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2003-04 Las Vegas Wranglers
Division 2nd West
Conference 4th American
League 9th ECHL
2003-04 record 43-22-7
Home record 26-9-1
Road record 17-3-6
Goals for 227
Goals against 186
General Manager Glen Gulutzan
Coach Glen Gulutzan
Captain Jason McBain
Alternate captains Mike McBain
Arena Orleans Arena
Average attendance 4,981 (64.1%)
Team leaders
Goals Eric Schneider (21)
Chris Kennady (21)
Assists Greg Day (44)
Jason McBain (44)
Points Greg Day (64)
Penalties in minutes Chris Wheaton (214)
Wins Marc "Mags" Magliarditi (29)
Goals against average Marc "Mags" Magliarditi (2.35)

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.

Preseason Edit

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

Regular season Edit

See also: 2003-04 ECHL season

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.

Standings Edit

West Division GP W L T GF GA PTS
z-San Diego Gulls 72 49 13 10 240 177 108
x-Las Vegas Wranglers 72 43 22 7 227 186 93
x-Idaho Steelheads 72 40 23 9 219 208 89
x-Alaska Aces 72 38 28 6 220 210 82
e-Bakersfield Condors 72 25 38 9 201 236 59
e-Fresno Falcons 72 23 43 6 187 275 52
e-Long Beach Ice Dogs 72 23 44 5 191 257 51

Game Log Edit

Regular season Edit

  • Green background indicates win (2 points).
  • Red background indicates regulation loss (0 points).
  • White background indicates overtime/shootout loss (1 point).
2003-04 Game Log

Playoffs Edit

  • Green background indicates win,
  • Red indicates loss.
2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs

Player stats Edit

Skaters Edit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty Minutes

Regular Season Edit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Greg Day 67 20 44 64 36
Chris Kenady 71 21 38 59 152
Jason McBain 72 11 44 55 80
Jeff Attard 70 16 28 44 86
Eric Schneider 44 21 20 41 30
Doug Wright 72 20 18 38 104
Cam Bristow 72 13 24 37 102
David Cousineau 69 17 15 32 86
Tom Nelson 43 10 20 30 42
Ryan Christie 60 16 11 27 142
Mike McBain 72 5 20 25 95
Justin Kelly 31 12 11 23 20
Chris Wheaton 68 7 13 20 214
Kevin O'Flaherty 32 4 11 15 24
Darren Partch 20 8 5 13 6
Deryk Engelland 35 2 11 13 63
Jonathan Shockey 66 2 10 12 181
Blaine Bablitz 23 5 6 11 16
Morten Ask 5 4 4 8 4
Garett Bembridge 13 4 3 7 12
Riku Varjamo 68 3 4 7 44
Kayle Short 17 0 5 5 18
Joff Kehler 4 2 0 2 4
Nathan Horne 10 1 0 1 16
Brent Krahn (G) 14 0 1 1 0
Marc Magliarditi (G) 48 0 1 1 4
Jon Krall 2 0 0 0 0
Dave Marlin (G) 2 0 0 0 0
Dany Sabourin (G) 10 0 0 0 6

Playoffs Edit

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Greg Day 5 1 4 5 2
Tom Nelson 4 1 3 4 2
Ryan Christie 4 3 1 4 2
Chris Kenady 5 3 1 4 4
Jason McBain 5 0 2 2 4
Jeff Attard 5 0 2 2 4
Mike McBain 5 0 2 2 8
Cam Bristow 5 1 0 1 0
Jonathan Shockey 5 0 1 1 4
Justin Kelley 2 1 0 1 0
Doug Wright 4 0 1 1 0
Riku Varjamo 5 0 0 0 16
David Cousineau 5 0 0 0 4
Deryk Engelland 2 0 0 0 0
Chris Wheaton 3 0 0 0 8
Marc Magliarditi (G) 4 0 0 0 0
Eric Schneider 5 0 0 0 2
Dany Sabourin (G) 1 0 0 0 0
Jon Krall 3 0 0 0 2
Garett Bembridge 2 0 0 0 0
Joff Kehler 5 0 0 0 4
Morten Ask 1 0 0 0 2

Goaltenders Edit

Note: GP = Games Played; GS = Games Started; MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OTL = Overtime/Shootout Losses; GA = Goals Against; GAA = Goals Against Average; SV = Saves; SV% = Save Percentage; SO = Shutouts

Regular Season Edit

Player GP MIN W L T GA GAA SV SV% SO
Marc Magliarditi 48 2857 29 14 4 112 2.35 1432 .927 2
Dany Sabourin 10 613 6 3 1 24 2.35 359 .937 0
Brent Krahn 14 828 7 5 2 36 2.61 444 .925 0
Dave Marlin 2 73 1 0 0 4 3.30 26 .867 0

Playoffs Edit

Player GP MIN W L GA GAA SV SV% SO
Dany Sabourin 1 57 0 1 2 2.07 34 .944 0
Marc Magliarditi 4 239 2 2 10 2.51 122 .924 0

AwardsEdit

League awardsEdit

Player Award
David Cousineau All-Star defenceman[4]
Justin Kelley All-Star forward [4]

Affiliates Edit

References Edit

See also Edit

External links Edit





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