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Reid Duke of Golden Knights to play in AHL

First player to sign with NHL expansion team will join top affiliate of Blues on tryout contract

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Reid Duke, the first player signed by the Vegas Golden Knights, will join the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League on a professional tryout agreement.

Duke, 21, signed with Vegas on March 6. He had 71 points (37 goals, 34 assists) in 59 games with Brandon of the Western Hockey League this season and three goals in four playoff games.

Vegas general manager George McPhee said the move will give Reid a chance to improve and play more games after his team was eliminated from the WHL playoffs. Chicago has clinched a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

"With Reid Duke's WHL season ending last week, we have explored opportunities and options for him to play additional games this year," McPhee said. "The Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League, who are currently the AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues, agreed to take Reid on a professional tryout agreement. Reid will be available to play for Chicago beginning Friday. We are appreciative of the Wolves organization for affording Reid this opportunity, which will be beneficial for his development as a player."

The Golden Knights will begin play next season. An expansion draft will be held from June 18-20 and the results will be announced on June 21.

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