WICHITA, KS – For the second straight day, the Wichita Thunder are announcing a roster move geared for next year’s team.
Tuesday, the team announced they signed goaltender Drew Owsley to a contract. The 25-year-old rookie begins his professional career after playing the last four seasons for St. Francis Xavier University. A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound goaltender was named to the Atlantic University Conference Second Team All-Star two years in a row. He went 16-8-0 in 24 starts this past season, sporting a 2.54 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. During the postseason, he was stellar, backstopping the X-Men to a silver medal at the CIS University Cup.
“Drew has been a winner everywhere he’s played,” said Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. “I saw him first-hand in the WHL and knowing his university coach and people in that league say nothing has changed. We look toward to having drew in a Thunder jersey this season.”
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to play in Wichita and to play for a very well respected coach in Malcolm,” commented Owsley. “I’m a guy that’s going to compete every night and try and give my team a chance to win.”
With Owsley’s signing announcement this afternoon, that brings the total number of player signings to eight for next season. Team officials tell The Sin Bin a third player announcement is expected later in the week.
Also on today, the Thunder announced a date and time change to their game against the Atlanta Gladiators in October. The two teams will now play at 9:05 a.m. CDT on Thursday, October 27th. Wichita was originally scheduled to play Atlanta at 6:05 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, October 26th.
This will be the first-ever meeting between the two franchises.
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.