WICHITA, Kan. – Days after their best season in half-decade came to a close, the Wichita Thunder have announced a contract extension for head coach Malcolm Cameron.
Terms of the extension were not disclosed.
“We’re happy to have Malcolm back behind the bench again next season,” stated Thunder General Manager Joel T. Lomurno. “Our goal when we hired Malcolm was to get the Thunder back to the playoffs and to bolster our relationship with NHL clubs, both of which we have achieved. I’m confident that he can guide us to another level next year and put together a nice playoff run.”
Cameron led the Thunder back to the postseason for the first time since 2013 and the first time since joining the ECHL. His next game will be the 700th of his ECHL career. This season, he led the Thunder to their most wins (34) and most home victories (22) since 2013 and most since joining the ECHL.
“I look forward to building on our playoff run this past year,” commented Cameron. “I know the experience and disappointment will motivate the returning players. I’m proud that we were able to persevere through some tough times to get back into the postseason and will use this as a foundation in taking the team in a positive direction.”
Cameron hit the ground running after he was hired in May 2016, securing the organization’s first-ever NHL affiliation with the Ottawa Senators during the 2016-17 season. That year, Jack Rodewald started the year in Wichita and moved all the way up to the National Hockey League.
Prior to the start of this season, the Thunder affiliated with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers in 2017-18 and hope to continue that partnership in the future.
“The relationship we’ve built with the Oilers over the past 12 months has been beneficial to our on-ice product, credibility with agents and in recruiting,” said Cameron. “I’m looking forward to further conversation with them regarding extending our agreement. Even though the season just ended, we’ve been evaluating our year-end roster, looking at available free agents and new players that will turn pro next season.”
The Thunder opens their 2018-19 home schedule on Friday, October 12 against the Idaho Steelheads.