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Wichita Thunder Announce First Signings of Offseason

One day after revealing their 20-man season-ending roster, the Wichita Thunder went right to work in announcing the first two signings of the 2020 offseason. 

Wichita Thunder Announce First Signings of Offseason

WICHITA, Kan. – One day after revealing their 20-man season-ending roster, the Wichita Thunder went right to work in announcing their first two signings of the 2020 ECHL offseason.

Making his return to Wichita for a second season in Wichita is third-year player Spencer Dorowicz. The 26-year-old native of Olds, Alberta registered a career-high 34 points (15G, 19A) in 55 games in a Thunder uniform last season. His four power-play goals, five power-play assists were also career highs. In 94 career ECHL regular-season games, Dorowicz has posted 48 points (23G, 25A).

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The 5-foot-11, 192-pound forward had a productive career for Robert Morris. He tallied 16 points in three-straight seasons and finished with 59 points (23g, 36a) in 145 games. He was a part of back-to-back AHA Regular Season Championship teams for the Colonials. Before heading to school, he played five years in the Alberta Junior Hockey League for the Olds Grizzlys. He piled up 179 points (75g, 104a) in 223 games and was captain during his final season.

Signing in Wichita for his first full season in a Thunder uniform is Jay Dickman, who was acquired from Indy on February 17. Dickman, still classified as a rookie, has played in just 17 career pro games and has six points (3G, 3A). The 27-year-old forward posted three points (2G, 1A) in eight games with the Thunder before the season was canceled.

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Dickman played four seasons at Bemidji State University (NCAA), where he tallied six goals and ten assists in 38 games. The 6-foot-6, 229-pound forward appeared in 132 NCAA contests, earning 30 goals and 25 assists, helping the team to the 2016-17 WCHA Regular Season Championship. After finishing his career at Bemidji State, Dickman turned pro, signed an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO) with the Florida Everblades. There, he played in three games, earning one assist.

“I’m excited to have both of these guys back in the fold for next season,” commented Head Coach Bruce Ramsay. “Dorowicz was a solid player for us last year who I could plug into any situation. He played power play, penalty kill and is a great teammate. Jay joined us late last year and didn’t get much of a chance to show his skills during his first year as a pro. He is a big body who can help us on the power play and is still considered a rookie due to the amount of games he played. That experience will be big for him this season.”

Additional signings are expected to be announced next week.

Keep track of all the signings and movement during the 2020 ECHL offseason by visiting our ECHL Transactions page!

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