(Las Vegas, KXNT)- The chances of the Las Vegas Wranglers Hockey team staying in town is strong, that’s the prediction of president Billy Johnson who says he is 100% confident the team will find a new arena to call home.

Johnson had been working under a strict time limit to find a new arena after the Orleans Arena decided to not pursue any more seasons with the hockey team.  The Wranglers had called the Orleans home since 2003.  They will now only finish out their current season there.

On Wednesday, the ECHL gave the Wranglers a two week extension to enter into a memorandum of understanding with a new arena.  Johnson says they have 3 viable options, though he is still tight-lipped on which arenas are in the running.

“I can’t tell you that now.  We have a number of talks going on at the moment and it wouldn’t be fair for everyone to get that out in the public.  We are going to hold on to that just a little bit longer until we explore everything fully,” said Johnson.

However, Johnson is firm on choosing a location that sees a long-term future with the team.

“We’re not going to do anything just for one season.  We want to save the team and save it once…forever….that’s the plan.  Some of the options may be a short- term option that leads to a long-term option.  Others may be a long-term option right out of the gate, but all of them lead to a long-term vision,” explained Johnson.

A memorandum of understanding needs to be signed with the new arena by February 5, 2014.


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