WICHITA, KS – One of the key components to the Thunder offense and the lone representative to ECHL All-Star Classic, has left the team for greener pastures.
Alexis Loiseau has signed with SC Riessersee of the German DEL-2 league, the same league where Zach O’Brien came from. The news was first reported by Elite Prospects.
“We believe Alexis Loiseau will help us by the end of the season. It is important that he fits into our philosophy,” said Riessersee head coach Tim Regan. “In the last few days, we’ve seen how difficult it is to find a new player, because many teams are on the lookout. Now it has worked out and we can continue to support the team with this commitment. We want to achieve something together this season and do everything possible to ensure that our spectators get to see attractive ice hockey, “
This was a very difficult decision for Alexis,” commented Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. “As it first came to my attention on Sunday evening, he wrestled with it for the past two days. The financial opportunity and the lighter schedule was just too attractive to turn down. We will retain his ECHL playing rights in case he decides to return next season or if things don’t work out in Europe.”
“While we are disappointed, it’s never our intention to hold our players back when given an opportunity to enhance their career. It is very similar to when players are promoted to the American Hockey League.”
“I really liked my time in Wichita,” commented Loiseau. “It’s a good place to play hockey, great group of guys and Malcolm is very good with everyone. It was a tough decision, but I had a great opportunity and I felt like it was the best choice for me and the rest of my career.”
Loiseau has scuffled since returning from his call-up to Binghamton in December, but showed signs of getting out of the slump, with four points in his last three games. He leaves Wichita with 29 points (16G, 13A) in 30 games.