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Behind The Vegas Ice Episode 4 Debuts April 12

It will take viewers to meet the Golden Knights' first player in Brandon, Manitoba

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

To say it's ridiculous wouldn't be fair.

Although to say that Episode 4 of Behind The Vegas Ice is "Reid Duke-ulous" might just fit perfectly.

This is especially true as the show's crew traveled to Brandon, Man., to film a large portion of April's episode on-location with Reid Duke, who signed with the Golden Knights as the first player in franchise history on March 6.

Behind The Vegas Ice Episode 4 (debuting April 12 on Cox 96/1096 in HD) goes behind the scenes with Duke as he prepared for the playoffs with his junior team in the Western Hockey League, the Brandon Wheat Kings.

"This episode, we get the chance to go up to Brandon (Manitoba) to get to know who the very first Golden Knight is," Behind The Vegas Ice writer/producer Jacquie Levy said. "He's a young kid who hasn't been to Vegas in many years, since he was very young. It's a really exciting time for him. I think more than anything, he's just super humble and taking it all in stride.

"I think fans are going to see how hard of a worker he is. We were in the gym with him, working out with his teammates. We were on the ice with him. We see him during practice. We're just kind of following him and what his day was like as he was getting ready for the playoffs."

Another area where this episode will venture is a trip around the small town of Brandon with Duke and one of his closest friends, Nolan Patrick.

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Patrick, an 18-year-old center, is widely considered the top ranked prospect heading into the NHL Entry Draft this June.

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"Nolan is widely considered one of the top draft prospects," Levy said. "And of course, the Golden Knights have the chance to get some of those top prospects in the Entry Draft. So Reid is saying that the only thing that would be the icing on the cake would be to get one of his buddies out there in Vegas with him.

"So he's really going to be watching the draft nervously, and anxiously, to see if his friend is going to end up with the Golden Knights. That was a fun thing to see and hear about in this episode."

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Provided that Behind The Vegas Ice took the month of March off, April's show will cram two months of action into 30 minutes.

 

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Here are a few other events that the episode will show behind-the-scenes footage of.

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1. As Reid Duke became the franchise's first player, the Golden Knights' hockey operations staff has been consistently working toward building out the rest of the team's roster. This episode will go on a trip with director of player personnel Vaughn Karpan, who's one of the strongest voices in the room as the team prepares for the Expansion Draft. In this episode, Karpan shares the wisdom of a third-decade hockey executive, providing insight into the challenges that lie ahead for the Golden Knights.

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2. On March 1, the Golden Knights completed the franchise's expansion application, officially becoming the NHL's 31st team. Episode 4 will show exclusive footage of chairman/ceo Bill Foley congregating with staff on the day the team became official.

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3. From February 21-22, the Golden Knights hosted a unique 24-hour open house, where fans were invited, free of charge, into T-Mobile Arena. Besides having the chance to purchase tickets, the team's supporters were able to explore its home arena, both in the seats and on the floor where ice will eventually be laid. Which as this episode shows, especially as the event stretched into the wee hours of the morning, the Golden Knights' 24-hour open house had a highly unique atmosphere unlike anything that's really ever been done in the NHL.

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