EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Midway through the extended offseason, the Evansville Thunderbolts are in need of a new general manager. General Manager Patrick Kelly has announced his resignation.

“It’s a bit of a blow considering that he put us all together,” said Thunderbolts Public Relations and Marketing Manager Joe Downs. “However, he put this team together for the long haul and we’ve got the pieces in place for the next GM.”

With Kelly’s departure, the Thunderbolts, led by team president Scott Schoenike, now begins the search for a new general manager. It comes on the heels of a promising season for Evansville, going 15-4-3 on home ice and accumulating 57 points in the SPHL standings. When the remainder of the season was canceled due to COVID-19, the Thunderbolts were in fifth place, a vast improvement over finishing in last place the season before. A large part of that success was the play of Austin Plevy and his 65-point season along with Derek Sutliffe and Matthew Barnaby each exceeding the 30-point mark. That offensive play was supplemented by a steady goalie combo of Brian Billett and Braden Ostepchuk with 2.93 and 3.18 goals against averages, respectively. Plevy, Billett, Barnaby, and Sutliffe were placed on Evansville’s protected listed following the season.

That has trickled down to result in a strong level of optimism in Evansville.

“The office has been extremely upbeat, coming off a promising, if abbreviated, season,” Downs said. “We’re of course, not physically in the office. However, with all the various technologies available to us, our tight-knit staff have been working on season ticket sales and promotions, all in advance of the coming season.”

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