The Las Vegas Golden Knights have signed Calgary-born Reid Duke as their first franchise player.
On Monday, the Knights announced they had signed Duke to a three-year entry level contract.
The Golden Knights have made the first player transaction in team history & signed forward Reid Duke.
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) March 6, 2017
The 21-year-old forward has 35 goals and 32 assists with the Brandon Wheat Kings this season.
The Wheat Kings said Duke has been an integral part of the team.
“I think that he has established himself at this level. He’s really had three good years in our organization,” said general manager Grant Armstrong.
“I think he’s got a real high skill level and good size and strength. His game… will evolve and he’s going to be a good pro player.”
Duke is in his fifth season in the Western Hockey League, registering 135 assists for 247 points and 317 penalty minutes in 304 career games with the Wheat Kings and, previously, the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
The Golden Knights begin play next season.