The NHL denied reports on Wednesday that the league is planning to expand to Las Vegas, Quebec City, Seattle and Toronto. Expansion is “not in our plans. There is absolutely nothing new on that,” according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
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I had read that Dartmouth, the little Ivy League school in New Hampshire with the big academic tradition, had sent 120 of its athletes to the Winter Olympics over the years. And though Dartmouth was founded in 1769, that still seemed like a lot.
It was going on 3 a.m. today, and Kevin McGlue, the play-by-play announcer for the Colorado Eagles, was in a station break after the Wranglers beat the guys he travels with 3-0 in the annual Midnight Circus hockey game at Orleans Arena.
Downtown Las Vegas soon will be a lot cooler. Literally.
Coming off a 50-goal, 116-point season in junior hockey, Adam Hughesman saw his production plummet in his rookie year with the Wranglers last season, when he compiled just 13 goals and 31 points.
On Friday night, the Las Vegas Wranglers wore hockey sweaters with the UNLV logo on front to benefit the Dave Rice Foundation. But if you wanted to watch actual UNLV students dump and chase the puck while wearing UNLV sweaters, you had to be at SoBe Ice Arena at the Fiesta Rancho on Friday and Saturday where the Rebels’ club hockey team was playing San Diego State.
Chad Nehring scored two goals for the Wranglers, who erased a 3-1 deficit to force overtime before suffering a 4-3 shootout loss to the Utah Grizzlies on Friday night before 5,572 at the Orleans Arena.
Greg Coburn put the Wranglers ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal in the first period, but Las Vegas surrendered five unanswered goals the rest of the way in a 5-1 loss to the Utah Grizzlies before 4,185 on Saturday night at Orleans Arena.
Adam Hughesman put the Wranglers ahead 1-0 at the 4:34 mark with his team-leading 13th goal, but Las Vegas was shut out the rest of the way in a 4-1 ECHL loss to the Colorado Eagles on Wednesday night at Orleans Arena.
At Orleans Arena, Luke Fulghum scored two goals and Trent Daavettila had a goal and two assists as Colorado (23-12-7, 53 points) cruised to a 5-2 ECHL victory over the Wranglers (11-26-4, 26).
Throughout a trying season in which the Wranglers appear headed for their first losing record in 10 years and were essentially evicted from Orleans Arena, first-year coach and general manager Mike Madill has maintained his perpetually positive attitude.
Justin Bernhardt scored two goals, Chad Nehring had a goal and two assists and Travis Fullerton stopped 47 shots as the Wranglers beat ECHL Western Conference-leading Ontario 5-2 on Friday before a sellout crowd of 7,786 at Orleans Arena.
It didn’t take long for Jason Zucker to make a name for himself in Minnesota. Last season, the speedy left wing from Las Vegas capped off his rookie year by scoring the winning goal in overtime in the Wild’s only playoff victory over eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.
The Wranglers have at least two more weeks to find a new place to play next season after the ECHL agreed to extend Wednesday’s deadline at its Board of Governors meeting in Philadelphia.
Before he was a stand-up comic — and before he was the voice of Muddy Mudskipper and Albert the Foul-Mouthed Bass on the “Ren & Stimpy Show” — Harris Peet was employed by the Los Angeles Kings. As a practice/emergency goalie. During the Gretzky years.
When the Wranglers were notified in December that their Orleans Arena lease wouldn’t be renewed next season, team president Billy Johnson set Monday as his deadline to secure a new venue for the 11-year-old ECHL franchise.
Mitch O’Keefe stopped all 33 shots he faced Saturday night to record his first shutout of the season and help Las Vegas to a 2-0 ECHL victory at Bakersfield, the Wranglers’ first regulation win in more than a month.
Teigan Zahn scored a power-play goal 1:48 into the third period to break a tie and give the Utah Grizzlies a 3-2 ECHL victory over the Wranglers in West Valley City.
John Armstrong scored early in the third period to force overtime and the Las Vegas Wranglers eventually defeated Utah 3-2 in a shootout in West Valley City on Tuesday night.
It took almost three years for the Wranglers to get 3,000 likes on their Facebook page, but it took only three days for a fan’s “Save The Wranglers” page to generate that many.
At Orleans Arena, the reeling Wranglers rallied for four goals in the third period, but they weren’t enough to offset Kyle Kraemer’s five-goal night for the ECHL Western Conference-leading Reign.
Do you own or manage a building in Las Vegas that can hold a hockey rink and at least 2,500 seats?
The Wranglers, who over 11 seasons have become something of a staple on the local sports scene, will become unstapled from Orleans Arena at the end of the season.