The Las Vegas Wranglers announced today that defensemen Channing Boe and Cameron Cooper have signed with the team. Boe, returning for his second season, and Cooper will reunite with previously signed Wranglers forward Joe Schiller as all three played hockey together at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Boe, 26, picked up 16 points (3 goals, 13 assists) and 65 penalty minutes in 69 games with the Wranglers last season after playing eight games for the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers in 2010-11. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound blueliner came to the league after four seasons (2007-11) at MSU Mankato, where he notched 25 points (8 goals, 17 assists) and 156 penalty minutes in 131 games as a Maverick. While in college, the Bemidji, Minn. native was also named to the NCAA Western Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic Team for three years in a row (2008-11).
“Channing made huge strides last year,” said Wranglers Head Coach and General Manager Ryan Mougenel. “He’s a big body that makes good decisions on the blue line, and we need him to be an impact player for us to have success this year.”
Cooper, 24, also spent four seasons at MSU Mankato (2008-12), and picked up 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists) and 93 penalty minutes in 111 games. In his last year with the Mavericks, the 6-foot, 205-pound defenseman earned himself the alternate captain title before playing nine games with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. A native of Lakeville, Minn., Cooper was named to the NCAA WCHA All-Academic Team for three years (2009-12) as well.
“Cameron comes highly recommended from his college coaches,” said Mougenel. “I look forward to him developing with our guys out here and proving to be another big body when we need it.”
The Wranglers will face the Stockton Thunder in the team’s 2012-13 home opener on Friday, Oct. 19, at 7:05 p.m. A preseason game against the Ontario Reign takes place on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:05 p.m., and tickets are available by calling the Wranglers front office at (702) 471-PUCK.