WICHITA, KAN. – Six days after announcing the return of their team captain, the Wichita Thunder announced the return of one of the team’s best defensemen during the 2017-18 campaign.
The team announced Thursday that Jeremy Beaudry will be back on the blueline for the 2018-19 season. The 24-year-old native of Montmagny, Quebec finished with 37 points (13g, 24a) in 69 games. He finished tied for sixth in the ECHL for power-play goals for a blueliner (6). Beaudry came to Wichita towards the end of the 2016-17 campaign and provided stability on the blue line. He appeared in 14 games that year, recording five points (1g, 4a).
“Jeremy had a tremendous rookie season both on and off the ice,” stated Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. “He scored some highlight-reel goals, had some big hits and was a huge presence in the Wichita community. Jeremy was a great teammate and well respected for both his on-ice play and off-ice community service. We expect he will build on that success again this season.”
Off the ice, Beaudry was instrumental in leading the community outreach programs for the Thunder. He was named as the ECHL’s 2017-18 Community Service Award winner for his efforts supporting community and charitable causes. He became the first Thunder player to win a post-season award since joining the ECHL.
“I’m really happy and excited about going back to Wichita,” commented Beaudry. “The last year and a half have been amazing for me. I really loved my time in Kansas. Last year, we had a really great group of guys and it showed on the ice. We had a really good season and made the playoffs. I want to do whatever it takes to make the playoffs again and win the Kelly Cup.”
Beaudry joins Dyson Stevenson as the only other signing for the team during the 2018 offseason. You can keep up with all the signings and transactions this offseason, by visiting our Transactions Page: https://thesinbin.net/2018-echl-transactions/