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Krischuk returning to Las Vegas

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Special to the Sun / Stephen R. Sylvanie

Jason Krischuk focuses on the puck during a game at the Orleans Arena in 2007. The former Las Vegas defenseman is returning to the Wranglers after a year in Sweden.

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Former Las Vegas Wranglers defenseman Jason Krischuk, seen here celebrating a goal at the Orleans Arena in 2007, is returning to his former team to play under new head coach Ryan Mougenel this season.

Jason Krischuk is a Wrangler once again.

The Las Vegas Wranglers agreed to terms with the 29-year-old defenseman on Friday.

"Jason is an elite player at this level and he is someone we will rely on heavily to be a leader," said Wranglers head coach and general manager Ryan Mougenel. "More importantly he's had success in this league and he will help this team have success too."

Krischuk, an Anchorage native who played at Colorado College and Nebraska-Omaha, spent two prior seasons with the Wranglers.

In the 2006-07 season, Krischuk posted 21 points in 61 games to earn a spot on the 2007 National Conference All-Star squad.

The following year Krischuk notched 35 points and 78 penalty minutes in 68 games. In the 2008 playoffs he recorded another 12 points in 21 games.

Last season Krischuk split time between the Corpus Christi Icerayz of the CHL and the Asploven Hockey Club in Sweden.

The Wranglers open training camp on Oct. 1 and kickoff the regular season on Oct. 16 against the Utah Grizzlies at 7:05 p.m. at the Orleans Arena.

Steve Silver can be reached at 948-7822 or [email protected] Steve will appear on the Heatwave Sports show on Fox Sports Radio 920 AM Sunday at 11 p.m.

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