October 4, 2007 - ECHL (ECHL) - Las Vegas Wranglers
Las Vegas, NV- The Las Vegas Wranglers┬« announced that the team has agreed to terms with veteran forwards Peter and Chris Ferraro. Per club policy, terms of the deals are not disclosed.
"The Ferraro brothers are a big addition to our hockey team and they should be two of the premier players in the ECHL this season," said Wranglers General Manager / Head Coach Glen Gulutzan. "They both have a lot of speed and play making ability. Their credentials speak for themselves. They both have NHL experience, championships and awards. We expect them to be leaders on the ice and in the locker room."
The Ferraro twins made NHL history in 1995 when they became the first identical twins to play for the same team. In 1992 the New York Rangers selected the twins in the first (Peter) and fourth (Chris) rounds of the NHL Entry Draft. In 1995 the twins made their NHL debuts with the Rangers. The Port Jefferson, NY natives won a NCAA Championship in 1993 playing alongside Paul Kariya at the University of Maine. In all, Chris and Peter combined for 168 games of NHL experience with the New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders and Washington Capitals. The Ferraro twins have been teammates with NHL greats Wayne Gretzky, Ray Bourque, Jaromir Jagr, Mark Messier and Brian Leetch. Together they have combined for over 1,500 career games, 500 plus goals, more than 1,200 points and nearly 2,700 penalty minutes. During their 13-year careers, the twins have played on the same team in nine of those seasons.
Peter was drafted by the New York Rangers with the 24th overall pick in the first round of the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Peter has 92 games of NHL experience with the Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals. Ferraro scored nine NHL goals and added 15 assists for 24 points. The right winger has played in 826 career games, with over 620 games of American Hockey League experience. For his career, Peter has 290 goals and 394 assists for 684 points. The veteran forward also has over 1,233 career penalty minutes. Peter\'s best season came in 1995-96, as the New Yorker tallied 48 goals and dished out 53 assists for 101 points in 68 games to lead the AHL\'s Binghamton Rangers in scoring. He has two championships rings, one with University of Maine and the other with the 1998-99 Providence Bruins. He played with former Wranglers captain Jason McBain as the Bruins won the Calder Cup. Peter was awarded the playoff MVP Award (Jack A. Butterfield Trophy). Peter has eight 20-goal seasons under his belt. Last season, Peter posted 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points in 49 games between the AHL\'s Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the Peoria Rivermen.
Chris was drafted by the New York Rangers in the fourth round (#85 overall) in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. Chris has 76 games of NHL experience with the Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders and Washington Capitals. Ferraro scored seven goals and added nine assists for 16 career NHL points. For his career, Chris has played in 719 career games, with 507 games in the AHL. The center has 222 career goals and 354 assists for 576 career points, while racking up 1,233 penalty minutes. Chris\' best season professionally came in 1995-96 in Binghamton. Chris finished second on the team in scoring with 32 goals and 67 assists for 99 points, backed up by 208 penalty minutes. Chris won the IHL\'s Turner Cup with the Chicago Wolves in 1999-2000, winning his first pro championship just one year after his brother won his. In 2003, Ferraro was awarded the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award for sportsmanship and perseverance. Chris has four 20-goal seasons, including a career-high 35 with the 1998-99 Hamilton Bulldogs. Ferraro played three games with the ECHL\'s Phoenix RoadRunners last season, scoring two goals and adding an assist. Chris was recalled to the AHL\'s San Antonio Rampage, where he played in 49 games, scoring ten goals and adding 26 assists for 36 points.
The Wranglers are expected to announce the 2007-08 training camp roster this Friday.
Individual game tickets are now on sale. Fans may purchase tickets on the Wranglers team website at www.lasvegaswranglers.com or the Orleans Arena website (www.orleansarena.com). Fans may also purchase tickets at any of the following locations in the valley: Galleria Mall, Orleans Casino showroom box office, Gold Coast Casino showroom box office and the Suncoast Casino showroom box office. Tickets may be ordered by phone at (702)-284-7777.
The Wranglers play all 36 home games at the Orleans Arena, located at the Orleans Hotel and Casino at 4500 W. Tropicana Avenue. Las Vegas will host Opening Night on Sunday, October 21st at 7:05 pm at the Orleans Arena. The Wranglers will host the Bakersfield Condors at 7:05 pm on Thursday, October 11th in a preseason game. Seat packages to see the Wranglers play at the Orleans Arena for the upcoming 2007-08 season are on sale now, starting as low as $157 per seat. Call (702) 471-PUCK (7825) for more information or visit www.lasvegaswranglers.com.