WICHITA, KS – With their fifteenth signing of the offseason, the Wichita Thunder moved back to the blueline, adding a versatile defenseman to the preseason roster.

Photo Courtesy: Quinnipiac University

Joining the team is Alex Miner-Barron, a second-year-pro who played his rookie season in France. A native of Glendora, California, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound blueliner registered 29 points (3g, 26a) in 44 games. He led all French League defenseman in assists last year.

“Alex is a versatile player that can play both forward and defense,” commented coach Malcolm Cameron. “In the ECHL, it’s important to have guys that can be multi-dimensional once call-ups and injuries happen. We look forward to seeing him in a Thunder uniform.”

Prior to turning pro, Barron played a four-year career at Quinnipiac University and helped the Bobcats reach the NCAA National Championship game in 2013 and 2016. Known for his versatility, Barron played both forward and defense while collecting 31 points (7g, 24a) in 145 games.

“After a season away from home, I knew that I was ready to make the transition back to North American hockey,” said Miner-Barron. “As soon as Wichita’s name came up and after speaking with Coach Cameron, it was a no-brainer. From the fans to the city, I couldn’t be happier to be calling Wichita home this next season.”

For the latest list of player signings across the ECHL, visit our 2017 ECHL Transactions page!


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