The Las Vegas Wranglers announced today that center Eric Lampe and left wing Adam Huxley have both agreed to terms with the team and will be returning for the upcoming season.
Lampe, 26, recorded 67 points with the Wranglers last year, and his 37 goals set a new club record for most goals in a single season. After putting up nine points, including a hat trick, across three games, the 5-foot-11, 172-pound center was named both ECHL Player of the Week and Player of the month at the end of last October. His success with Las Vegas earned him two American Hockey League call-ups, and the Madison, Wisc. native secured two goals with the Hamilton Bulldogs and an assist with the Lake Erie Monsters in 2011-12. Before turning pro, Lampe spent four years (2006-10) at Quinnipiac University, where he amassed 102 points (47 goals, 55 assists) in 150 games.
“Eric is coming off a huge year statistically, and I think he matured a ton as a player last year and made huge gains,” said Wranglers Head Coach and General Manager Ryan Mougenel. “His speed creates an offensive gap that backs other teams off, and he’s got a nose for the net, which was obvious last season. He’s a great teammate and the other guys enjoy having him around.”
Huxley, 28, collected 10 points (8 goals, 2 assists) and 179 penalty minutes in 53 games with Las Vegas last season after starting the year with the Idaho Steelheads. The 6-foot, 201-pound left winger previously played for the Wranglers in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, and tallied 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists) and 299 penalty minutes in 57 games. An ECHL veteran with 431 games played since 2003, Huxley has donned jerseys for the Alaska Aces, Stockton Thunder, Steelheads and now-defunct Victoria Salmon Kings. The Wainwright, Alberta native has also appeared in the AHL, joining the Springfield Falcons for five games in 2008-09 and recording an assist in 18 games with the Chicago Wolves in 2010-11.
“Adam brought something to the team that we needed last year, and he was a big reason for our playoff success,” said Mougenel. “Besides the physical element he brings, he also provides an offensive spark, which at times is underappreciated, and I look forward to his leadership.”
The Wranglers face the Stockton Thunder in the team’s home opening weekend on Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7:05 p.m. The team’s home preseason game against the Ontario Reign takes place next week on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:05 p.m.
Header image photos by Greg McFalls