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Wranglers re-sign top forward

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Chris Francis controls the puck, evading the Alaska Aces' defense. (IIA Photography) Chris Francis controls the puck, evading the Alaska Aces' defense. (IIA Photography)

The Las Vegas Wranglers on Wednesday announced their first signing for the 2013-14 season, and it's an important one.

Center Chris Francis will return to the team for his fourth season.

Francis, 24, was born and raised in Las Vegas, notching 21 goals and 48 points last season. The forward was also named to the 2013 ECHL All-Star Team, the lone representative from the Wranglers.

"Chris is a dynamic player that can score every night," said Wranglers General Manager and Head Coach Mike Madill. "He's become very dependable in the D-zone, and I'm glad to have him back."

Prior to joining the Wranglers, the 6'1", 161-pound center spent four seasons with the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League and appeared in four games with American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons.

"Vegas is my home, and it's always fun to play in front of people you know," said Francis. "As a young guy, I want to have a better year than last year, and contribute to team success, as making it to the [Kelly Cup] finals is always a goal."

The Wranglers' 11th season of hockey kicks off at Orleans Area on Oct. 18 at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are available now at www.lasvegaswranglers.com.

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