WICHITA, KS – The Wichita Thunder added some depth to the center-ice position on Tuesday with the addition of Mark MacMillan to the 2017-18 preseason roster.
MacMillan, 25, comes to Wichita after spending two seasons in AHL with the St. John’s Ice Caps, the former AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens. The fourth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft tallied 30 points (12g, 18a) in 120 games with the IceCaps. He also had five points (2g, 3a) in six games with the Brampton Beast during the 2015-16 campaign.
“We’re very excited to add Mark to our group this season,” commented Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. “I’ve had the pleasure of being on the ice with him in the past. I know the speed and skill set he brings. He’s been a winner and with his experience in the AHL, I expect him to be a top player for us.”
Prior to turning pro, MacMillan played four years at the University of North Dakota and served as an alternate captain during his senior campaign. He was named Defensive Forward of the Year in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in 2014-15 and was leading the conference with a career-high 16 goals when he suffered an injury in February. MacMillan finished his college career with 46 goals and 53 assists in 151 games.
“I’m really excited to join Wichita and play for the Thunder,” stated MacMillan. “Coach and I have known each other for a while, having both been a part of the Okanagan Hockey Academy. I’m excited for the opportunity.”
Hockeysfuture.com says of MacMillan:
MacMillan’s skating is his biggest strength, as he is quick on his feet, can change speeds at the drop of a dime and has solid edge work, making him a strong, defensive-minded forward.
Wichita now has 18 players signed for training camp, which will get going on October 2.