WICHITA, KS – We are just hours away from the start of the first training camp under new head coach Malcolm Cameron.
Prior to camp opening, the team announced a pair of signings.
Returning to Wichita is defenseman Martin Nemcik, who appeared in 48 games last season for the Thunder. A native of Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia, the 6-foot-4, 194-pound defenseman collected 11 points (4g, 7a) to go along with 67 penalty minutes in his first season in the ECHL.
Triston Grant, 32, is a ninth draft pick (#286) of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot-1, 212-pound forward out of Neepawa, Manitoba brings a wealth of experience to camp. In 640 American Hockey League games, he has amassed 153 points (73g, 80a) and 1,707 penalty minutes. He has also played in 11 National Hockey League (NHL) games with the Flyers and Nashville Predators.
Today, the team released the full training camp roster, excluding the six players who are attending training camps with AHL clubs and who may be sent down by AHL Binghamton. I caution fans that this will not be the roster the team has on opening night, as opposed to year’s past.
Here is the training camp roster:
Forwards: Gerrad Grant, Matt DeBlouw, Brad Cuzner, Logan Nelson, Ian Lowe, Ryan Tesink, Tommy Veilleux, Mitch Holmberg, Blake Tatchell, Marc Zajic, John Scorcia, John Gustafsson, Chard Brears, Triston Grant, Triston Grant, and Anton Lennartsson.
Defensemen: Dalton Reum, Landon Oslanski, Martin Nemcik, Greg Amlong, and Brad Bourke
Goaltenders: Alex Vazzano and Drew Owsley
In addition, the team released their schedule for training camp, which gets underway tomorrow morning at the Wichita Ice Center. It is as follows:
Saturday, October 1st 9:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Sunday, October 2nd 10 a.m. – Noon
Monday, October 3rd 10 a.m. – Noon
Tuesday, October 4th 10 a.m. – Noon
Wednesday, October 5th 10 a.m. – Noon
Thursday, October 6th 10 a.m. – Noon
Friday, October 7th 10 a.m. – Noon
The Thunder will play the Allen Americans in an exhibition game next Saturday evening at the Wichita Ice Center. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m.