WICHITA, KS – With their latest signing announcement, the Wichita Thunder have added a big-bodied forward to their corps on Monday.

Joining the team’s training camp roster is rookie forward Shaq Merasty, a native of Thompson, Manitoba.

The 26-year-old 6-foot-5 forward joins the Thunder after spending the last three seasons playing for the University of Manitoba (CIS). There, he recorded 74 points (33g, 74a) in 82 games for the Bisons. His best year came during the 2015-16 campaign when he tallied 14 goals and 30 points in 28 games.

“Shaq is a big body that has shown a real nose for the net,” stated Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. “He possesses a quick release and with his large frame, he’s tough to move in front of the net.”

Prior to heading to Canadian university, the 220-pound forward attended Adrian College (NCAA DIII) and was named the USCHO D-III Rookie of the Year Award. Described as a natural goal scorer, Merasty helped Adrian win its sixth consecutive MCHA title in 2012-13. He was tield for 10th in the nation in overall scoring with 38 points (22g, 16a) in 28 games. Merasty finished tied for seventh in the country in power play goals with eight and tied for third nationally in game-winning goals with five.

“I’m very excited to be coming to the Thunder,” commented Merasty. “Coach and I have had a few good phone conversations and the fit just seemed right. I’m excited to be making the jump to pro hockey and I feel like I grew more mature as a player every year I spent playing University in Canada.”

Merasty becomes the 14th player signing announced by the Thunder this offseason, with another announcement expected later in the week.

For the latest list of player signings across the ECHL, visit our 2017 ECHL Transactions page!

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