Continuing their mission statement of growing and promoting the great game of hockey in the State of Indiana, Indiana’s only elite junior hockey team, the Evansville Jr. ThunderBolts of the NA3HL have taken another step in that direction with their latest two player signings for the upcoming 2016-17 season.
On this date, Jr. ThunderBolts General Manager/Head Coach Mark Cody has announced that Team Indiana standouts, goaltender LUKE FRY and forward KYLE GREGORY have each signed tenders to join the Evansville club for the 2016-17 NA3HL campaign.
FRY, from the Columbus Icemen High School Team enjoyed a magnificent 2015-16 season as his club’s top goalkeeper. In 19-decisions between the pipes, he compiled a sterling record of 19(13-6-0) while carding a miserly, microscopic GAA of 1.91.
GM/Coach Cody has been casting his watchful eyes on FRY for the past two years both as a coach and a scout and files a glowing report on his Jr. ‘Bolts newest net-minder. “I have had my eye on Luke for the last two seasons. I have had the opportunity of coaching him and watching him perform. Most recently, I watched him in action at the Americas Showcase in Pittsburgh. In my mind, he was the best goaltender at the event and he will come to Evansville competing to play a lot of games for our team.”
As for the Jr. ThunderBolts latest new forward GREGORY, the South Stars High School star will arrive on the Evansville hockey scene at Swonder Ice Arena armed with an array of versatile talents certain to inject an exciting dimension into the hometown Jr. team’s offensive attack. In 2015-16, GREGORY averaged a prolific 1.5 points per game, collecting 42-points in 28-games on 19-goals, 23-assists. He also averaged nearly 4-PIM each game, amassing 106-PIM in those same 28-games.
Coach Cody provides a sneak peek preview of what the Tri-State will be treated to when GREGORY takes the ice for his ‘Bolts boys. “Kyle is a unique player who can put up plenty of points and does it with a lot of grit to his game. Kyle will not shy away from the rough part of the game and will score a lot of goals within 10-feet of the net. His energy will be contagious for the rest of the team.”
Today’s signings of goaltender LUKE FRY and forward KYLE GREGORY bring the total to five (5) players presently listed on the Jr. ThunderBolts roster for 2016-17 with four (4) of those Indiana homegrown products. In addition to Michigan-bred JEREMY ROSS, KORY KIFER and ANDREW WARE are Evansville locals.