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Hard-charging forward signs with Wranglers

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Cody Purves skates with the Idaho Steelheads. (Courtesy: Idaho Steelheads) Cody Purves skates with the Idaho Steelheads. (Courtesy: Idaho Steelheads)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

If someone frustrates you enough, it's probably best to get him on your side.

That was Las Vegas Wranglers Head Coach and General Manager Mike Madill's thinking in signing forward Cody Purves.

The Wranglers on Friday announced the former Idaho Steelheads alternate captain has signed on with the team for the 2013-14 season.

In addition to the Steelheads, Purves, 5'10" and 185 pounds, appeared with the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League last season, notching three goals and 21 assists during the regular season.

"The reason I wanted to get Cody here was because he was never fun to play against," Madill said. "He makes defensemen pay every time they go back to get a puck, and he gets to the net no matter what's in his way. Cody plays the game very hard and honestly, and he wants to win a championship."

The Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, native collected 43 goals and 74 assists in three seasons with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Nipawin Hawks. He also spent a year at the University of Saskatchewan and played two seasons in Germany.

The revamped Wranglers will kick off their 11th season of hockey Saturday, Oct. 19 at Orleans Arena. For tickets and information, visit www.lasvegaswranglers.com.

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