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Las Vegas–Tonight the franchise’s first ever signed player in Reid Duke finally makes his AHL debut with Chicago Wolves.

It was shortly after that the Golden Knights were officially open for business when Bill Foley’s last payment cleared with the league office that General Manager George McPhee was given the green light to make company transactions.

Their opening hockey transaction was the signing of Duke as the organization’s first ever player on March 6, 2017. Duke signed a 3-year deal with the Golden Knights at $2,775,000 which has an AAV of $925k.

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This move was heavily influenced by Assistant General Manager Kelly McCrimmon who still has ties with Brandon Wheat Kings organization as their Owner and Governor.

He also brought to the organization their first at the prospect level trophy as Duke became the Wheat Kings scoring champion for the 2016-17 season. Duke netted 37 goals and pitched in with 34 assists in 59 games in his final season with Brandon.

During the rookies tournament against the Los Angeles Golden Knights forward Duke suffered a shoulder injury in the September 14 game.

The organization placed him on injured reserved back on October 5 and undergone shoulder surgery and since then he was rehabbing with the Golden Knights to get himself back into playing form.

With being in Vegas, it was second line winger of the Golden Knights James Neal who took young forward under his wing as an NHL player to look up to during his rehabbing assignment with the club.

For Duke this marks the 2nd stint with the Wolves organization as he signed a PTO contract back on April 7, 2017 where he would get to know and understand how the American League works and being a professional of the sport at the next level.

First looks at Duke’s Chicago Wolves sweater.

We will keep you posted on how Duke does tonight in his AHL debut with Chicago. The Wolves take on the Texas Stars at Cedar Park Center.

Update: Duke skated mostly tonight on the Chicago Wolves fourth line as center with Tyler Wong and Scooter Vaughn as he wingers. He was a -1 and had 2 PIM’s. This was his first game of hockey action for Duke after 5 months of rehabbing in Vegas.

We reached to Chicago Wolves play by play announcer Jason Shaver for his initial thoughts on how Duke played tonight in his debut.

“It was a solid debut. He can skate and appears to have good hands. Tough to judge a player on 1 game when he hasn’t played for 5 months.” Said Shaver on Duke’s overall performance tonight against the Texas Stars.

Going forward, Duke will need more time to adjust to the American League style of play as he continues his stint with Chicago.

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