Central Hockey League (1968-1969 & 1970-1971)
Died: May 1969 – The Wranglers cease operations.
Arena: Amarillo Civic Center
- 1968-69: Pittsburgh Penguins / Jack McGregor
- 1970-71: Pittsburgh Penguins
The Amarillo Wranglers were a short-lived minor league farm club of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. The organizer of the original Wranglers and the club’s absentee President was Penguins founder Jack McGregor, a 34-year old Republican state senator from Pennsylvania. The Wranglers played one losing season in the Central Hockey League in the winter of 1968-69, lost money, and went out of business in May 1969.
Weirdly, after one winter away, the Penguins returned to the Amarillo Civic Center (under different ownership)to give it another shot in 1970. These Wranglers were ever worse than the prior version, finishing last (by a huge margin) in the 7-team CHL with a record of 14-47-11. Once again, the Pens pulled up stakes after just one year, shuttering their Amarillo operation for good in May 1971 and moving their top prospects to the more sensible zip code of Hershey, Pennsylvania.
In 1975, a third edition of the Amarillo Wranglers competed in the obscure Southwestern Hockey League. These Wranglers had no connection to the Penguins or any other NHL parent club. As tradition demanded, this version of the Wranglers also lasted for one season and then vanished.
==Amarillo Wranglers Programs on Fun While It Lasted==