At their annual open house for season ticket holders, the Wichita Thunder announced three player signings for the coming season.
The Thunder will have Ian Lowe back in the fold his fourth season. The forward collected 58 points (20G, 38A) in 72 games last year and was a key cog for the team on the penalty kill. Lowe assumed the captaincy after Theo Peckham abandoned the team during the Christmas break. Lowe is the first veteran player announced by the Thunder this signing season.
Coming back for his first full season in Wichita is goaltender Grant Rollheiser, who was traded to Wichita from the Brampton Beast on March 6th and helped the team make a push for the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Rollheiser appeared in 44 games last season between the two teams, had a 3.26 goals against average and .904 save percentage. Rollheiser is the second goalie announced by the team, joining David Shantz, who was signed on August 14th.
The final signing announced is rookie Mason Baptista, who appeared in four games with the Quad City Mallards last season, collecting three points (2G, 1A.) The North York, Ontario native played four seasons at St. Norbert College, where he tallied 29 goals and 75 assists in 117 games played.
Wichita also unveiled their new jersey’s for next season. The team will play in white for the home games, blue on the road. After the all-star break, the team will flip home and road colors.
The team also announced work is underway on a 25th anniversary jersey.
The announced signings brings the number of players announced for training camp to 13. Wichita will open their 24th training camp on October 4th, with an exhibition game against the Tulsa Oilers scheduled for October 10th at the Wichita Ice Center.