Late last night, the Vegas Golden Knights officially introduced their new American Hockey League affiliate, the Henderson Silver Knights who will play in Las Vegas while their permanent arena is constructed in nearby Henderson, Nevada. The Silver Knights are the relocated San Antonio Rampage and are set to begin play, with their new identity, this fall (hopefully).
The name is in reference to their parent club, the Vegas Golden Knights, but the logo places its focus on the horse ridden by the knight rather than the knight itself.
“In medieval civilization, the armoured warhorse was synonymous with strength, endurance and fearlessness during battle. The armoured warhorse helped establish knights as the undisputed epitome of the warrior class”, the team said in the official release. “The horse played a vital role in a knight’s quest to become elite, assisting in the knight’s training, skill advancement and overall development. As the primary affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights, the Henderson Silver Knights hold an identical position: Assisting in every aspect of the knight’s quest to become an elite warrior.”
The logo features many of the same elements as the Golden Knights, the shield, the floral design within the shield (as seen on the Vegas jersey crests), and the letter “H” instead of the letter “V” within the armour.
Within the armour we see 20 links of chainmail and 21 rivets, a reference to the team’s ’20-’21 inaugural season. The eyes of the horse are gold, another nod to the Golden Knights. The wordmark logo, which is essentially identical to the Vegas wordmark logo, contains gold and silver spurs on either end which were, “gifted to the knight when he gained knighthood” as well as being “used to drive the warhorse forward into battle”
“Today is a momentous day for our organization, the City of Henderson and the entire Southern Nevada community”, said Golden and Silver Knights owner Bill Foley in the press release. “After years of planning and preparation, we finally get to welcome the Henderson Silver Knights home … 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.”
The Silver Knights included a neat video showing the evolution of the design of this logo, which included possibly using red eyes instead of gold:
You can check out that video in our coverage of the Silver Knights new look over on our YouTube channel here.