WICHITA, KS – With their latest signing, head coach Malcolm Cameron and the Wichita Thunder turned the focus back to the offensive side of the puck. This afternoon, the team announced former Orlando Solar Bears forward Jack Rodewald has agreed to a contract for the coming season.
“Jack possesses great speed, reach and a nose for the net for a big player,” commented Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. “I coached him for a few years when I was in Regina, so I know his character and we both felt this was a good fit. He was on an AHL deal last season with the Marlies and should continue to develop.”
Rodewald will attend Ottawa Senators Rookie Camp, which begins later this week.
Rodewald, 22, begins his second full season as a pro after playing last year for the Orlando Solar Bears. In 62 games, the native of Winnipeg, Manitoba recorded 47 points (18g, 29a) and also appeared in seven games for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.
“I’m very excited to join the Thunder this year and get the opportunity to work with Malcolm again,” said Rodewald. “His ability to create a winning hockey team, get players to the next level speak for itself and can’t wait to get started.”
Prior to turning pro, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound forward played under Coach Cameron when he was a member of the WHL’s Regina Pats in 2011-12 and 2012-13. His best season in the junior ranks came in 2014-15 when he piled up 85 points (35g, 50a) in 71 games. He finished with 166 points (76g, 90a) in 255 career games in the WHL.
Rodewald will attend his third NHL camp in the last three seasons. He attended the Buffalo Sabres camp two years ago and was invited to the Toronto Maple Leafs camp this past season.
Here is a goal Rodewald scored for the Leafs during an exhibition game last year against the Pittsburgh Penguins:
Here is a compliation of Rodewald’s work since turning pro:
The Thunder roster for training camp sits at 17 players, with a few more players yet to be announced. Cameron has said the total camp roster will be between 22 and 24 players.
If you’ve missed it, here is a breakdown of the players announced by position so far:
Forwards – Ian Lowe, Louick Marcotte, Alexis Loiseau, Mitch Holmberg, Gerrad Grant, Vincent Arseneau, Matt Deblouw, Blake Tatchell, Ryan Tesink, Brad Cuzner, Jack Rodewald
Defensemen – Landon Oslanski, Dalton Reum, James Melindy, Greg Amlong, Alexis Vanier
Goalies – Drew Owsley
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