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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Billy Johnson, who was known for his inventive promotions during 11 years leading the minor league hockey franchise, said there’s still a shot the Wranglers will return next season after losing their arena and taking a year off. Johnson has accepted a fundraising position in town that’s unrelated to sports.
A charity hockey game featuring several past and present NHL and ECHL players will take place at 5:30 p.m. today at the Fiesta Rancho’s Sobe Ice Arena.
The local soccer pubs started filling up early Tuesday because the U.S. was playing Belgium in the knockout round of the World Cup. These fans appeared to be dedicated, and perhaps a little loaded. They were not, however, the most dedicated sports fans in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Wranglers minor league hockey team will skip the 2014-15 season because it does not have a place to play, but will work on finding a permanent venue for the 2015-16 season.
The Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team Wednesday informed the Plaza in downtown Las Vegas that the minor league club has pulled the plug on its ice rink-arena project at the hotel parking lot because it cost too much, leaving fans wondering where the team will play next season in Las Vegas.
The Wranglers played their final game at the 7,773-seat venue that has been their ECHL home for the past 11 seasons Friday night in a 3-2 loss to the Alaska Aces before a crowd of 2,543.
Only a handful of teams in pro sports history have rallied to win a playoff series after trailing 3-0. That’s the daunting challenge facing the Wranglers.
Earlier this season, Wranglers center Chad Nehring’s girlfriend, Canadian Karinne Seiferling, outlasted four other people to win a Calgary radio station’s “Panic Room” contest.
For the second straight game, the Wranglers scored late in the first period to quiet the constant clanging of cowbells at Alaska’s Sullivan Arena.
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