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Wichita Thunder Goal! (Photo Courtesy Ed Bailey, All Rights Reserved)

Wichita Thunder Goal! (Photo Courtesy Ed Bailey, All Rights Reserved)

Now that the Wichita Thunder has one ECHL season in the books the coaching staff and GM will now be looking ahead to their 2015-16 season focusing most of their energy on building a winning team. As players are signed, and as former players move elsewhere, we will keep you updated with the transfer news.

Updated: October 10, 2015

Wichita Thunder Signings for 2015-16:

Mason Baptista (C) signs with the Wichita Thunder (August 22, 2015)

Andrew Blazek (D-L) signs with the Wichita Thunder (July 28, 2015)

Tim Boyle (D-R) signs with the Wichita Thunder (July 15, 2015)

Cullen Bradshaw (F) signs with the Wichita Thunder (Sept. 28, 2015)

Jannik Christensen (D-L) signs with the Wichita Thunder (Sept. 9, 2015)

Andrew Darrigo (D-R) signs with the Wichita Thunder (Sept. 28, 2015)

Anthony De Luca (LW) signs with the Wichita Thunder (July 15, 2015)

RG Flath (F) re-signs with the Wichita Thunder (Sept. 28, 2015)

Danick Gauthier (LW) re-signs with the Wichita Thunder (Aug. 5, 2015)

Todd Hosmer (LW) re-signs with the Wichita Thunder (July 15, 2015)

Andy Huff (LW) signs with the Wichita Thunder (Sept. 17, 2015)

Paxton Leroux (LW) signs with the Wichita Thunder (August 13, 2015)

Erick Lizon (RW) re-signs with the Wichita Thunder (Sept. 17, 2015)

Ian Lowe (C) re-signs with the Wichita Thunder (Aug. 22, 2015)

Ray Macius (D-R/RW) signs with the Wichita Thunder (Aug. 5, 2015) Waived Oct. 8 2015 for Theo Peckham roster spot)

Brandon Martell (D-L) signs with Wichita Thunder (Aug. 26, 2015)

Dan Milan (D-L) re-signs with Wichita Thunder (Aug. 26, 2015)

Kenton Miller (C) re-signs with the Wichita Thunder (July 2, 2015)

Theo Peckham (D-L) Re-signs with the Wichita Thunder (Oct. 8, 2015)

Dalton Reum (D-R) re-signs with the Wichita Thunder (Sept. 9, 2015)

Grant Rollheiser (G) re-signs with the Wichita Thunder (Aug. 22, 2015)

Ryan Ruikka (D-R) signs with the Wichita Thunder (July 28, 2015)

David Shantz (G) signs with the Wichita Thunder (August 13, 2015)

Fulfillment of Season-End Trades:

Eric Meland’s rights were traded to the Gwinnett Gladiators.

Kirill Tulupov’s rights were traded to the Orlando Solar Bears, who then traded his rights to the Rapid City Rush.

2014-15 Thunder Players Signing with other Teams or Retiring:

Justin Bernhardt, Thunder trade his rights to Elmira, and he signs with the Jackals for 2015-16 (Oct. 10).

Tim Boron, who was part of the Wichita Thunder for several seasons, parts of 2008-09 & 2009-10 (CHL) and last season 2014-15 (ECHL), has announced his retirement – July 8, 2015. All the best to you, Tim!

Tyler Bunz has signed tryout with Colorado Avalanche.

Joe Caveney signs with Pensacola Ice Flyers (SPHL) Oct. 2, 2015.

Michael Dorr, joined the team at the end of the season, has signed with the Fife Flyers (EIHL).

Nikita Kashirsky, forward and assistant coach for 2014-15, has signed with Greenville Road Warriors.

Garrett Klotz, forward for end of 2014-15 season, has signed with Elmira Jackals, August 21, 2015

Erick Lizon, who was part of the Wichita Thunder for four seasons from 2011-12 through 2014-15 signs with the Nottingham Panthers (EIHL) – May 28, 2015.  He will join his teammate from this past season Theo Peckham. UPDATE: Lizon has backed out of his Nottingham contract, July 29, 2015 and re-signs with Wichita Thunder Sept. 17.

Mike MacIntyre, defenseman who played 32 games with Wichita in 2014-15, signs with the Utah Grizzlies for 2015-16, Oct. 2, 2015.

Eric Meland, a defenseman who played 61 games with the Thunder in 14-15, signs in Europe with Lillehammer (Norway) – May 21, 2015. At this point, Meland is the only North American player on the Norwegian team but expect that to change over the summer.

Theo Peckham, Captain of the Thunder, defenseman who played 26 games through December 2014, signs in England with the Nottingham Panthers in the EIHL – May 27, 2015. Peckham has backed out of his Nottingham contract, August 26, 2015.

Michael Trebish, played 70 games with the Thunder in 14-15; Trebish was traded to the Evansville Icemen during the off-season, and has signed with the team on Sept. 16, 2015.

Kirill Tulupov, a defenseman who played 63 games with the Thunder in 14-15, was traded to Orlando then Rapid City, and has signed with the Rapid City Rush, July 2, 2015.

Mike Wilson, a defenseman who played 72 games with the Thunder in 14-15, has signed with the Belfast Giants in the EIHL – June 28, 2015/June 30, 2015.

2014-15 Thunder Roster

Bartliff, Kurtis
Bernhardt, Justin (signs with Elmira 2015-16)
Bestland, Darren
Boron, Tim (Retires)
Bourret, Alex (signs with Laval Predateurs (LNAH) 2015-16)
Budd, Michael (signs with ESC Wedemark Scorpions (Germany3) for 2015-16)
Bunz, Tyler (tryout with Colorado Avalanche ECHL)
Caveney, Joe (signs with Pensacola Ice Flyers (SPHL))
Dorr, Michael (signs with Fife Flyers EIHL)
Duval, Ian
Flath, RG (re-signs with Thunder 2015-16)
Gauthier, Danick (re-signs with the Wichita Thunder 2015-16)
Gibbons, Kyle (signs with Atlanta Gladiators ECHL 2015-16)
Granbois, Travis
Hood, Dylan (signs with Alaska Aces 2015-16)
Hosmer, Todd (re-signs with Wichita Thunder 2015-16)
Jorgensen, Jim (signs with Coventry Blaze (EIHL) for 2015-16)
Kashirsky, Nikita (signs with Greenville Road Warriors 2015-16)
Klotz, Garrett (signs with Elmira Jackals 2015-16)
Littlejohn, Frank
Lizon, Erick (signs in EIHL 2015-16)
Lowe, Ian (re-signs with Wichita Thunder 2015-16)
MacIntyre, Mike (signs with Utah Grizzlies 2015-16)
Meisner, Ben (signs with Augsburg Panthers DEL for 2015-16)
Meland, Eric (Traded; signs with Lillehammer (Norway) 2015-16)
Milan, Dan (re-signs with Wichita Thunder 2015-16)
Miller, Kenton (re-signs with Wichita Thunder 2015-16)
Peckham, Theo (signs in EIHL 2015-16) (re-signs with Thunder 2015-16)
Perdicaro, Anthony
Reum, Dalton (re-signs with Wichita Thunder 2015-16)
Rollheiser, Grant (re-signs with Wichita Thunder 2015-16)
Schultz, Stephen (signs with Nottingham Panthers EIHL))
Trebish, Michael (Traded & signs with Evansville Icemen Sept. 16 2015)
Tulupov, Kirill (Traded; Signs with Rapid City Rush 2015-16)
Walker, Jared
Wilson, Mike (signs in EIHL 2015-16)

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