Published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 | 11:29 a.m.
Updated Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009 | 5:03 p.m.
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The San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League assigned center Justin Bernhardt to the Las Vegas Wranglers Wednesday.
The 21-year-old Yorkton, Saskatchewan, native will fill the void at center left by Chris Neiszner's call-up to Austin.
In six seasons in the Western Hockey League, Bernhardt accumulated 242 points in 307 games with Regina, Kelowna and Prince Albert. Last season Bernhardt scored a team high 35 goals with 57 assists for the Prince Albert Raiders.
Berhardt has appeared in three games with the Rampage this season, picking up five penalty minutes and zero points.
Bernhardt will join the Wranglers for the three-game home stand against the Alaska Aces this weekend, which starts at 7:05 p.m. Thursday.
Gassed: An apparent acid spill near the loading dock of the Orleans Arena Wednesday morning filled the area with toxic fumes that forced the Wranglers to cancel practice this morning. Wranglers staffers were also prevented from entering their offices. The team hopes to return to the ice later in the day.
Rotating roster: The ECHL suspended Alaska forwards Chris Morehouse and Lance Galbraith for actions against Victoria on Monday. Morehouse will miss Thursday's game while Galbraith will miss the the entire series with the Wranglers this weekend.
The Aces also activated forwarded Brett Hemingway off the injured reserve Wednesday, while placing defenseman B.J. Crum on the three-day IR.
Also on Wednesday, the Wranglers activated forward Jeff Hazelwood off the IR and placed forward Greg Collins on the seven-day IR.
The Orleans Arena, a Boyd Gaming facility located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, is one of the nation’s leading mid-sized arenas, and was recently ranked No. 1 in the United States and No. 5 internationally among venues of similar size by Venues Today Magazine.
The Arena hosts more than 200 events each year, including concerts by top names like Carrie Underwood, Daughtry, Van Halen, Brooks & Dunn, Black Eyed Peas, Akon and Rihanna; family favorites like The Harlem Globetrotters and Circus Spectacular; and a wide variety of sporting events, including NCAA basketball tournaments, the West Coast Conference and Western Athletic Conference Basketball Championships, mixed martial arts with Superior Cage Combat, and major motorsports events.
The arena serves as home to the Las Vegas Wranglers professional ECHL hockey team, the Las Vegas Legends professional indoor soccer team, and the Lingerie Football League’s Las Vegas Sin. Stay connected to the Orleans Arena on Facebook (www.facebook.com/orleansarena) and on Twitter (@orleansarena).
Steve Silver can be reached at 948-7822 or [email protected].