WICHITA, KS – Wichita Thunder head coach Malcolm Cameron added some size to the blueline on Thursday, signing 2014 San Jose Sharks fourth round pick Alexis Vanier to a contract for the coming season.

“Alex is a big bodied defenseman that can really shoot the puck,” Cameron said. “He’s coming off a great final season of junior and we look toward to him carrying it over to the Thunder this season.”

Photo Courtesy: Charlottestown Islanders
Defenseman Alexis Vanier signed with the Wichita Thunder Thursday afternoon. Photo Courtesy: Charlottestown Islanders

The 20-year-old rookie is beginning his career in Wichita after spending the last four seasons with Baie-Comeau, Sherbrooke, Blainville-Boisbriand and Charlottetown of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 233 career games, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defenseman collected 96 points (30g, 66a) to go along with 224 penalty minutes. His best season came in 2013-14 with Baie-Comeau when he recorded 36 points (15g, 21a) in 61 games.

“I’m very excited to come Wichita,” commented Vanier. “It’s a great opportunity for me to a part of a great organization who can help me in my development. I’m excited to work with Malcolm while also doing my best to help the team get better every night and win.”

He was selected as a QMJHL All-Star in 2013-14 and is known for his physical play to go along with his big shot. Here is a fight he was in during the 2013-14 season:

Here is another video of Vanier’s play:

The Thunder roster for next season is at 15 players with still more players yet to be announced. 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

Defensemen – Landon Oslanski, Dalton Reum, James Melindy, Greg Amlong, Alexis Vanier

Goalies – Drew Owsley

Get a team-by-team breakdown of all the player movement in the ECHL by visiting our transactions page at thesinbin.net/2016-echl-transactions.

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