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from John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Sun,
The ice-in-the-sky concept to turn the pool deck at the Plaza into a hockey facility for the Las Vegas Wranglers has proven too costly to complete.
The Plaza announced in a news release today that the Wranglers will not move their home games to the downtown hotel-casino. It cited the team’s concerns that the project had exceeded original cost estimates.
Team owner Gary Jacobs informed Jonathan Jossel, managing director of Plaza hotel parent company Tamares Group, in an email this morning that the team was moving on.
“The pool deck wasn’t going to be feasible in a time frame for us to play at the Plaza,” Wranglers President Billy Johnson said in a phone interview just after the release was issued via email.
“We do have another (plan) that we’ve dual-tracked in case things didn’t work out as smoothly as we’d liked with the Plaza,” he said.
Dual-tracked in this context means the team was simultaneously working out a plan for another venue.
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from Fox5 Las Vegas,
After calling the Orleans Arena home since the team's inception in 2003, the Las Vegas Wranglers are scrambling to secure a new venue for next season.
"The solution is not going to be simple," said Wranglers president Billy Johnson. "The timing of this has every possible place booked up."
In a meeting with Boyd Gaming, owners of the Orleans Arena, on Dec. 6, Johnson was told the team's lease with the arena would not be extended past the 2013-14 season.
"In that meeting, we were told it was 100-percent sure we would not be back," said Johnson.
Johnson asked for a one-year extension on the team's lease for time to search for a new sheet of ice.
"We were told that's not going to happen," said Johnson.
from Steve Silver of the Las Vegas Sun,
The Wranglers announced Wednesday that two-time NHL All-Star Keith Primeau will assist head coach and general manager Ryan Mougenel as the Director of Player Development. Primeau’s duties will include player recruiting, scouting, and other administrative tasks.
“To have Keith as a part of our staff is very exciting for the new direction of our program,” Mougenel said in a press release. “Keith brings a ton of hockey knowledge to our organization and we are very fortunate to have him. His presence and leadership are going to be a huge asset and something I will rely on heavily during the season….
via Steve Silver of the Las Vegas Sun,
If the Las Vegas Wranglers make the playoffs, they will have to vie for the Kelly Cup without both Ferraro brothers as the fallout from Tuesday night’s brawl with the Alaska Aces continues.
In that melee on Tuesday, Chris Ferraro suffered a season-ending and potentially career-ending broken leg.
Friday morning, the ECHL suspended his brother, Peter, for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs for spearing another player in the fight after the referees had seemingly stopped the mess.
Peter Ferraro, a 15-year professional veteran with significant NHL experience, notched 16 goals and 14 assists in 52 games with the Wranglers this season. Last season Ferraro posted a team-high 73 points in 68 games.
The video quality is not that great, but watch some of the incident below.
from Steve Silver of the Las Vegas Sun,
The publicity machine at the Las Vegas Wranglers has done it again.
The ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Calgary Flames will don prison-style uniforms to pay tribute to recently disgraced Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on Jan. 30 against the Victoria Salmon Kings.
The Wranglers’ uniforms will feature broad, horizontal black and white stripes with mock prison numbers on the back of each jersey that begin with “ILLGOV” followed by the players’ actual number.
Following the game, the Las Vegas players will autograph their uniforms and auction them to the public to support the team’s various charities.
From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,
Keeping a pro hockey career going in the minors when you’re 35 is a roll of the dice anyway. So if you’re going to do it, why not skate straight to Las Vegas? That would be the natural explanation for why Chris and Peter Ferraro, the twins from Sound Beach and former Rangers, are on The Strip. [...]
It has been a fascinating odyssey for the two brothers. They were on the 1994 U.S. Olympic team, or at least Peter was after Chris was the final cut and went to Lillehammer as an alternate. They were teammates on a college national championship team at Maine. Both were drafted by the Rangers, played here and there in the NHL, spent time in the Islanders system, played together in Sweden and Germany. But theirs is less a hockey story than it is a family story. It always has been.