The Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL announced today that the team will wear black throwback jerseys for New Year’s Day’s Indoor Winter Classic against the Ontario Reign. The jerseys will feature an Indoor Winter Classic logo patch and will be auctioned to the public.
“As one of the Original Four, we thought this would be another terrific way to celebrate our tenth season in Las Vegas,” said Wranglers President and Chief Operating Officer Billy Johnson. “The Indoor Winter Classic is quite a celebration of professional hockey for us and the three other originals, plus Ontario.”
The Wranglers – along with the Bakersfield Condors, Idaho Steelheads and Alaska Aces – are one of the original four western teams when the ECHL expanded in 2003.
The team also announced t-shirts and hoodies featuring the Indoor Winter Classic logo are available online at www.lasvegaswranglers.com/shop beginning January 2, and will be available at the Indoor Winter Classic at the Orleans Arena on January 1.
“We believe hockey fans will want to wear clothing that commemorates the first outdoor game ever played inside,” said Johnson. “There can be only so many firsts of anything, really, and this is one of those.”
T-shirts and hoodies are a dark ash color and feature the Indoor Winter Classic logo on the chest.
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.
Additional promotional dates in 2013 include a concert by legendary alt-country singer/songwriter Todd Snider on February 1, Over 18 Night: The World’s First Topless Hockey Game on February 4, and the third annual Regrettable Tattoo Night on March 23.