WICHITA, KS – The Wichita Thunder announced today the signing of forward Tommy Veilleux to the roster for the 2016-17 season.
“Tommy is an agitating type of player that is physical and relentless,” stated Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. “We wanted young players that were aggressive and Tommy fits that bill. I’m excited to see him in camp and during this season.”
Veilleux, 21, will begin his pro career after playing the last four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Victoriaville Tigres and Gatineau Olympiques. In 198 career games in the QMJHL, the 6-foot, 203-pounder racked up 410 penalty minutes to go along with 78 points (35g, 43a). His best season came in 2012-13 as a member of Victoriaville when he posted 28 points (11g, 17a) and 129 penalty minutes in 66 games.
“I’m really happy to come to Wichita and very glad for the opportunity to play for Malcolm,” said Veilleux. “I’m going to play hard for my team, my teammates, the fans and hope to improve my game.”
A native of St-Odilon, Quebec, Veilleux was a sixth round draft pick (#171) of the Nashville Predators in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Last season, he started with Gatineau before finishing the year with the Quebec Junior AAA Hockey League’s Terrebonne Cobras where he had 64 points (25g, 39a) and 116 penalty minutes.
The Thunder roster for training camp sits at 18 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, Tommy Veilleux
Defensemen – Landon Oslanski, Dalton Reum, James Melindy, Greg Amlong, Alexis Vanier
Goalies – Drew Owsley
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