The Vegas Golden Knights are a National Hockey League franchise owned and operated by Black Knight Sports and Entertainment LLC. Established by founding partners William Foley, his family and the Maloof family, the Vegas Golden Knights came into existence on June 22, 2016 when the ownership group was awarded an NHL franchise in Las Vegas, Nevada.
General Manager George McPhee began constructing the Golden Knights upon his hiring on July 13, 2016, selecting Gerard Gallant as the team’s first head coach on April 13, 2017.
The Golden Knights became the first modern-era expansion team from any of the four North American professional sports leagues to start from scratch and finish first in its division. With a fifth-place finish overall, Vegas also became the first expansion team from any of the four North American professional sports leagues to start from scratch and finish among the top-five in the league.
After three playoff series wins and a Western Conference championship, Vegas became the first NHL expansion team to reach the Stanley Cup Final since the St. Louis Blues in 1968. With a victory in game one, the Knights also became the first expansion team to win a game in the Final.
The Golden Knights inaugural season is considered to be the most successful first year for an expansion team in North American sports history.
Inaugural Season: 2018-19
Claim to Fame: The Golden Knights took Las Vegas and the hockey world by storm, advancing to the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural season.