The Golden Knights’ new minor league team has a home.
The Golden Knights announced Wednesday that the new American Hockey League team set to come to town next season will play its home games at Orleans Arena, the former home of Vegas’ former minor league team.
“We are excited and honored to partner with the Vegas Golden Knights in bringing AHL hockey to the Orleans Arena next season,” said Keith Smith, Boyd Gaming president and CEO, in a statement. “The arrival of AHL hockey is great news for our entire community, and we look forward to helping the Golden Knights organization further expand professional hockey in Southern Nevada.”
The Golden Knights announced the purchase and relocation of an AHL team last week with details still to be announced. The team will play at Orleans Arena and practice at the new Lifeguard Arena in Henderson, currently under construction downtown. The name, logo, color scheme, etc., will be announced at a later date.
The purchase and relocation still need approval from the AHL Board of Governors, but that is expected to be a formality.
Orleans Arena is a familiar home for minor league hockey in Las Vegas, as the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL played there from 2003 to 2014. The arena has also hosted other hockey events in the recent past, including a college hockey game between Minnesota and North Dakota in October 2018.
More details about the new AHL team can be found here.