Vegas reaches AHL deal with Chicago Wolves

People tour T-Mobile Arena during an event to unveil the name of Las Vegas' NHL franchise, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016, in Las Vegas. (John Locher/AP)

LAS VEGAS — The expansion Vegas Golden Knights have reached a multi-year affiliation deal with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

The deal will allow the Golden Knights to transfer players to and from Chicago when the franchise opens NHL play next season. Vegas general manager George McPhee and Wolves owner Don Levin announced the arrangement Tuesday. The Golden Knights’ first signee, Reid Duke, joined the Wolves on April 7 after signing a tryout contract.

Founded in 1994, the Wolves reached the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs this season. They had been the top affiliate of the St. Louis Blues, who will still supply the Wolves with some players for next season but set up their own primary affiliate for the following season.

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