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Las Vegas Wranglers add 2 NCAA rookies

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Locke Jillson (Las Vegas Wranglers) Locke Jillson (Las Vegas Wranglers)
Eric Springer (Las Vegas Wranglers) Eric Springer (Las Vegas Wranglers)

Hockey season is not that far off, and the Las Vegas Wranglers Friday announced the addition of two college standouts to their lineup.

Forward Locke Jillson has signed with the team for the upcoming year and Eric Springer will beef up the blue line.

Jillson, 24, comes off four years at Cornell University where the 5'9", 154-pound forward tallied 45 points (20 goals, 25 assists) in 124 games. Jillson also played in the United States Hockey League (USHL) in 2007-08, accumulating 18 points.

"Locke is a highly skilled forward that comes from a great program at Cornell," said Wranglers Head Coach and General Manager Ryan Mougenel. "He's a young pro who will provide offense for us, and I'm excited to have him."

"(Las Vegas) seems like a great situation all around, and I really couldn't beat it," Jillson said. "I'm excited to meet new teammates and pick their brains and become a better player every day from that."

D-man Springer, 23, played for the highly regarded University of Wisconsin. In 84 games with the Badgers, Springer recorded 10 points in 84 games. The 5'9", 194-pound defenseman also spent a season with the USHL's Sioux Falls Stampede, boasting 31 points in 60 games.

"Springer comes highly recommended, and also comes from another great college program," said Mougenel. "He's a defenseman that competes extremely hard and his pedigree will benefit our lineup."

"I want to do well on the ice and prove myself, and hopefully make some things happen this year," said Springer. "It sounds like Vegas has a good atmosphere with the fans, and I just want to get back on the ice and play the game."

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