The State of Indiana’s developing hockey stock is continuing its rapid rise on the U.S. hockey landscape as evidenced by the latest player acquisitions secured by Indiana’s lone elite junior hockey team, the NA3HL’s Evansville Jr. ThunderBolts as they prepare for their second season in 2016-17.
On this date, Jr. ThunderBolts General Manager/Head Coach Mark Cody has announced that another pair of Team Indiana luminaries have affixed their respective signatures to tenders expressly to become members of the Evansville club for the approaching NA3HL campaign. High-scoring forwards, JONAH REYNOLDS and DREW WYNN are the two newest players in the ‘Bolts stable and will be reporting to the club’s second training camp at Swonder Ice Arena in less than two months.
REYNOLDS, from Brebeuf Jesuit High School, has achieved the reputation of being a goal-scorer extraordinaire as he averaged a prodigious 1.37 goals per game as well as 2.63 points each game during the past 2015-16 season. Compositely for the season, REYNOLDS amassed an astronomical 50-points in 19-games, including 26-goals, 24- assists along with 30-PIM.
Being acutely aware of the ‘Bolts lack of a knack on the attack in their fledgling campaign of ’15-16, GM/Coach Cody has lofty expectations for REYNOLDS. “Jonah is a proven goal scorer at the High School level. I will be looking to him to help the ‘Bolts power play. He is a hard-working player who has a track record of scoring big goals when the team needs them the most. Jonah will step into our lineup and contribute right away.”
Inheriting a team which ranked 30th among 34-teams in goal production last season, Cody continued to concentrate on offensive firepower with the WYNN signing as well. In 2015-16, the Leo Lions High School scoring star ranked runner-up in the State in point-producing proficiency, registering 54-points in 20-games on 29-goals, 25-assists along with 39-PIM. To amplify on WYNN’S majestic numbers, he stoked goals to the tune of 1.45 per game and points at a clip of an amazing 2.70 each time out.
Coach Cody encapsulates the scoring wallop of WYNN. “Drew was second in scoring in the Indiana High School League regular season. He possesses a unique skill set in that he has the ability to get under the skin of any player from the opposing team but still manage to generate big scoring numbers. Drew is truly the type of guy you hate to play against but absolutely love having on your team.”
The ‘Bolts now have 7-players on their roster with 6 of those from Indiana; 2 of those are Evansville natives.