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NHL's Vegas Golden Knights Denied Trademark For Nickname

LAS VEGAS (CBSNewYork/AP) — The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied the Vegas Golden Knights' trademark application a little more than two weeks after the new NHL franchise unveiled its name and logo.

The office cites potential confusion with the team name for the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York, which is also the Golden Knights.

College of Saint Rose
Athletics logo for the College of Saint Rose

In a statement, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league is planning a response that will outline why it believes the name should be registered "in co-existence" with the college's. He says "a number of other nicknames currently co-exist in professional and college sports."

Daly said it's not the league's "intention to reconsider the name or logo" of the franchise.

The Las Vegas franchise is set to take the ice next season.

Saint Rose, which has an enrollment of more than 4,800 students, competes in NCAA Division II and is a member of the Northeast-10 Conference. The school's selection of sports includes men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's soccer and track and field. It does not have a hockey team.

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