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So, odds seem high that Las Vegas NHL team will have ‘hawks’ in name

Las Vegas NHL Team Owner Bill Foley Announces General Manager

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 13: George McPhee (L) and majority owner of the Las Vegas NHL franchise Bill Foley take questions from members of the media after Foley announced McPhee as the team’s general manager during a news conference at T-Mobile Arena on July 13, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Uh oh gang, we may no longer be able to refer to the Chicago Blackhawks as the ‘Hawks.

(Everyone does that, right?)

Sports and the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Steve Carp report that Bill Foley, owner of Las Vegas’ NHL expansion team, has the option of using three hawks-oriented names: Nighthawks, Desert Hawks and Red Hawks.

Carp also reports that two other names “are being processed” but haven’t been disclosed. He believes that Nighthawks might be the winner.

(Yes, in case you’re wondering, Nighthawk was the name of a not-particularly-beloved superhero. Marvel pumped out a series, according to a cursory Google search.)

Carp also notes that the NHL prohibits the use of gambling terms in the team name, so don’t expect Foley to have an, erm, ace up his sleeve.