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Amarillo Wranglers
City: Amarillo, Texas
League: Central Hockey League
Operated: 1968–1969, 1970–1971
Home Arena: Amarillo Civic Center
Colors: Columbia Blue, Navy Blue and White
Owner(s): Jack McGregor
General Manager: Jack Button
Head Coach: Rudy Migay
Affiliates: Pittsburgh Penguins

The Amarillo Wranglers served as a farm team to the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. Based in Amarillo, Texas, the Wranglers were members of the Central Hockey League (CHL).

The franchise was founded by Jack McGregor, who was also founder of the Penguins. McGregor served as the Wranglers' team president. McGregor and the Penguins tried twice to bring hockey to Amarillo, both times found it too costly, due to poor attendance.[1]

The Wranglers participated in the 1968-69 season, then suspended operations.[2] They then returned to the CHL for the 1970-71 season, but permanently ceased operations after that season.[1]

Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Central Hockey League
Season GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
1968–69 72 29 32 11 69 238 252 1209 4th Out of playoffs
1970–71 72 14 47 11 39 216 329 1219 7th Out of playoffs

Amarillo Wranglers all-time roster

Name Position Years played
Norman Andrighetti Center 1968–69
Paul Andrea Right Wing 1968–69
Terry Ball Defense 1970–71
Jim Bannatyne Forward 1968-69
Doug Barrie Defense 1968–69
Larry Bignell Defense 1970–71
Larry Billows Left Wing 1968–69,1970–71
Bob Birdsill Right Wing 1970–71
Buddy Blom Goaltender 1968–69
Dale Blomquist Left Wing 1968–69
Jim Boyd Center 1970–71
Robin Burns Left Wing 1970–71
Steve Cardwell Left Wing 1970–71
Dwight Carruthers Defense 1968–69
Al Cecile Goaltender 1970–71
Len Cunning 1970–71
Norm Descoteux Defense 1968–69
Marv Edwards Goaltender 1968–69
Bob Fitchner Left Wing 1970–71
Conley Forey Left Wing 1970–71
André Gaudette Center 1968–69
Bob Heaney Defense 1970–71
Paul Hoganson Goaltender 1970–71
Michel Jacques Forward 1968–69
Lou Jankowski Left Wing 1968–69
Al Johnstone Goaltender 1970–71
Sheldon Kannegiesser Defense 1970–71

Name Position Years played
Rick Kessell Center 1970–71
Yvon Labre Defense 1970–71
Jean-Guy Lagace Defense 1968–69,1970–71
Ted Lanyon Defense 1968–69
Bill LeCaine Left Wing 1968–69
Paul Lessard Forward 1968–69
Clare Lomheim Right Wing 1970–71
Dick Mattiussi Defense 1968–69
Elgin McCann Forward 1968–69
Cam Newton Goaltender 1970–71
Rusty Patenaude Right Wing 1970–71
Jim Pearson Defense 1970–71
Nick Polano Defense 1968–69
Jim Pritchard Defense 1970–71
Ron Racette 1968–69
Marty Reynolds Forward 1968–69
Danny Sharpe Defense 1968–69
Jim Shires Left Wing 1968–69
Dave Simpson Defense 1968-69
Jim Pearson Defense 1968–69,1970–71
Bob Smith Forward 1968–69
Ron Snell Right Wing 1968–69,1970–71
Bill Speer Defense 1968–69
John Stewart Left Wing 1970–71
Garry Swain Center 1968–69,1970–71
Bob Toothill 1970–71
Rod Zaine Center 1970–71

Trainer - Jim McKenzie


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Amarillo quits Central League", 1971-05-25, p. 34. 
  2. "Penguins deserting Amarillo", 1969-05-16, p. 32. 

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