Today General Manager George McPhee announced that Reid Duke will heading to Chicago on a PTO with the Wolves organization of the American Hockey League.
“With Reid Duke’s WHL season ending last week, we have explored opportunities and options for him to play additional games this year. 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.” VGK GM George McPhee
With the Brandon Wheat Kings Reid Duke helped he team with tallying 37 goals and recorded 34 assists for 71 points in 59 games this past season. Duke also pitched in with 3 goals in 4 games of the 2017 WHL Playoffs when the Wheat Kings played against the Medicine Hat Tigers.
During his time with Brandon he lead the Wheat Kings to three WHL Playoffs appearances.
This announcement is by no means official confirmation that the Chicago Wolves are the AHL affiliate of the Golden Knights franchise. Any official announcement on the matter is forthcoming.
“The Golden Knights AHL affiliation discussions are still ongoing. We will announce those details after the affiliation agreement has been finalized and confirmed.” VGK GM George McPhee
Currently the Chicago Wolves are in second place in the AHL’s Central Division with 40-19-7 record at 92 points and have 5 games remaining on the season. Their final home game is on April 15th against the Charlotte Checkers.
The Wolves hockey club is gearing up for the Calder Cup Playoffs which is due to begin shortly after the completion of the regular season. The AHL has yet to release the official schedule of the playoffs.
During his PTO assignment Reid Duke will be wearing #39 on his sweater.
Chicago Wolves remaining regular season schedule:
Iowa Wild @ Chicago Wolves April 8, 2017 7:00 p.m. local time (TV: CW50)
Rockford Ice Hogs @ Chicago Wolves April 9, 2017 4:00 p.m. local time (TV: CW50)
Chicago Wolves @ Iowa Wild April 13, 2017 7:00 p.m. local time (AHL Live)
Chicago Wolves @ Iowa Wild April 14, 2017 7:00 p.m. local time (WatchUToo)
Charlotte Checkers @ Chicago Wolves April 15, 2017 7:00 p.m. local time (TV: CW50)