Vegas NHL franchise gets a name, but loses a 'Las'

The Vegas Golden Knights are the NHL's newest franchise, but there was much confusion over the loss of 'Las' before 'Vegas' after the announcement on Tuesday.

Confusion over name simplification runs rampant after Tuesday's announcement

The Vegas Golden Knights logo. (Twitter)

The NHL's newest franchise officially has an identity, but the city also lost a piece of itself in the process.

Rather than be called the Las Vegas Golden Knights, ownership opted to drop the "Las" and stick with Vegas Golden Knights instead.

Right after the announcement on Tuesday night, fans and NHL reporters seemed confused about the 3-letter alteration.

Franchise majority owner Bill Foley has his own explanation for the shortened name.

While FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver was quick to point out that the team name is likely to get even shorter in the coming years.

Shortly after the announcement, other NHL franchises took the opportunity to welcome the Golden Knights to the league.

While fans took the opportunity to, well, be NHL fans...

While Vegas Golden Knights merchandise is now officially available, new fans will have to wait until June 2017 to buy jerseys with names of Vegas players on them.

The NHL expansion draft is set to take place on June 21.


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