WICHITA, KS – The Wichita Thunder have signed several players who have been in leadership positions in their previous stops, and the trend continued with their 21st player signing of the offseason on Monday.

Joining the Thunder preseason roster is Steven Iacobellis, who turns pro after playing the last four seasons at UMass-Amherst (NCAA).

Photo Courtesy: UMass-Amherst

“I’ve spoken to Coach Cameron a number of times now and I can already tell he’s the type of coach that will get the best out of his players which excites me a lot,” Iacobellis said. “I’m also thrilled that I get the chance to play alongside some former junior teammates of mine Joel Rumpel and Mark MacMillan.”

Iacobellis comes to Wichita after a successful collegiate career. He led the team with 21 points (8g, 13a) during his senior year and earned an invite to Vancouver Canucks development camp this past July. Overall, the native of Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound forward served as the team’s captain during his junior and senior campaigns. He finished with 87 points (31g, 56a) in 139 career games for the Minutemen, tallying 20 or more points four straight years.

“Steven is a nice blend of speed, skill and will be looked upon to help provide offense,” stated Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. “He is a leader as evidenced by him being named captain two seasons in a row. We’re excited to have him. He will be attending AHL camp in Bakersfield.”

The Wichita Thunder will open training camp on October 2 and play their lone exhibition game against the Tulsa Oilers on October 7 at the Wichita Ice Center.

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