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Findlay Automotive Group Named Official Partner of City National Arena

Findlay Automotive Group Named Official Partner of City National Arena

Mike Dixon | Las Vegas, NV


On Friday the Vegas Golden Knights announced that the team reached an agreement with Findlay Automotive Group and named Findlay official partners of City National Arena.

Findlay Automotive Group was founded in 1961 by the late Pete Findlay, whose son, Cliff, now oversees management of 31 automobile dealerships in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Oregon and Idaho.


Findlay Automotive Group
Name to be branded on two sheets of ice.


Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz announced today, July 28, that the team has signed a multi-year partnership making Findlay Automotive Group an official partner of City National Arena.

“We are extremely excited to announce this partnership with Findlay Automotive Group,” said Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz. “City National Arena was built with the intent to be a community building, and Findlay Automotive Group shares in the Golden Knights vision of growing grassroots hockey in the Las Vegas community.”

“Findlay Automotive Group is pleased to partner with the Vegas Golden Knights,” said Findlay Automotive Group CFO Tyler Corder. “As a family owned business headquartered in Las Vegas, we’re committed to our community. The addition of a new NHL team is an exciting venture and one we’re proud to be a part of.”

Under the agreement, Findlay Automotive Group will have their branding on each of the two sheets of ice at the facility. Additionally, a car from Findlay Automotive Group will be displayed in front of City National Arena, which is located approximately 15 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip in downtown Summerlin. The facility will be home to the Golden Knights and also serve as a community arena for local youth and adult leagues.

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By Mike Dixon | Las Vegas, NV

Press Release: 

Killingsworth joins the Golden Knights after spending the last two seasons as the Chief Marketing Officer of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

VEGAS (July 26, 2017) – Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz announced today, July 26, that the team has hired Brian Killingsworth as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer. As the CMO, Killingsworth will oversee the team’s marketing and branding efforts and will promote the Golden Knights brand within the community and internationally. In addition, he will work to integrate and cross promote the domestic wineries owned and operated by Bill Foley as well as his Rock Creek resort properties in Montana and Idaho.

“We are thrilled to welcome Brian to the Vegas Golden Knights family,” said Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz. “Brian possesses an impressive marketing background highlighted by successful tenures in both the National Football League and Major League Baseball. His creativity, strategic thinking and overall vision will help drive our business forward and take our marketing efforts to new heights.”

Killingsworth joins the Golden Knights after spending the last two seasons as the Chief Marketing Officer of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He led a staff of 40 employees and oversaw all aspects of the Buccaneers brand, including marketing, advertising, content, digital, broadcasting, analytics, research, youth programs, community relations and events and entertainment.

Prior to joining the Buccaneers, Killingsworth served as the Vice President of Marketing and Brand Strategy for the St. Louis Rams for three seasons. With the Rams, he oversaw the team’s marketing efforts, including marketing operations, branding, creative services, advertising, content, merchandise, concessions, research, youth programs, concerts, events and also explored new revenue opportunities.

Killingsworth spent 10 years with Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays as the Senior Director of Marketing and Promotions prior to his time in the NFL. With the Rays, he oversaw all marketing, advertising, promotions and digital and social media for the team.

The Tampa, Florida native graduated from Flagler College with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications in 2000 and earned his MBA, Marketing & Management degree from the University of South Florida in 2002.

Killingsworth and his wife, Emily, have two sons, Cruz and Finn.

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2017-18 Preview: Las Vegas Golden Knights


By Mike Dixon | LAS VEGAS, NV

Fresh off an expansion draft, some of the selections in the expansion draft made it clear what George McPhee was trying to do (well it’s actually not all that hard, he actually said it) “the goal is to make the playoffs within 3 years”. In lieu of grabbing older flashier names, he chose to build with a young core and collect many draft picks building up a sustainable system. It’s responsible but it’s also time consuming and this team will show severe struggles over it’s first few years where it presents James Neal, Jonathan Marchessault and Marc Andre-Fleury. Expect this team to be near the bottom in goals scored, their defense however, could actually avoid a basement ranking if Marc Andre-Fleury and a decent defense squad can hold their own.

Major Additions: James Neal; Jonathan Marchessault; Marc Andre-Fleury
Major Subtractions: NA

Prospects and Picks:

-Cody Glass (6th overall pick; 1st round). He scored 94 points in 59 games last year with the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL as the ripe age of 16. They will probably give him time to develop but it’s clear he’s on the fast track as he continues to understand and adapt to each level. He fits in perfectly with the “3 year” plan that George McPhee seems to be building. IF you are in a dynasty league, this is a potential strong point producer and first line candidate for them in two years.
-Nick Suzuki (13th overall pick; 1st round). He is likely a year or two out from playing; however, given Nick’s on ice IQ, grit and strong play with the puck coupled with Las Vegas’s young and uncertain team, there is an off chance he cracks the team. When he DOES join the team he will be a fun player to watch with 50+point potential.
-Erik Brannstrom. The 17 year old defenseman is a good mobile defensemen who can move the puck up ice. He needs the years to develop his size a bit but he has played on the international spectrum and he’s shown all the right things to be a top 4 defenseman for Vegas within 2-3 years.

Sleeper Fantasy Asset:
-William Karlsson 25 points across 81 games last year on Columbus’s third line, he has a good chance to crack the top 6 in Vegas. He is a skilled player who could see 40+points if he sees solid minutes. He has the effort and on ice IQ to hit some streaks. Unless you are in a deep league -€” don’t draft him but do keep a watchful eye on he does through the first month.
-Trevor van Riemsdyk his first two years were marked more by solid positional play then point production. He did well at University of New Hampshire averaging close to a point per game over his last two years before a 14 and 16 point seasons with his first two years at Chicago. The kicker here is there is a good argument for him being on the top D-Pairing with Marc Methot and certainly on the top PP unit. That could help him see a 30point season next year.
-Jonathan Marchessault. Despite logging fewer minutes than 6 of the Panthers forwards, he outscored all but 2 of them. He’s not the best two way player but if you are willing to punt plus minus this year he could be a 30+ goal scorer which is not easy to come by. There is always a chance for struggle as the talent around him is lacking but I think he’s one of the two best goal scorers on this team.

Cap Situation:
They currently have around $8.6MM in cap space with 22 players signed.

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