WICHITA, KS – Wichita’s defense was the worst in the ECHL during the 2016-17 season, allowing an average of 3.86 goals per game.
With their latest signing, the team continued to address the need to rebuild the defense, signing Justin Hamonic to a contract on Friday. Hamonic is the second defensive player signed this week, joining Etienne Boutet, whose signing was announced on Wednesday.
“I’m looking forward to helping the Wichita Thunder be a successful team as well as further developing myself as a player,” said Hamonic. “I’ve heard great things about the organization, facilities, fans, and the city of Wichita and can’t wait to get down there, meet my teammates and start this season.”
Hamonic joins the Thunder after playing 41 games combined between the San Antonio Rampage (AHL) and Colorado Eagles (ECHL) this past season. In those games, he registered two assists and was a -11.
Hamonic is familiar with the ECHL game, having played 54 games with the Fort Wayne Komets & Alaska Aces prior to joining the Eagles, where he registered eight points (1G, 7A) and was a +10.
People who have watched Hamonic through out his career describe him as a stay-at-home defenseman who blocks shots, plays on the penalty kill, and is positionally sound.
In addition, Hamonic is expected to bring some leadership to the Thunder blueline, having served as a Captain during his time in the Western Hockey League with the Tri-City Americans. Also during his time in the WHL, he played in 227 consecutive games.
“Justin is a big solid stay at home defensemen with solid leadership qualities,” commented Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. “He’s been a captain and we expect him to bring these experiences into our locker room this year. We are very excited to have Justin in a Thunder jersey.”
Hamonic and Boutet join Dyson Stevenson, Matt DeBlouw, Jeremy Beaudry, and Travis Ewanyk as the group that has been announced by the team.
For the latest list of player signings across the ECHL, visit our 2017 ECHL Transactions page!