The Vegas Golden Knights unveiled new gold uniforms today with a music video featuring Wayne Newton and Lil Jon.
It was only a matter of time really.
There is also a better look at the jerseys in a video link posted towards the end of the article.
My first reaction is “well of course they did.” The team is the Golden Knights after all, and having gold jerseys makes sense. I’m primarily glad the gold on these jerseys is actually gold, and not yellow. That alone puts them ahead of the game when it comes to marketing and sales for the new threads.
As we take a deeper dive, note that I’m going to look at things from two angles. The first is as a fan who would buy the authentic jersey and wear it. The second is as a broadcaster who has seen a million jerseys both good and bad, and provide you with a little insight into what your favorite commentators experience when they call games.
Not much has changed here really. The piping and striping is the same as the current duo of jerseys so no real leaps there. The primary logo remains, as does the font and numbering. The subtle details that made this jersey such a delight when we first saw it remain on the sleeves and logo. Rounding out the look, the white gloves with gold accents return with black pants and gold socks. The dark helmets go well with this look.
Ok, I feel like this was a missed opportunity to showcase the secondary logo. While it’s possible Vegas has some fan research showing them reason to put the primary crest on the jersey, I would have went for the current shoulder patch as the primary. It’s a nice look that incorporates both the crossed swords for a knight but also evokes the famous Welcome Sign that have become so iconic to the city. It doesn’t look bad as is, but I would have loved to see them showcase it here. It would have popped nicely against the gold.
Numbering and Lettering
Thank you Vegas and Adidas for sticking with a high-contrast dark on light look They were not tempted to go white-on-gold, although I would have loved to see a mockup with red numbers outlined in the dark grey. I would not put the names in red, those would stay as is. The darker the color against a light contrast, the easier it is to see for someone perched up way high in booth. What also stinks is alternate, hard to read fonts for letters and numbers (I’m looking at you Colorado and Tampa). It also helps for fan identification when a four does not look like a nine and so forth. Here’s one other small thing I really like is keeping the shoulder numbers as light-over-dark. It gives an instant indicator of where to look for the numbers and makes it much easier to read. Also, the subtle white outline between number and jersey provides another contrast to make things easier to sort out.
I’ve always loved the details on the Vegas Golden Knights jerseys. When I was with Nashville I remember the details that came with the new look – piano keys inside the collar, other small touches to make them unique. When Vegas unveiled its original jerseys, they took it up a notch. Stitched stripe and logo details. Perforated numbers for texture to match the dimpled shoulders. As Vegas goes gold, the collar carries the Always Advance, Never Retreat motto. For those who don’t know, owner Bill Foley has always said knights always advance, never retreat. Even the gold fabric of the jersey has a woven texture to it. All of these details are not something you see on TV. You see them when you hold it. When you put it on. Players and fans alike will love the design up close.
What will sell this jersey on the players and fans is the overall care put into its design. If you were looking for something new and dramatic, this isn’t it. The color was the next logical step in the jersey chain. No major risks were taken. That said, getting it right is really important and kudos to Vegas on the execution of a third jersey color that checks all the boxes for current fans. These will sell really well, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them trotted out fairly often.
Teams that wear yellow jerseys have a problem: in black and white newspaper photographs, you can’t tell yellow from white jerseys. They both show up white. While this is less and less of a concern every day, I wonder if the slightly darker gold color of these jerseys would at least show grey in your typical newspaper photo.
Here’s the VGK tweet with the full jersey reveal video. Let us know what you think about them in the comments!
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) October 2, 2020
Karlsson’s Late Goal Lifts Golden Knights
William Karlsson played the role of hero for the Vegas Golden Knights, notching the game-winning goal with just 43 seconds remaining in a scoreless game to give the VGK the 1-0 victory Sunday afternoon.
With cheers coming from what sounded more like a partisan Vegas crowd, Jonathan Marchessault dug out a puck from behind the Coyotes net and centered to Karlsson. Karlsson made no mistake, burying the puck on the stick side of Darcy Kuemper (26 saves) for the game-winning goal.
Marc-Andre Fleury posted his 62nd career shutout on 16 saves. The victory was his third straight to open the 2021 season.
For the Vegas Golden Knights, the win is redemption after giving up five goals to the Coyotes on Friday night for the team’s first loss of the season. This time Vegas never really let Arizona into the contest, giving up only four shots in the first period.
The game felt sluggish at times, perhaps due to the afternoon start but also the fact that these same two teams were facing each other for the fourth straight time. Fortunately for Vegas, they were able to break through late and steal the victory.
“The name of the game was patience,” Karlsson said with a relieved laugh after the game. “We had a lot of chances and sooner or later they will go in. I thought we had a great game. Eventually (it) has to go in and it did.”
When the Golden Knights had the energy up and forechecked aggressively in the game they generated chances. Nowhere was that on display more than the game-winning goal. Alex Tuch dumps the puck into the corner from neutral ice as Marchessault attacks with speed into the Coyotes zone, beating out an icing call. Marchessault puts the puck into an area just off the net in the slot where Karlsson was able to follow up and immediately shoot the puck, not allowing Kuemper to set up for the shot.
WILD BILL SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST 🤠🚨 pic.twitter.com/UBlTugE2y5
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) January 24, 2021
Vegas was definitely the better of the two sides throughout regulation, out-shooting and out-chancing the Coyotes especially in the later stages of the game. Darcy Kuemper deserves the credit for yet another great start for Arizona, making save after save to give the Coyotes a shot at the win.
The Vegas Golden Knights return home for the team’s toughest test so far, a pair of games against the St. Louis Blues starting Tuesday evening.
- I feel like I’m beating the same drum over and over, but when the Vegas Golden Knights are generating scoring chances, it’s because of the forecheck. This team is built on speed and being aggressive, chasing down pucks and setting up scoring chances from that. Today’s game-winning goal was a perfect example of that.
- Marc-Andre Fleury wasn’t busy the entire time, but made every single save he needed to including a breakaway stop on Phil Kessel that could have spelled disaster for the VGK. I’ve never seen a goalie who stays so completely game-ready regardless of work schedule. Fleury won’t receive the credit he deserves for the work he did in this one, but without him being perfect, perhaps Vegas doesn’t win.
- The Vegas Golden Knights have never gone past regulation with a 0-0 score, and came within 43 seconds of that happening against Arizona.
- Once again Cody Glass sat and Nic Hague was back in the lineup, giving Vegas the traditional six defensemen and 12 forwards. Hague looked good and to underscore another point I’ve been making, this team is much better with six defensemen in the lineup.
- Vegas also dominated in the faceoff circle, winning 61% of the draws.
Coyotes End Golden Knights Win Streak At Four
The Arizona Coyotes stopped the Vegas Golden Knights winning streak at four games with a 5-2 victory at Gila River Arena on Friday night.
Connor Garland led the Coyotes offense with a goal and two assists, while Nick Schmaltz scored for the third straight game.
It’s a very difficult proposition to beat a team four times in a row – look at any playoff series. Arizona winning a game, especially at home, was probably due. The Coyotes seemed to have more spring in their step than they did Wednesday night when the Golden Knights handed the Coyotes a 5-2 loss. Several times the Vegas defense allowed odd-man rushes to the Coyotes, and running five defensemen once again likely contributed to some of the errors on the back end.
“It’s definitely different,” said Shea Theodore after the game. “You are rotating through partners (and) you can’t exactly get into the rhythm with one guy… at the same time I don’t think that’s an excuse.”
“We should be able to adapt. We just can’t give up that many odd-man rushes on any given night.”
Vegas Golden Knights head coach Pete DeBoer said he felt it was more the special teams that affected the outcome of the game.
“Penalties really kinda took our momentum out of the game. Both taking them, and obviously their power play goal early, and then a bunch of the other kills we had to have… when they did take (penalties) I didn’t think our power play created any momentum for us. For me that was… the story.”
“Some self-inflicted things tonight,” DeBoer said.
Whatever the reason, Vegas allowed the Coyotes to grow confident by ceding the opportunities and it showed. Arizona seemed to feel better about its game more and more as the game wore on.
Darcy Kuemper made 29 saves to earn the win as Vegas never quite seemed to find the scoring touch it displayed Wednesday night. Robin Lehner struggled, giving up four goals on 25 shots against and will likely want a couple of those goals back. Lehner seemed off the entire night, whether handling the puck, setting himself for shots, or tracking movement. Those games will happen, but they’re highlighted even more when the goaltender in the other net makes the needed saves. Kuemper was definitely the better of the two goalies on the night.
Fortunatley for the Golden Knights, they’ll be able to jump right back into the action against the Coyotes on Sunday afternoon at 4 pm MT, 3 pm PT.
- The game marked the first time this season the Vegas Golden Knights have given up more than two goals.
- Cody Glass returned to the lineup after sitting out a pair of games and recorded a power play goal in the third period.
- Shea Theodore scored for the second straight game, an unassisted marker at 1:19 of the third period.
- Vegas went back to a lineup that featured five defensemen and 13 forwards with Glass back in the lineup. Notably both Theodore and Alex Pietrangelo went minus-2 in the contest.
- Mark Stone keeps his scoring streak intact, assisting on Cody Glass’ power play goal in the third period to give him eight points (2-6-8) in his first five games.
Pietrangelo Scores, Fleury Stops 20; Vegas Tames Coyotes 5-2
Shea Theodore scored twice. Alex Pietrangelo notched his first goal with the Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights (4-0-0) established a new franchise record for consecutive wins to start the season in a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes (1-2-1) Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena. Mark Stone and Alex Tuch added the other goals for the Golden Knights. Tuch also tacked on two assists for a three-point game.
Marc-Andre Fleury and his golden pads, which match the metallic gold jerseys, made 20 saves for the win.
Production Is Increasing
The Vegas Golden Knights are starting to get some big-time production. Alex Tuch’s three-point night was a welcome sight. Max Pacioretty extended his point streak to four games with an assist. Stone’s goal also extended his point streak to four games. Keegan Kolesar notched his first NHL point with an assist. And perhaps most important is that the VGK notched a power-play goal. Things are starting to come together.
Offense From the Defense
For the first time, this season the Vegas Golden Knights received goals from its defenders. Shea Theodore scored twice, and Alex Pietrangelo scored his first in a Vegas sweater. Alec Martinez and Nic Hague also added helpers. Head coach Pete DeBoer likes his defensemen active and involved in the play, and they certainly were Wednesday night. Here’s to hoping that trend continues in Arizona.
Taking Advantage of the Schedule
As we pointed out before the season, the schedule couldn’t be more conducive to an early run for the Vegas Golden Knights. Already at 4-0 to start the season, they could hit 6-0 and potentially 12-2 or better depending on how things shake out. The difference this year? Going 6-0 to start would be like going 10-0 in a regular 82-game schedule. Getting that far out in front makes it hard for other teams to catch the Golden Knights. I’m not saying it can’t happen, but until Vegas plays the Colorado Avalanche on Valentine’s Day, only two of the team’s first 14 games come against a playoff club from last year (St. Louis Blues).
The Rotation Continues
Marc-Andre Fleury made the start last night for the Vegas Golden Knights, wearing his new gold pads to coincide with the second appearance of the team’s gold uniforms. Fleury stopped 20 shots to earn the win and is now 2-0 on the season.
Take to the Sky
The Vegas Golden Knights will now take to the road for the last two games against the Coyotes in this series. The two teams play Friday at 6 pm PT and Sunday at 1 pm PT to round out the week.