Wranglers owner Gary Jacobs said Thursday that the city’s ECHL franchise is calling it quits after failing to find a new facility to play in next season.
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Skill wasn’t enough for the Wranglers to overcome will last season, when Las Vegas lost in the first round of the playoffs for the third time in four years to eventual ECHL Western Conference champion Stockton.
Counting former coach Glen Gulutzan, a dozen players have suited up for the Wranglers before making their NHL debut.
New coach Mike Madill and Wranglers players will attend a free Fan Fest on Saturday at Scooter’s Pub, 6200 S. Rainbow Blvd.
Left wing Adam Huxley will return to the Wranglers this season as a player-assistant coach. An enforcer who has spent four of his nine ECHL seasons with Las Vegas, Huxley has the franchise record for most penalty minutes in a season (294 in 2004-05) and career (709).
The Wranglers on Friday agreed to terms with defensemen Jeff May and Ben Woodley and left wing Adam Hughesman, who had 13 goals and 18 assists as a rookie last season for Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Wranglers announced Wednesday that center Chris Francis would return to the team for his fourth season.
The Wranglers will open the ECHL season against the Utah Grizzlies on Oct. 19 at Orleans Arena.
The Las Vegas Wranglers released their protected list of 17 players, which included two goalies, four defensemen and 11 forwards.
In a show of respect, 10 of Mike Madill’s former teammates showed up Friday at Orleans Arena to watch the former Wranglers team captain get introduced as the team’s new coach and general manager.
Mike Madill played for the only two coaches the Wranglers have had. Today, the former Las Vegas defenseman and team captain will be introduced as the third coach and general manager in the ECHL franchise’s 10-year history, said a team source who requested anonymity.
Less than a year after guiding the Wranglers to the ECHL Kelly Cup Finals, Ryan Mougenel’s four-year tenure as Las Vegas’ coach and general manager is over.
After squandering an excellent chance to eliminate Stockton in Game 6, the Wranglers had virtually no chance in Game 7 on Sunday in Stockton, Calif.
In complete control of the game and their ECHL Western Conference quarterfinal series against Stockton early in the third period of Game 6 Friday night in California, the Wranglers completely unraveled down the stretch.
Quirky Wranglers goalie Joe Fallon has been known to read calculus books for fun, but you don’t have to be a math wizard to figure out Las Vegas is one win away from advancing to the second round of the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs.
One of the Wranglers’ leading scorers in the regular season, Chris Francis was held scoreless in Las Vegas’ first three playoff games.
A playmaker who’s always looking to set up his teammates, Wranglers forward Scott Pitt took matters into his own hands Monday night at Orleans Arena.
After losing only twice during a dominant playoff run to the ECHL Kelly Cup Finals last year, the Wranglers find themselves at the opposite end of the spectrum.
Despite not trailing in regulation during either of their first two ECHL playoff games, the Wranglers have nothing to show for it.
When leading after two periods this season, the Wranglers were virtually unbeatable, going 21-0-1.
The last time Wranglers coach Ryan Mougenel and Stockton Thunder coach Matt Thomas faced each other in the playoffs was 1990, when their rival Toronto high schools squared off for the city championship.
Nothing was at stake for the Wranglers in Friday’s regular-season finale at Orleans Arena, but losing to Bakersfield, the worst team in the ECHL, before a crowd of 6,769 on fan appreciation night wasn’t the way they wanted to enter the playoffs.
After breaking a blade in his skate Tuesday morning, Wranglers goalie Mitch O’Keefe had to wear a new pair of skates in Tuesday night’s game against Ontario at Orleans Arena.