NHL’s Newest Team in Las Vegas Taking Shape

Vegas Golden Knights pic

Vegas Golden Knights
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As the Chief Executive Officer of SAI, Patrick Stoup has helped earn the professional services firm awards such as Small Business of the Year and Small Business Quality Supplier of the Year. Outside of his professional pursuits, Patrick Stoup is a former hockey player who actively follows the National Hockey League (NHL).

The NHL board of governors approved the expansion bid from a new Las Vegas franchise on June 22, 2016, and the new team, the Vegas Golden Knights, will begin play at the start of the 2017-18 regular season. The team’s owner, Bill Foley, was required to pay a $500 million expansion fee, which was far more expensive than the $80 million required for Columbus and Minnesota back in 2000.

In the past year, Vegas has been busy hiring its management team and acquiring players to fill out its roster. In July 2016, the team named George McPhee its first-ever general manager, and in April, McPhee announced that former Jack Adams Award finalist Gerard Gallant will be the team’s first head coach. A former Memorial Cup winner with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Saint John Sea Dogs, Gallant compiled a 96-65-25 record through two and a half seasons with the NHL’s Florida Panthers.

In March, the Golden Knights signed its first player, 21-year-old Reid Duke, and later added veteran Russian forward Vadim Shipachyov. Vegas will fill out its roster during the June 21 expansion draft, where it will pick a player from each of the other 30 teams’ unprotected lists.