WICHITA, KS – The Wichita Thunder capped off a week full of player announcements with their biggest signing of the offseason-to-date.
The team announced today they have signed rugged forward and two-time Kelly Cup Champion Vincent Arseneau to a contract for next season.
“Vincent is a winner and that’s what made him attractive this offseason,” said Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. “He’s been a big part of the success in Allen the past two seasons and we expect that winning pedigree in Wichita this year. He can score, has great size and will stick up for his teammates.”
The 24-year-old Arseneau comes to Wichita after winning back-to-back Kelly Cup titles with the Allen Americans, but also brings a wealth of experience to what will likely be a young team. Over the last two seasons with three different ECHL teams (Ontario Reign, Indy Fuel and Allen Americans,) Arseneau played in 85 regular-season games, scoring 50 points (25G, 25A), collecting 250 penalty minutes and was a +2. He has also played in 46 playoff games, all with the Allen Americans, where he has tallied 26 points (15G, 11A) and 104 penalty minutes.
Here is a video of what Arseneau brings to the Thunder team:
Arseneau has also seen time at the AHL level. There, he has played in 31 games with three clubs collecting only one assist and 104 penalty minutes.
“I had a great time in Allen, but I’m really excited to join Wichita,” commented Arseneau. “It’s a new challenge for me and I’m ready for it. I’m really happy to have a chance to play with my good friend, Alexis Loiseau. We are both excited as we grew up together. I can’t wait to meet Malcolm. I’ve heard good things about him. He’s a winner and I can’t wait to get started.”
Prior to turning pro, Arseneau played for two teams in five seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 294 games played, he collected 108 points (52G, 56A) and 632 penalty minutes. In the league playoffs, he tallied 9 points in 24 games.
The Thunder roster for next season sits at nine players, with still some work to be done. If you’ve missed it, here is a breakdown of the players announced by position so far:
Forwards – Ian Lowe (C), Louick Marcotte, Alexis Loiseau, Mitch Holmberg, Gerrad Grant, Vincent Arseneau
Defensemen – Landon Oslanski, Dalton Reum
Goalies – Drew Owsley
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.