WICHITA, KS – The Wichita Thunder moved to the blueline in their latest player signing announcement.
The team announced they have signed former Idaho Steelheads defenseman Etienne Boutet to a contract for next season.
Boutet, 25, returns to pro hockey after spending the last three and a half seasons playing for McGill University (CIS). A native of St-Redempteur, Quebec, the 6-foot-1, 194-pound blueliner recorded 33 points (6g, 27a) in 71 games at McGill and also served as an alternate captain during his senior year. He was selected to represent Team Canada this past February and helped them collect a bronze medal in Universiade Men’s hockey at the International University Sports Federation Tournament.
“I have been waiting for this day for the past four years and I am very excited to start this new chapter with the Wichita Thunder,” said Boutet. “I’ve heard great stuff about this organization and I’m very happy to be a part of it.”
He turned pro in 2013-14, signing with the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars after completing his fifth season of junior hockey in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He attended Dallas Stars rookie development camp and played for the Stars in the 2013 NHL Prospects Tournament. Boutet was assigned to the Idaho Steelheads and played in 25 games, tallying nine points (2g, 7a). In January 2014, he left the Texas Stars to return to school and finish his degree.
“Etienne is a rock-solid defensemen that is a hard hitter, great leader and can provide offense from the back-end,” stated Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. “We’re very happy to have him join us this season and look forward to great things.”
During his junior career, he played in 289 QMJHL games for Rouyn-Noranda, Rimouski and Gatineau and amassed 113 career points (28g, 85a) and 299 penalty minutes. He had a career-best 44 points (12g, 32a) in 64 games in 2012-13.
Boutet joins Dyson Stevenson, Matt DeBlouw, Jeremy Beaudry and Travis Ewanyk as the players who have signed contracts for the 2017-18 season.
For the latest list of player signings across the ECHL, visit our 2017 ECHL Transactions page!