Las Vegas Wranglers

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Beaudoin Leads AHL Rookies In Playoffs -
For the second season in a row 10 former ECHL players were named Reebok/AHL Player of the Week with former Florida Everblades center Keith Aucoin, former Johnstown Chiefs goaltender Jason Bacashihua, former Las Vegas Wranglers and Wheeling Nailers...
Two roads to the Kelly Cup Finals - Anchorage Daily News
In Game 6 of the previous round, Cam Keith swooped in off the right wing in triple overtime and batted his own rebound out of mid-air to escape the Las Vegas Wranglers. "I think in that Game 7, there was a shot that hit a post and the puck was behind...
Las Vegas ends the extra session in only 28 seconds - Stockton Record
Lawrence hammered his long-distance blast past Thunder goaltender Parker Van Buskirk just 28 seconds into overtime as the Wranglers stunned Stockton 3-2 in the fourth game of the best-of-seven ECHL Pacific Division finals. It was Las Vegas' first win...
Wranglers ready to defend conference title against arch rival Aces - Las Vegas Sun
Alaska Aces forward Scott Burt (left) and Las Vegas Wranglers forward Dan Riedel (right) celebrate after scoring goals at the Orleans Arena during a heated regular season rivalry in March. Although the Wranglers struggled with a 3-6-1 record against...
Aces' late goal bites Wranglers - Las Vegas Sun
Alaska Aces winger Cam Keith topples Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Sean Owens in the Wranglers 3-1 loss Tuesday night at the Orleans Arena. The Aces now hold a 3-0 lead in the National Conference finals. By Steve Silver (contact) Upon returning home...
Aces shutter Wranglers' season with convincing sweep - Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegas Wranglers and Alaska Aces players shake hands at the conclusion of the National Conference finals at the Orleans Arena on Thursday night with Alaska sweeping Las Vegas in four straight games. By Steve Silver (contact) The Alaska Aces brought...
B2 Networks Broadcasts Every Game In Kelly Cup Finals -
The first hockey game broadcast by B2 Networks was the Las Vegas Wranglers in February 2004 and the first hockey championship carried by B2 Networks was the 2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The first channel on, a free 24-hour cable-style network...
Pittsburgh recalls former Wranglers goaltender - Las Vegas Sun
Former Las Vegas Wranglers goaltender John Curry makes a kick save against the Stockton Thunder during a game at the Orleans Arena on Oct. 21, 2007. Curry spent most of this season with the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, but was recalled by the...
Curcio is not replacing Gulutzan - Las Vegas Sun
"There is no truth to the speculation about me coming to Las Vegas," Curcio said. "I'm not sure how those rumors got started, but it's absolutely not true." The Wranglers' front office echoed Curcio in saying that there is no truth to any reports of...
Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report - OurSports Central (press release)
ECHL: The Las Vegas Wranglers have stated that the team will return for the 2009-10 ECHL season despite rumors that the franchise was relocating, folding or being sold. Eastern Junior Hockey League: The owners of the Tri-State Selects (Oaks,...

Las Vegas Wranglers

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The Las Vegas Wranglers are a minor league ice hockey team in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Wranglers play in the Pacific Division of the ECHL's National Conference and are one of the most prolific teams in ECHL history.

The Wranglers were originally to begin play in the West Coast Hockey League, but the WCHL merged with the ECHL before the beginning of the 2003 season. Home games are played at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Wranglers are the only team to hold a game that is played at midnight. The annual "Midnight Holiday Roundup" (the 'Holiday' part is so-called because it is held every December) was created so that Las Vegans who work during the usual game times (e.g. employees of the gaming industry), could watch a game. Other Wranglers promotions have included the traditional mullet hat night and even a give away of orange vests that said "Don't Shoot...I'm Human!" during a game on March 17, 2006, a joke on the Dick Cheney hunting incident. The Wranglers are the first team in ECHL history to have three consecutive 100-point seasons.

The Wranglers have been the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Calgary Flames and the AHL's Quad City Flames since the team's inaugural season in 2003. Under the terms of the affiliation agreement, up to nine Flames prospects can play for Las Vegas.

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed ECHL regular season.

Records as of end of the 2007-08 ECHL season.

This is a table of the overall win-loss-tie records for the Wranglers against certain opponents. Teams in italics are no longer members of the ECHL. Some franchises have moved over the years, and records against franchises which have since moved are combined. Records in the playoffs are also included in the overall win-loss-tie records presented. The Wranglers have the most success against the Phoenix Roadrunners and the least success against the Reading Royals. Of the other 21 teams in the current 22-team ECHL, the Wranglers have never played against Charlotte, Charleston (SC), Dayton, Duluth (GA), or Elmira (NY). The Wranglers have only played against Cincinnati during the 2008 Kelly Cup Finals.

The Las Vegas Wranglers have significant rivalries with the Alaska Aces, Bakersfield Condors, Fresno Falcons, Idaho Steelheads, and Utah Grizzlies. The longest of the rivalries is with the Utah Grizzlies, which started between the Las Vegas Thunder and the Utah Grizzlies in the International Hockey League and came to its highest point during 1996 IHL Western Conference Finals. The Wranglers and the Steelheads have had a constant rivalry that has centered around the playoffs. The Wranglers have met the Steelheads in all three of their playoff appearnaces. The Alaska Aces rivalry began during the 2005-06 season in which the Wranglers fell one point behind the Aces for the West Division and Brabham Cup titles. The rivalries with the Condors and Falcons started off very softly during the Wranglers inaugural season but has become more heated since the Wranglers move into the Pacific Division during the 2006-07 season. In 2008-09, the Wranglers are expecting a new rival with the Texas Wildcatters relocating to Ontario, CA. The Reign, are to be affiliated with the Los Angeles Kings who have a heavy fan base in the Las Vegas metropolitan area as Las Vegas is a part of the Los Angeles sports market.

Former rivals of the Wranglers included the Long Beach Ice Dogs, San Diego Gulls, and Toledo Storm. The rivalry with Long Beach and San Diego came from the time that the teams were members of the IHL and made numerous playoff appearances against each other, while the rivalry with Toledo was based upon the large population of Las Vegas residents from Toledo, OH.

The Wranglers have had numerous songs that represent the team during pre-game introductions. Songs that represented the regular season have included: Never Gonna Stop (The Red Red Kroovy), Stand Up, Ready Steady Go, ...To Be Loved, Crash. When the team makes the playoffs, the song that was used in the regular season is usually changed. Songs that have represented the playoffs have included: The Hand That Feeds and Lights and Sounds. During the regular season the Wranglers used Ain't Nothing Wrong With That by Robert Randolph and the Family Band and The Pretender by the Foo Fighters as their theme song. For the 2008 Kelly Cup Playoffs, the Wranglers used Give It All by Rise Against. Currently the Wranglers are using Hell Yeah by Rev Theory as their theme song.

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Las Vegas Wranglers seasons

This is a list of seasons completed by the Las Vegas Wranglers ice hockey franchise of the ECHL. The list documents the season-by-season records of the Wranglers' franchise from 2003 to present, including postseason records. The Wranglers franchise was founded in 2003.

The Wranglers have an overall regular season record in the ECHL of 220 wins, 93 losses, and 47 overtime losses.

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2003–04 Las Vegas Wranglers season

The 2003-04 Las Vegas Wranglers season was the Las Vegas Wranglers' inaugural season in the ECHL. The West Coast Hockey League had originally awarded an expansion franchise to Las Vegas, Nevada in 1999 were supposed to start play in the 2000-01 WCHL season, but were unable to find a home arena until signing a deal with The Orleans Hotel and Casino to play in their new arena that they were in the process of constructing in 2003. During the 2002-03 WCHL season, the league announced that it would be folding but six of their current franchises (Anchorage, Bakersfield, Fresno, Idaho, Long Beach, and San Diego) and three of their expansion franchises (Las Vegas, Ontario, CA, and Reno) were approved for membership, with all but the Ontario and Reno franchises to take the ice during the upcoming 2003-04 ECHL season.

The Wranglers first regular season began on October 17, 2003 against the Idaho Steelheads and concluded on April 3, 2004 against the Bakersfield Condors. The Wranglers made ice hockey's return to Las Vegas on October 21, 2003, defeating Bakersfield 4–2 in front of an announced sell-out crowd at Orleans Arena. The Wranglers would finish their first season in second place in the Pacific Division, falling to the eventual Kelly Cup champion, Idaho Steelheads, three games to two, after cruising to a two games to zero lead in the series.

The Wranglers saw numerous changes to happen to the team before they took the ice for the first time. On May 29, actor Rick Schroder, filling in for team owner Charles Davenport, introduced former Fresno Falcons player-coach, Glen Gulutzan as the team's first head coach and general manager. The team then changed it's logo from a red, yellow, orange, and black outline of a cowboys face to a red, black, and silver color scheme with a hockey stick carrying "Wrangler" mounted on a bull. The Wranglers would unveil their home, road, and alternate uniforms a month before their season opener. The home sweater was white with a previously unreleased Wranglers logo on the chest and trimmed with black and red on the sleeves and waist. The road sweater was red with "Las Vegas" in script over the streaking Wranglers’ poker chip puck and trimmed in black on the sleeves and waist. The third jersey was black with another previously unreleased logo on the chest featuring "VEGAS" in individual circles across a red hockey stick and the Wranglers’ poker chip puck, trimmed in black with red rolling dice along the waist.

The Wranglers began the regular season on October 17 visiting the Idaho Steelheads. The team's home opener was played on October 21 against the Bakersfield Condors. The Wranglers were known for their unprecedented performance at home during the first half of the season, going 15 straight games without losing in regulation, a streak that started with a 4–2 victory over Bakersfield on opening night on October 21 and lasting to December 27, when the San Diego Gulls defeated the Wranglers 1–0. The Wranglers began the season on a 9-1-2 run, before heading east on an agonizing six game road trip in which they went 0-4-2. The team concluded the regular season on April 3 with a 4–1 road victory over Bakersfield.

The Wranglers longest winning streak during the season was six games which occurred twice, from November 28 to December 19 and from March 12 to March 26 respectively. The team's longest losing streak was also six games, which ran from November 14 to November 22.

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2006–07 Las Vegas Wranglers season

The 2006-07 Las Vegas Wranglers season was the Las Vegas Wranglers fourth season in the ECHL. The regular season began on October 20, 2006 against the Fresno Falcons and concluded on April 7, 2007 against the Stockton Thunder. The Wranglers looked to improve upon their progress made in the 2005-06, which had been the Wranglers best season in team history and third best in ECHL history, in which they had 53 wins and 112 points finishing only 1 point behind division rival, Alaska for the Brabham Cup. The Alaska Aces added salt to the Wrangler's wounds by knocking them out of the Kelly Cup playoffs in the West Division Finals in six games.

During the regular season, the Wranglers saw their first championships as they won the Pacific Division crown and the Brabham Cup. The Wranglers swept the Phoenix Roadrunners in a hard fought National Conference Quarterfinal seriees, four games to zero, but were upset by the eventual Kelly Cup champion Idaho Steelheads in six games.

With the termination of the San Diego Gulls franchise, the ECHL Board of Governors decided to move the Wranglers from the West Division to the Pacific Division in the National Conference to make both divisions equal at five teams a piece. The Wranglers played thirteen of their first eighteen games on the road, including the first five games of the season, on the road, because of scheduling conflicts with the team's home, the Orleans Arena.

The Wranglers began the regular season on October 20 visiting the Fresno Falcons. The team's home opener, which was originally scheduled to be on October 24 against the Phoenix Roadrunners, was played on November 3 against the Victoria Salmon Kings. The Wranglers started off the season on a 13-1-7 run, but didn't see their best winning streak until the end of the season in which they won their last 13 regular season games and their first five playoff games tying the professional ice hockey record for longest winning streak at 18 games in a row. The winning streak lasted from March 10 to April 22. The Wranglers longest losing streak was three games which lasted from March 3 to March 9 and jump started the team on their record tying winning streak. The team concluded the season on April 7 with a 2 – 1 home victory over the Stockton Thunder.

The Wranglers clinched their first division championship in team history with a 4 – 2 victory on the road against the Long Beach Ice Dogs at Long Beach Arena on April 4. Three days later the Wranglers clinched the Brabham Cup title when they defeated the Stockton Thunder 2–1 on the last game of the season, just edging out heated rival, the Alaska Aces by one-point, remenisent of the Brabham Cup race the two teams had just one year before, but this time ending in the Wranglers favor.

During the regular season and playoffs numerous Wranglers team and individual records were broken. Regular season team records included fewest defeats (12) and most ties (14). During the regular season, Derek Edwardson set the new individual season record for power play goals (14) and Tyler Mosienko tied the record for game winning goals with 6. Marc Magliarditi extended his career record for wins (83) and games played (146) as a Wranglers goaltender, while second-year goaltender Mike McKenna set new single season records with shutouts (5) and lowest goals against average (2.21) and tied Magliarditi's single season record saves percentage (.927).

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Source : Wikipedia