The Las Vegas Wranglers announced today that defenseman Bretton Stamler and forward Joe Schiller have both agreed to terms with the team and will be returning to Las Vegas for the upcoming season.
Stamler, 25, was a late addition to the Wranglers roster last season after finishing four years (2008-12) at the University of New Brunswick. Named an alternate captain his senior year, the 6’1’’, 207-pound defenseman collected 61 points (18 goals, 43 assists) in 111 games before coming to Las Vegas. With the Wranglers, Stamler appeared in one regular-season game and 11 playoff games. In 2005, the Edmonton, Alberta native was a seventh round NHL draft pick by the Detroit Red Wings.
“Stamler’s time at the end of last season left quite an impression with (Wranglers assistant coach) Rob Pallin and myself,” said Wranglers Head Coach and General Manager Ryan Mougenel. “His commitment to the game and teammates was amazing. He’s a high quality character, exactly the type of athlete we want in Las Vegas.”
Schiller, 24, came to the Wranglers from Minnesota State University, Mankato. In four seasons (2008-12), the Detroit Lakes, Minn. native took the ice as both a forward and defenseman, tallying 31 points (8 goals, 23 assists) in 109 games. The 6’1’’, 185-pound forward picked up an assist in eight games with the Wranglers last season.
“Schiller is a player that can play both forward and defense,” said Mougenel. “We look forward to having his versatility in our lineup.”
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.