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Wranglers hope for boost from 2 new forwards

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John Armstrong (Courtesy: Kalamazoo Wings) John Armstrong (Courtesy: Kalamazoo Wings)
Phillip Ischi (Courtesy: Allen Picard) Phillip Ischi (Courtesy: Allen Picard)

The Las Vegas Wranglers on Tuesday announced they have added two new forwards to the roster following a long road trip.

John Armstrong, 25, was acquired by way of a trade with the Kalamazoo Wings. The Wings received future considerations.

Armstrong, 6'3" and 210 pounds, has appeared in 177 games in the American Hockey League, notching 16 goals and 28 assists over four seasons with the Abbotsford Heat and Quad City Flames. He was a third round draft pick by the NHL's Calgary Flames in 2006.

"John is a player with a bunch of experience. He's played a lot of games at a very high level, and he's a big body who plays hard and can score goals," Wranglers head coach and general manager Mike Madill said.

Phillip Ischi, 27, returns to the Wranglers for his third stint. The 5'10", 181-pound forward appeared with Las Vegas in 2010-11 and 2011-12, picking up two assists. He additionally has played in Europe, spending four seasons in Switzerland.

"Phillip is a very hungry player, a guy who brings a lot of energy and speed. He finishes every hit, and that drive is what we need," Madill said.

The Wranglers return to Orleans Area after five weeks of road games on Friday, Dec. 6 to face the Bakersfield Condors at 7:05 p.m. The Smithereens will perform a post-game concert.

Fans are encouraged to bring stuffed animals to Orleans Arena for the Wranglers' tilt with the San Francisco Bulls on Sunday. The game gets started at 2:05 p.m. The annual Teddy Bear Toss will benefit Sunrise Acres Elementary School.

For tickets and more information, visit www.lasvegaswranglers.com.

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