The Wichita Thunder announced two new players to the 2014-15 roster on Thursday.
Joining the team is goaltender David Shantz, who is a second round pick of the Florida Panthers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. The 29-year-old goaltender is a two-time ECHL all-star and four-time ECHL goaltender of the week. In his 156 game ECHL career, Shantz has a 2.86 goals against average and a .905 save percentage. In the AHL, Shantz has a 3.49 goals against average and an .894 save percentage in 60 games.
After taking some time away from the game, Shantz came back and played last season at the University of New Brunswick. There, he appeared in 23 games and had a 2.24 goals against average, as he backstopped the team to the CIS championship.
Coming to Wichita for his second full season in the ECHL is former Quad City Mallards forward Paxton Leroux. The 22-year-old forward has attended New York Rangers training camp each of the last two seasons. Last season, he appeared in 43 regular season games and tallied 176 penalty minutes.
Here are a couple of Leroux’s fights last season:
The additions of Shantz and Leroux bring the number of players announced by the team to 10.