Henderson Silver Knights

Quinn Pedrick, Managing Editor

The Vegas Golden Knights creators have brought to life a new minor league hockey team, the Henderson Silver Knights, to spark the excitement of hockey raging in the grand enthusiasm of Las Vegas citizens for a smaller urban city in the valley.

“Knights are the Epitome of the Warrior Class. Knights are courageous, valiant, protect the unprotected and defend those who cannot defend themselves. The Henderson Silver Knights will embrace these noble qualities on and off the ice and positively represent the Henderson community,” Bill Foley, the team’s owner, stated in a letter posted on The Silver Knights website.

The enthusiastic response from local residents over the last six weeks has been remarkable, as we have received more than 7,600 season ticket deposits at the time of our unveil event.”

— Foley

Henderson Silver Knights have the symbol of a Knight’s loyal steed, an armored warhorse, that he rides into battle and depends upon greatly. The symbol in medieval times represented great strength, power, and courage that Henderson’s minor hockey league team will represent on the ice.

“The enthusiastic response from local residents over the last six weeks has been remarkable, as we have received more than 7,600 season ticket deposits at the time of our unveil event,” Foley said on the site.

Thousands of Henderson and Las Vegas residents are eager to wear silver, gold, and black. People have been lining up at the pop-up shop hosted by the Silver Knights at Green Valley Ranch Resort that is open at 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday to buy shirts, pucks, posters, and so much more.

Ben Gotz in the Las Vegas Review Journal explains that Las Vegas Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon hired Emanuel “Manny” Viveiros as the first coach of the Henderson Silver Knights. Viveiros was an offensive defenseman for the Minnesota North Stars for 29 games before heading to Europe to continue his career of playing and coaching hockey until 2016. In 2016, he made a reappearance in North America to coach, manage, and direct player personnel for the Swift Current Broncos until 2018, which got him named the league’s coach of the year.

According to the article written by Gotz, Viveiros said, “A lot of the way I played the game, the teams I had, we emulated what the Golden Knights have been doing. Just the style of game, that’s what I’ve always enjoyed playing, and the teams that I’ve had. I’ve been fortunate enough that we’ve had enough players to be able to carry out those types of systems and tactics.”

The Silver Knights will make their permanent home in the Henderson Arena in the Green Valley area once it is built. For now, they will practice in the Lifeguard Arena in Downtown Henderson, and their games will be held in Orleans Arena in the Orleans Casino.

“The city of Henderson plans to spend $42 million for an $84 million arena public-private project to rehab the Henderson Pavilion into a 6,000-seat Henderson Event Center to house a minor league hockey team owned by the NHL Vegas Golden Knights,” Alan Snel of LVSportsBiz.com said.

The passion and enthusiasm our fans have shown us over the past three years is greater than anything we could have imagined.”

— Foley

The project of building the arena provides hundreds of jobs for the people of Henderson and Las Vegas, which is desperately needed in these tough economic times. Hundreds of Southern Nevadans will now have the opportunity to have employment that has been unavailable during the pandemic.

“The passion and enthusiasm our fans have shown us over the past three years is greater than anything we could have imagined,” Foley said. “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.”

Go, Knights, Go!