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Kirill Tulupov Nov. 18, 2011 (Photo: Courtesy Steven Christy Photography)

Kirill Tulupov Nov. 18, 2011 (Photo: Courtesy Steven Christy Photography. All Rights Reserved.)

The ECHL’s November 4th transactions has listed the signing of former Oklahoma City Barons defenseman Kirill Tulupov with the Wichita Thunder.  Immigration approval delayed his addition to the team at the beginning of the season however he started practicing with the team today and will be wearing number 7. OKC fans will well remember the big Russian defenseman from the 2011-12 season when the Barons held top place in the AHL for much of the season, winning the West Division Championship and going all the way to the Western Conference Finals before being eliminated from the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The former New Jersey Devils third round draft pick (#67 overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft started this season in the KHL with Vityaz Podolsk participating in the preseason Mayor of Moscow Cup tournament (the team placed second after three shootout wins versus CSKA, Dynamo Moscow and Atlant), and one regular season game with an assist. Since his season in the AHL with OKC, Tulupov has spent time in the KHL, ECHL, CHL and the Metal Ligaen.

Tulupov will join three other Wichita Thunder players with OKC ties — Tyler Bunz, a current goaltender in the Edmonton Oilers system, Erick Lizon, who spent part of the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons in OKC on a PTO and AHL SPC, and Theo Peckham, a former Oilers defenseman who spent a short conditioning stint of 4 games with the OKC Barons following the NHL lockout in February 2013.

All the best to Kirill and the Wichita Thunder!

Kirill Tulupov - Amur Khabarovsk

Wichita Thunder’s Announcement.

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