By Rob Miech
Las Vegas Sun
LAS VEGAS – When the Las Vegas Wranglers were knocked out of the Kelly Cup playoffs, Charles Davenport IV suffered – for five months. Only the start of training camp began to exorcise the demons.
“It’s emotional. It takes a whole summer,” he says. “Over the last couple of weeks, I finally stopped thinking about the Alaska series.”
Davenport isn’t a young defenseman, veteran equipment manager or rabid season-ticket holder.
The 38-year-old San Diego businessman is the founder and majority owner of the Las Vegas hockey franchise. He attended all but two of the Wranglers’ 13 playoff games in April and May. Davenport has continued to follow the Wranglers on the road this season, and he’ll watch them open their home schedule tonight at the Orleans Arena against the Victoria Salmon Kings.
In its fourth season, the team is on the cusp of turning its first significant profit, Davenport says, and he’s committed to bringing a championship to Las Vegas.
“I never could have envisioned that people would embrace it this much and this passionately,” he says.