Monday, February 8, 2010

Wranglers send Matt Kang to Johnstown Chiefs

Las Vegas to receive future compensation for 21-year-old forward

By Anthony Fenech

Monday, Feb. 8, 2010 | 6:25 p.m.

The Las Vegas Wranglers have traded forward Matt Kang to the Johnstown Chiefs of the ECHL American Conference for future considerations.

"We just think he's a young guy that needs a chance," Chiefs interim head coach and owner Neil Smith said.

The 21-year-old Kang tallied five points in 24 games this season for the Wranglers.

"This league is all about giving people chances," Smith said. "We think he has a chance to blossom here."

Kang is a first-year professional who played parts of six seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with three teams.

Smith, formerly general manager of the New York Rangers for 11 years, noted Kang's quick hands and offensive skills as traits that enticed the Chiefs to acquire him.

Kang is a former teammate of current Chiefs goaltender John Murray. The two played together for the OHL's Kingston Frontenacs during the 2007-08 season.

"We're expecting a guy that's excited for a fresh start that will inject our lineup with his character and enthusiasm," Chiefs general manager Bill Bredin said.

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