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Wichita Thunder

Today the Edmonton Oilers and the Wichita Thunder announce that Tyler Bunz has been reassigned to the ECHL’s Wichita Thunder. OKC’s primary goaltender Richard Bachman has returned from Edmonton which has allowed Bunz’ release back to Wichita. It will be great to see Bunz play in Wichita after his stint in OKC as backup to Frans Tuohimaa while Laurent Brossoit has been out with a day-to-day injury.

The Wichita Thunder’s announcement:

October 30th, 2014

“Bunz Assigned Back to Wichita

Wichita, KS (Oct. 30th) –  The Wichita Thunder, proud member of the ECHL and powered by Toyota, announced this afternoon that goaltender Tyler Bunz has been assigned back to the Thunder from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League by the Edmonton Oilers (NHL). Bunz was called up on October 24th to the Barons, a day before the Thunder’s home opener.

Bunz, 22, did not appear in a game with Oklahoma City. The third-year netminder out of St. Albert, Alberta was originally assigned to Wichita on October 9th before the start of training camp. Bunz is a former fifth-round selection of the Edmonton Oilers (121st overeall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He has spent time with the Bakersfield Condors and Stockton Thunder of the ECHL along with six appearances with the Barons over the last two years. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound netminder has a combined pro record of 23-21-6 with a 3.27 goals against average and .889 save percentage

A fifth round selection of the Edmonton Oilers (121st overall) during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Bunz played a five-year junior career for Medicine Hat of the WHL. He shattered the program’s record for wins (115), surpassing some impressive names like Kelly Hrudey and Chris Osgood. He was named the Tigers’ regular season and playoff Most Valuable Player in 2012 and was selected as a WHL Eastern Conference First Team All-Star. He added to his awards that year by winning the Del Wilson Trophy as the WHL’s top goaltender.

The Thunder will have  a few days off before hosting the Missouri Mavericks on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Wichita pays a visit to Tulsa on Sunday, November 2nd at 4:05 p.m.”