LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) – The Las Vegas Wranglers will go on hiatus for the 2014-15 season.
The team, in a statement on its website, said that the ECHL team will return to play in Las Vegas for the 2015-16 season, and that details regarding a new home arena will be announced at a later date.
In a unanimous vote, the ECHL Board of Governors granted the Wranglers a voluntary suspension on Monday. The team’s future in Las Vegas was cast into doubt when Boyd Gaming announced they would not be renewing the team’s lease at the Orleans Arena. Monday’s vote allows the team to complete and realize plans to secure a new permanent venue to call home.
“We were given very little time to find a solution for the 2014-15 season,” said Wranglers president and chief operating officer Billy Johnson. “We were very close to having everything in order for the 2014-15 season with the little time we had. But in the end, we needed a few weeks more, and the ECHL simply had to get on with its business.
“We cannot thank the ECHL board enough for giving the Wranglers a chance to see through all that we have accomplished in such a short time. Obviously, they have seen what we are working on. We are all excited.”
On the ECHL website, the league said all Las Vegas players on ECHL contracts are deemed unrestricted free agents, effective immediately, which is outlined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement with the Professional Hockey Players’ Association.
The Wranglers went 20-44-4-4 in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. They were swept 4-0 by the Alaska Aces in the first round of the ECHL Playoffs.
In February, the Wranglers announced plans to move to The Plaza and construct an arena. Those plans were scrapped May 7.