The United States Army has filed a challenge with the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to the Vegas Golden Knights’ name, saying that it is associated with their military branch.
The filing states that the NHL team “has chosen and used a similar black+gold/yellow+white color scheme on uniforms, marketing, advertisements and its hockey arena, mimicking the opposer’s colors and further adding to the likelihood of confusion of the public.”
Army claims that it has used the Golden Knights name since 1969 and the name is in connection with its parachute team, as well as with recruiting, stating that it owns “common law rights in color scheme black+gold/yellow+white.”
The Army points to an article in the Washington Post that was posted back in June in which the team’s general manager, George McPhee, mentions the connections.
“Bill Foley is a West Point guy, sort of using those colors,” McPhee said in the aeticle. “You know his history at West Point. You know about the classmates he had lost serving this country. So, those colors mean a lot to us.”
In the filing, there are also references to tweets made by TSN that quotes McPhee as saying, “We were going to be the Black Knights, but we already had the Blackhawks in the league, so the league was trying to get us to come up with another name, so another name used at West Point is the Golden Knights for the parachute team.”
The team, which has until February 19th to file it’s response to the appeal board, responded with the following:
“We strongly dispute the Army’s allegations that confusion is likely between the Army Golden Knights parachute team and the Vegas Golden Knights major-league hockey team,” the team said in a statement Thursday. “Indeed, the two entities have been coexisting without any issues for over a year (along with several other Golden Knights trademark owners) and we are not aware of a single complaint from anyone attending our games that they were expecting to see the parachute team and not a professional hockey game. That said, in light of the pending trademark opposition proceedings, we will have no further comment at this time and will address the Army’s opposition in the relevant legal forums.”
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office initially rejected the Vegas Golden Knights logo based on its similarity to that of the College of St. Rose, but NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly responded by saying that they believed the marks could coexist and that it “is not our intention to reconsider the name or logo of this franchise.”
Golden Knights Interested In Ilya Mikheyev
Vegas signed Russian winger Nikita Gusev earlier this month and are now pursuing a deal with Mikheyev, who has several NHL offers on table and is coming off his best season in the KHL.
Mikheyev, 24, collected 23 goals and 22 assists in 62 games with Avangard Omsk.
Golden Knights’ William Karlsson Out to Prove Last Season Wasn’t a Fluke
Although the magical run that the Vegas Golden Knights had to the Stanley Cup Final was halted by the Washington Capitals, the team is looking to show that last season was no fluke, much like Vegas forward William Karlsson is.
The 25-year old Karlsson finished the 2017-2018 campaign third in the league with 43 goals and 35 assists, and although he and the Golden Knights couldn’t nail down a long-term contract, he did agree to a one-year, $5.25 million deal so he can return to build on his impressive season.
It’s me betting on myself a little,” Karlsson said, according to NHL.com’s Mike Zeisberger. “It would be great with a long-term (deal) but we couldn’t agree on that. Both sides wanted it long term but it couldn’t work out.
“I believe I can have another productive year, show that last season was no fluke, and earn something long term.”
Karlsson blew up, unexpectedly after two lackluster season with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“I’m not sure what happened in Columbus but when your confidence is down it affects you,” Karlsson said. “All I wanted is a chance to show what I can do. Vegas let me do that. It let a lot of guys do that.”
Another season like last year’s will lead to a big, long-term deal for Karlsson, and make it hard for the Golden Knights not to give him that kind of commitment.
Golden Knights’ Marc-Andre Fleury: ‘Sorry we couldn’t bring it home’
“Thank you for all the support throughout the season,” Fleury said after the game, according to SportsNet. “From day one, they’ve been incredible. Sorry we couldn’t bring it home.”
“It was pretty quiet in here after the game,” he continued. “Nobody talked about it. I think we all need a little time to realize what we’ve done.”
Vegas has nothing to be ashamed of following a magical, and improbable, run to the Stanley Cup Final.
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