2009-10 Las Vegas Wranglers
Division 2nd Pacific
Conference 5th National
League 13th ECHL
2009-10 record 34-30-4-4
Home record 23-11-1-1
Road record 11-19-3-3
Goals for 234
Goals against 257
General Manager Ryan Mougenel
Coach Ryan Mougenel
Captain Chris Neiszner
Alternate captains Multiple
Arena Orleans Arena
Average attendance Average: 4,350
Capacity: 55.9%
Total: 156,591[1]
Team leaders
Goals Adam Miller (33)
Assists Adam Miller (53)
Points Adam Miller (86)
Penalties in minutes Chris Frank (165)
Wins Michael Ouzas (17)
Goals against average Jimmy Spratt (2.92)

The 2009–10 Las Vegas Wranglers season will be the 7th season for the Las Vegas Wranglers in the ECHL. The Wranglers will enter the season with a new head coach for the first time since the inaugural season, following the promotion of former head coach and general manager Glen Gulutzan to the position of head coach of the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.[2]

Preseason Edit

Following an unlikely return to the National Conference finals, the first head coach and general manager of the Las Vegas Wranglers, Glen Gulutzan, left the team to become the head coach of the expansion Texas Stars of the AHL.[3] For the first time in seven years, Wranglers owner Charles Davenport was forced to look for a head coach, but stated that Gulutzan's move to the AHL was "long overdue." Gulutzan had been offered assistant coaching jobs in the AHL for the past few years, but the offer to coach Texas was his first head coaching offer in the AHL. Davenport is actively searching for Gulutzan’s replacement and hopes to fill the position within one month. Gulutzan said he would make some recommendations to help Davenport’s search.[2]

On June 25, the Wranglers announced that they had hired former Stockton Thunder assistant, Ryan Mougenel to be the second head coach and general manager in team history. Mougenel played in the ECHL for Hampton Roads, Chesapeake, Jackson and Atlantic City.[4] Mougenel was officially introduced at Orleans Arena on June 30. Mougenel said he intends to keep a core nucleus of last year's squad while implementing on-ice systems similar to those Gulutzan employed. Mougenel also announced that the team would not retain Mike McBain as the team's assistant coach and would not employ an assistant coach at all for the 2009-10 season, a move many ECHL clubs have decided to due to financial constraints.[5]

On July 15, the Wranglers announced that they had hired former NHL All-Star Keith Primeau to take over as the team's director of player development as well as being a special assistant to the General Manager. Primeau, who played in fifteen NHL seasons, runs the Durham Hockey Institute in Toronto with Wranglers head coach and general manager Ryan Mougenel and Keith's brother Wayne and the trio are also the owners of the Whitby Fury of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.[6]

On August 10, the Wranglers announced that the team had severed its six-year affiliation with the Calgary Flames and signed an agreement to become the ECHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes and Phoenix's AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. Head Coach Ryan Mougenel stated that cost of travel between Las Vegas and Abbotsford, British Columbia (site of Calgary's newly relocated AHL affiliate) and immigration issues from Canada played large roles in the decision to separate.[7]

On August 26, the Wranglers announced that they would play a home and home preseason series with the Ontario Reign. The first game would be played at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on October 8, while the two teams will play again the following night at the Center Ice Arena in Ontario, California.[8]

1.^  Game played at Center Ice Arena in Ontario, California.

Regular season Edit

See also: 2009-10 ECHL season

Standings Edit

Division standings Edit

Pacific Division GP W L OTL SOL GF GA PTS
y-Bakersfield Condors (ANA) 72 38 29 4 1 232 243 81
x-Las Vegas Wranglers (PHX) 72 34 30 4 4 234 257 76
x-Stockton Thunder (EDM/SJ) 72 33 29 2 7 235 241 76
e-Ontario Reign (LA) 72 31 31 3 7 214 229 72

Conference standings Edit

National Conference GP W L OTL SOL GF GA PTS
b-Idaho Steelheads * 72 48 17 2 5 260 191 103
y-Bakersfield Condors * 72 38 29 4 1 232 243 81
x-Alaska Aces 72 36 28 4 4 232 240 80
x-Utah Grizzlies 72 34 29 4 5 260 253 77
x-Las Vegas Wranglers 72 34 30 4 4 234 257 76
x-Stockton Thunder 72 33 29 2 7 235 241 76
x-Victoria Salmon Kings 72 34 32 4 2 230 243 74
e-Ontario Reign 72 31 31 3 7 214 229 72

x - clinched playoff spot, y - clinched division title, b - clinched Brabham Cup, best record in the conference and first round bye, e - eliminated from playoff contention

Game log Edit

Regular season Edit

2009–10 Game Log

Legend:       Win (2 points)       Loss (0 points)       Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Playoffs Edit

2010 Kelly Cup Playoffs
American Conference Quarterfinals vs. #4 Utah Grizzlies
# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Series
1 April 6 Utah 4 - 6 Las Vegas Spratt 1,882 1-0
2 April 7 Utah 4 - 1 Las Vegas Spratt 2,298 1-1
3 April 10 Las Vegas Utah
4 April 11 Las Vegas Utah
5 April 13 Las Vegas Utah If Necessary

Legend:       Win       Loss

Player stats Edit

Skaters Edit

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = Plus-minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/− PIM
  • Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Wranglers. Stats reflect time with the Wranglers only.
  • Denotes player was traded mid-season.
  • (G)Denotes goaltender.

Goaltenders Edit

Note: GPI = Games Played In; MIN = Minutes played; GAA = Goals Against Average; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/Shootout Losses; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots Against; GA = Goals Against; SV% = Save Percentage

Regular season

Awards and recordsEdit

Awards Edit

Regular Season
Player Award Awarded
Adam Miller Sher-Wood Player of the Week December 8, 2009
Adam Miller All-Star Game representative December 31, 2009
Ned Lukacevic Sheer-Wood Player of the Week January 12, 2010
Adam Miller Sher-Wood Player of the Week March 16, 2010
Jimmy Spratt Reebok Goaltender of the Week March 16, 2010
Adam Miller Reebok Hockey Player of the Month April 7, 2010


Transactions Edit

The Wranglers have been involved in the following transactions during the 2009–10 season.


August 14, 2009[9] To Las Vegas Wranglers
Craig Switzer
To Elmira Jackals
Tim Spencer
October 26, 2009 To Las Vegas Wranglers
Player to be named later
To Trenton Devils
Brett Wilson

Free agents acquired Edit

Player Former team
Michael Ouzas[10] Reading Royals
John Morea[11] Hudson Valley Bears
Jason Krischuk[12] Asplöven HC
Sean Hurley[13] Bakersfield Condors
Jeff Hazelwood [13] Curry College
Ryan Weston[14] Albany River Rats
Shay Stephenson[15] Krefeld Pinguine

Free agents lost Edit

Player New team
Tyler Mosienko[16] Nürnberg Ice Tigers
John DeCaro[17] Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs
Shawn Limpright[15] Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs

Players re-signed Edit

Chris Neiszner[18]
Dan Riedel[9]
Adam Miller[11]
John Schwarz[13]

Personnel Edit

Final Roster Edit

Updated April 6, 2010.

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
17 Flag of Canada.svg Bourret, AlexAlex Bourret

RW L 30 2009 Drummondville, Quebec
8 Flag of the United States Collins, GregGreg Collins

F L 31 2009 Rochester, New York
5 Flag of the United States Frank, ChrisChris Frank

D L 31 2009 Lynnwood, Washington
35 Flag of Sweden Gistedt, JoelJoel Gistedt

G L 29 2009 Uddevalla, Sweden
3 Flag of Canada.svg Hagel, KyleKyle Hagel

LW L 32 2009 Hamilton, Ontario
19 Flag of the United States Hazelwood, JeffJeff Hazelwood

F R 32 2009 Dublin, California
11 Flag of the United States Goers, BarryBarry Goers

D R 31 2010 Ivyland, Pennsylvania
10 Flag of the United States Krischuk, JasonJason Krischuk

D R 37 2009 Anchorage, Alaska
21 Flag of Canada.svg Lawrence, MickMick Lawrence

F R 34 2008 Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
24 Flag of Montenegro Lukacevic, NedNed Lukacevic

LW L 31 2009 Podgorica, Montenegro
9 Flag of Canada.svg Madill, MikeMike Madill

D R 35 2007 Kirkland, Quebec
81 Flag of the United States Miller, AdamAdam Miller

C L 32 2008 Livonia, Michigan
22 Flag of Canada.svg Neiszner, ChrisChris Neiszner

C R 33 2008 Craik, Saskatchewan
23 Flag of the United States Orpik, AndrewAndrew Orpik

F R 31 2009 East Amherst, New York
16 Flag of the United States Pollastrone, JerryJerry Pollastrone

F L 31 2010 Revere, Massachusetts
8 Flag of the United States Prudden, JoshJosh Prudden

C L 35 2009 Andover, Massachusetts
7 Flag of Canada.svg Ross, NickNick Ross

D L 28 2009 Lethbridge, Alberta
28 Flag of Canada.svg Schwarz, JohnJohn Schwarz

D L 33 2009 Calgary, Alberta
2 Flag of the United States Spratt, JimmyJimmy Spratt

G L 31 2010 Chesterfield, Michigan
4 Flag of Canada.svg Switzer, CraigCraig Switzer

D L 32 2009 Peachland, British Columbia
17 Flag of Canada.svg Watkins, MattMatt Watkins

RW L 30 2009 Aylesbury, Saskatchewan
18 Flag of the United States Weston, RyanRyan Weston

F R 33 2009 Henniker, New Hampshire
35 Flag of Sweden Wiikman, MiikaMiika Wiikman

G L 32 2010 Mariestad, Sweden

Staff Edit

Las Vegas Wranglers staff

Hockey Operations

Coaching Staff


  • Owner - Charles Davenport, IV
  • Owner - Jonathan Fleisig
  • President and COO - Billy Johnson
  • Vice President, corporate services and game production - Michael Delay
  • Vice President, operations - Deric Voelker
  • Director, CSPlus - Lyndsi Erickson

Affiliates Edit

The Las Vegas Wranglers will enter their first season as the ECHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League after being the affiliate for the Calgary Flames for the first six years of the team's existence. The Wranglers will also begin their first season with the San Antonio Rampage as their American Hockey League affiliate.[7]

References Edit

  1. Attendance Report. (2009-10-21). Retrieved on 2009-10-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Silver, Steve (June 16, 2009). Wranglers coach accepts AHL promotion. Las Vegas Sun.
  3. Staff (June 18, 2009). Texas Stars hire Gulutzan as head coach. Austin American-Statesman.
  4. Silver, Steve (June 25, 2009). Wranglers hire Stockton assistant to replace Gulutzan. Las Vegas Sun.
  5. Silver, Steve (June 30, 2009). Wranglers introduce new coach and general manager. Las Vegas Sun.
  6. Silver, Steve (July 15, 2009). Former NHL All-Star named Director of Player Development. Las Vegas Sun.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Silver, Steve (August 10, 2009). Wranglers drop Calgary affiliation. Las Vegas Sun.
  8. Silver, Steve (August 26, 2009). Wranglers finalize preseason schedule. Las Vegas Sun.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Silver, Steve (August 14, 2009). Wranglers sign Riedel, trade Spencer. Las Vegas Sun.
  10. Silver, Steve (August 7, 2009). Wranglers ink former Fresno goalie. Las Vegas Sun.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Silver, Steve (August 18, 2009). Miller set to return. Las Vegas Sun.
  12. Silver, Steve (August 21, 2009). Krischuk returning to Las Vegas. Las Vegas Sun.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Silver, Steve (August 25, 2009). Wranglers three more. Las Vegas Sun.
  14. Silver, Steve (August 31, 2009). Wranglers add former Boston University standout. Las Vegas Sun.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Silver, Steve (September 10, 2009). Wranglers add veteran forward. Las Vegas Sun.
  16. Press release (May 25, 2009). Stürmer Tyler Mosienko wird ein Ice Tiger. Nürnberg Ice Tigers.
  17. Morris, Kelly (July 3, 2009). DeCaro, Muscutt set to return. The Times.
  18. Silver, Steve (July 20, 2009). Wranglers roster slowly taking shape. Las Vegas Sun.

See also Edit

External links Edit

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