On June 23, 2016, NHL announced that the city of Las Vegas would get an expansion team and become the 31st member organization in the hockey league; the latest expansion for NHL was the summer of 2000 when the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild joined.
On July 13, it was announced that the ice hockey organization had hired George McPhee as their general manager. He had previously been General Manager of Washington Capitals between 1997 and 2014.
On November 22, the team announced that they will be called Vegas Golden Knights and use dark gray, gold, red and black as their team colors. On March 6, 2017, it became official to have signed their first player contract. It was the forward Reid Duke of Brandon Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League (WHL).
On April 13, Golden Knights announced that he had hired Gerard Gallant as the team’s first coach. He has previously trained the NHL organizations Columbus Blue Jackets and Florida Panthers. On May 17, the team announced that they had partnered with the Chicago Wolves in the American Hockey League (AHL), where players who do not play in the NHL team will play for Wolves in AHL.
Since Golden Knights is a new ice hockey organization in NHL and therefore will not have enough players to send to Wolves in the first years, St. Louis Blues, who has been a partner with Wolves between 2013 and 2017, agreed to continue sending players to them to complete Wolves’ team show. On June 1, Golden Knights announced that they had chosen Quad City Mallards in ECHL as their secondary partner after the ice hockey team had signed a long-term cooperation agreement earlier in the day.
The team has done well this season. The forward William Karlsson has been one of the top goalscorers and as the first expansion team in a long time, they will reach the playoffs. Click here for more new games for UK players.