By Rob Miech
Las Vegas Sun
Returning an inquiry about the Las Vegas Wranglers’ slick new bus, team founder and majority owner Charles Davenport promptly rang one afternoon last week.
“I’m riding on it right now,” he said as the revamped 1998 Prevost luxury liner pulled into Phoenix. “This past weekend is a perfect example of why we did it.”
After playing the Phoenix RoadRunners at the Orleans Arena on Nov. 10, the Wranglers hit the highway for games in Bakersfield and Long Beach in California and in Phoenix – 800 miles in four days.
“I’m trying to keep the team healthy,” Davenport said. “We’re pretty banged up this season, but it helps when they can sleep on the bus rather than riding on a passenger bus all night. Anything to help the team. Everything we do, we want to be the best.”
Wranglers players can dream about hockey beyond the ECHL in a cruiser fit for the National Hockey League while watching any NHL game, anytime, courtesy of the conspicuous, roof-top satellite dish.
Goalie Mike McKenna said the players have already placed small wagers on when they might get tired of watching NHL games – on either of the large plasma screens in the front and back, or several smaller side screens – this season.
“I don’t think we will,” he said.
Davenport got the idea about upgrading his team’s ground transportation from Phoenix chief operating officer Ray Delia, and the Wranglers and RoadRunners now travel in similar style.