WICHITA, KS – Just days after announcing a new primary affiliate, the team wasted no time in announcing their second player signing of the offseason.
Days after being acquired from the Allen Americans as part of the future considerations trade for Alex Krushelnyski, Dyson Stevenson has signed a contract to play in Wichita for the 2017-18 season.
“I’m very excited to sign with the Wichita Thunder,” said Stevenson. “If someone asked me a couple years ago if I’d ever be play in Wichita, I probably would have said no because I hated playing against them so much. I’m excited for a change and I’m going to put everything on the line every game for my teammates. By the looks of things, the team is going to have a lot of depth and we will have a good chance of making it to the playoffs. I’ve been in the playoffs all three years of my pro career and I know that anything can happen.”
The 23-year-old Stevenson appeared in 131 regular season games for Allen, collecting 54 points (19g, 36a) to go along with 221 penalty minutes. He also played in 55 playoff games, notching 17 points (4g, 13a). Last season, he was utilized as a defenseman as well as a forward.
He also reunites with Thunder head coach Malcolm Cameron, who was his coach in Regina of the Western Hockey League. In 2013-14, he had a career year, recording 76 points (38g, 38a) and 121 penalty minutes.
“Dyson is the consummate team-first guy,” stated Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. “He sticks up for his teammates, scores big goals and can be counted on in crucial situations. Having coached him for three years in junior hockey, I know the type of player and person he is and I look forward to having him with the Thunder.”
Stevenson joins Matt DeBlouw as the only players signed for the 2017-18 season.
Keep up with all the signings in the ECHL by visiting our transactions page at https://thesinbin.net/2017-echl-transactions!