WICHITA, KS – In their final signing announcement of the week, the Wichita Thunder moved back to the blueline.
Coming back to Wichita for a second season is defenseman Jamie Doornbosch.
“I’m excited to come back to Wichita and get a fresh start,” stated Doornbosch. “I’ve had a really good summer with my training. I’m looking forward to October and to get this year started.”
Doornbosch, 27, was signed by the team on December 10 and scored his first professional goal on December 11. In 40 games with the team last season, he collected 30 points (10G, 20A). He was also called up to Binghamton twice last season, playing in eight games with the Senators.
“Jamie had a solid rookie season for us and his excellent play was rewarded with call-ups on two separate occasions,” commented Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. “He’s solid on the power play, is reliable and a very hard worker. We look forward to seeing him back on the blueline.”
Cameron says Doornbosch has put on 15 pounds of muscle this offseason and his numbers are comparable with Nolan Zajac, whose rights were traded to the Reading Royals on Thursday. On a squad that is not expected to have many returning players from the 2016-17 team, Doornbosch is expected to take on a greater leadership role this season.
Before turning pro, Doornbosch played five seasons with St. Mary’s University in the Atlantic University Sports league, based in Canada. In 133 games, the defenseman scored 17 goals and compiled 67 assists (84 points).
The re-signing of Doornbosch brings the number of announced player signings by the Thunder to 11, second most behind the Fort Wayne Komets and South Carolina Stingrays who have announced 14 player signings.
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