WICHITA, KS – Wichita Thunder Head Coach Malcolm Cameron continues the trend of putting together a young, ambitious, speedy Thunder hockey club.
Today, the team announced the return of defenseman Dalton Reum to the lineup for this season.
The 24-year-old Camrose, Alberta native is coming off his best season in a Thunder sweater. Coming off an injury-shortened 2014-15 campaign, he played in 65 games last season, tallying four goals and eight assists (12 points) and was a -2, which was best among Thunder defensemen last year.
“Dalton is a rugged, stay-at-home defenseman that keeps people honest and is solid defensively,” said Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. “When I coached against him in junior, he was a good penalty killing guy and was a team-first player. I look forward to seeing him with the Thunder this season.”
“I’m very excited on coming back to Wichita for another season,” said Reum. “Expectations will be raised with the new affiliation. I’m looking forward to starting the journey on winning the Kelly cup in a Thunder Uniform this upcoming season.”
Earlier this week, the team announced the addition of Gerrad Grant to the line-up for the 2016-17 roster.
“Gerrad is a tough, hard nosed player that will add grit and tenacity to our lineup,” Cameron said. “He comes from a very good college program where he was relied upon in key situations.”
Grant, 26, begins his professional career after playing the last five seasons at Saint Mary’s University. A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound forward finished with 53 points (17g, 36a) in 125 career games and also added five goals in 19 playoff games. He helped the Huskies take the bronze medal at the 2016 University Cup this past March.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to make my way to Wichita after five great years at Saint Mary’s,” commented Grant. “I’ve heard great things about the organization, the fans and plan to help out the team the best way I can.”
The Thunder now have seven players announced for preseason camp, which opens in early October.
Get a team-by-team breakdown of all the player movement in the ECHL by visiting our transactions page at thesinbin.net/2016-echl-transactions.