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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The new head of athletic training of the NHL’s new Vegas Golden Knights is a veteran Cirque du Soleil staffer.

The team says it has hired Jay Mellette as its head athletic trainer and director of sports performance. He joins the team after spending 12 years with Cirque, most recently as director of performance medicine.

Golden Knights general manager George McPhee in a statement says Mellette will help the team in “a meaningful way.” Mellette will be responsible for the sports performance services provided to Golden Knights players.

Before joining the team, Mellette oversaw the care of more than 1,300 Cirque athletes and staff members.

The Las Vegas franchise will begin play this fall. The NHL expansion team is the first major sports franchise to call the city home.

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