are already off to a great start with 7,600 Season Ticket deposits and with tickets starting at $10 for the 2020-21 season, they will offer affordable hockey to a wave of potential new fans.
And that’s outstanding news.
Want to jump on the Henderson Silver Knights train already?
You can follow them across social media already as they get ready to document their journey ahead of entering the American Hockey League in 2020-21.
So, AHL and Nevada, get ready for the Henderson Silver Knights because they are coming and they are hungry for success.