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Unable to find new home, Las Vegas Wranglers fold

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The Las Vegas Wranglers was founded in 2003 as an expansion team to the ECHL. The Las Vegas Wranglers was founded in 2003 as an expansion team to the ECHL.
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The ice has melted for the Las Vegas Wranglers minor league hockey team.

On Friday, the team's owner Gary Jacobs said the Wranglers is “voluntarily withdrawing” membership from the ECHL. Jacobs thanked fans, players and team staff, among others, in an open letter to the team's Facebook page.

Jacobs cited the team's ongoing difficulties finding a new home for the Wranglers after the club's lease at long-time home Orleans Arena expired in 2014. The team elected to stay in Las Vegas and spent much of last year looking for a new home, including mulling a move to the Plaza hotel-casino in downtown. 

Jacobs wrote to fans Friday: 

I want to thank you, our fans, sponsors, media, staff, players and coaches for the support you have displayed for the Las Vegas Wranglers. I enjoyed getting to know many of you. You were certainly a loud crowd voicing your backing for the team, win or lose.

As you know we have been searching for a new home for the Las Vegas Wranglers for the past year. Unfortunately despite a great amount of effort led by Billy Johnson we were unable to secure a new facility.

At the ECHL mid-season meeting I informed the commissioner that we were voluntarily withdrawing from membership in the ECHL. Thus the reign of the Las Vegas Wranglers comes to an end.

Thank you all once again for your tremendous support over the years.

The team came into the ECHL in 2003. After the 2013-2014 season, the Wranglers suspended operations for the following season while team executives searched for a new venue.

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