The Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL revealed today the Indoor Winter Classic trophy that will be presented to the winner of their game against the Ontario Reign on Tuesday, Jan. 1, at 2:05 p.m. at Orleans Arena.
“The trophy arrived early Sunday morning,” Wranglers President and Chief Operating Officer Billy Johnson said. “No one on our team went near it, which – if tradition is to be believed – tells me they really want to win it.”
The trophy features a base that displays an Indoor Winter Classic logo, and three columns support an upper shelf that features two U.S. dollar signs that flank a glittery-scarf-wearing bobble head doll of the team’s mascot, The Duke. The entire award is wrapped in a chain that is padlocked in the front. A team representative said that the entire trophy came in at under $29.
The Wranglers will wear black throwback jerseys for the New Year’s Day game against the Reign, and feature an Indoor Winter Classic embroidered logo patch that will be auctioned to the public. Two days in advance of the game, weather forecasts call for a very good chance of snow in Orleans Arena on Jan. 1.
Dark-ash colored t-shirts and hoodies featuring the Indoor Winter Classic logo will be available at the Indoor Winter Classic on Jan. 1, and will be available online at www.lasvegaswranglers.com/shop beginning Jan. 2.
Fans will be allowed to skate with the Wranglers following the Indoor Winter Classic, and rental skates will be provided at no additional charge.
In previous seasons the Wranglers have presented Dick Cheney Hunting Vest Night, Rod Blagojevich Prison Uniform Night, and Rapture Night: The Last Hockey Game on Earth. The Wranglers have also played at least one game at midnight since its inception in 2003, and hosted such performers as Mini Kiss and Tony Clifton at games.