WICHITA, Kan. – Another week, another former team captain joining the Wichita Thunder for the 2018-19 season.
This week, the Thunder announced former Belleville Bulls and Hamilton Bulldogs defenseman Justin Lemcke has signed with Wichita for the coming season.
“I’m very excited to have signed with the Thunder,” Lemcke said. “I’ve always had a dream to play pro hockey and overcome the challenges that come with it. I look forward to growing my game and competing at the next level.”
Lemcke, 21, recently completed a five-year junior career in the Ontario Hockey League. A native of Whitby, Ontario, the 6-foot-2, 201-pound defenseman collected 105 points (30g, 75a) in 258 OHL games. He led the Bulldogs to an OHL Championship this past season and an appearance in the Memorial Cup.
After the season, Lemcke was awarded 2017-18 the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy, given to the OHL captain that best exemplifies leadership on and off the ice, with passion and dedication to the game of hockey and community. Lemcke was the longest-serving captain in the OHL, having worn the ‘C’ for three-straight seasons and was very involved in the Hamilton community.
Thunder head coach Malcolm Cameron said “It’s rare that a player is a three-year captain at the junior level, but Justin was just that. He is held in high esteem by his peers as he was awarded the Mickey Renaud Captain’s Trophy this past year. We’re excited to add Justin this season.”
The signing of Lemcke now brings the total players signed to five for Wichita; team captain Dyson Stevenson; defensemen Jeremy Beaudry and Keoni Texeira; and forward Lane Bauer are those who have been announced so far.
You can keep up on all the player movement around the ECHL by visiting our transactions page at https://thesinbin.net/2018-echl-transactions/.