EVANSVILLE, IN— As their grand opening home weekend grows ever so closer in their elite junior hockey league NA3HL debut, the Evansville ThunderBolts continue the patient, deliberate task of both assembling and solidifying their initial player roster for the rapidly approaching 2015-16 season.
Today, ThunderBolts General Manager/Head Coach Scott Fankhouser has announced a pair of player signings with both signings designed to strengthen and add depth to the club’s forward position. The newest members of the ‘Bolts maiden voyage aggregation nation are Oliver Breton and Rick DialBreton, a product of Detroit, honed his skills in the 2014-15 campaign with Birmingham United in the Detroit suburbs while Dial arrives on the Evansville junior hockey scene following a ’14-15 season plying his craft with the Cleveland Junior Lumberjacks 18U AAA squadron. In the previous campaign of 2013-14, DIAL saw action with the Detroit Falcons 18U contingent in the NAPHL. The latest newcomers to the ThunderBolts organization are expected to inject some significant size and grit to the Coach Fankhouser’s lineup.
The ‘Bolts bench pilot elaborated. “The ThunderBolts are proud to add players the ilk and quality of Oliver and Rick to our locker room and lineup for the upcoming season. Both players have the ability to really help us in solidifying and fortifying our forward position and bring some great depth to our overall roster this year. In addition, both Oliver and Rick will bring size and grit to our club. I look forward to helping both Oliver and Rick develop this season and attain their ultimate goals. Moreover, I am looking for both players to progress during our season and inject some solid offense and good solid defense into our overall team-oriented concepts.”
Today’s signings of forwards Oliver Breton and Rick Dial make it a total of 16-players having been announced for the ThunderBolts; three goaltenders; four defensemen; nine forwards. Nine of the 16-players operating under the Bolts’ banner are Indiana homegrown which would seem apropos; especially considering that the Evansville ThunderBolts have gained the lofty distinction of being the only, exclusive elite junior hockey team in the entire State of Indiana.
The ThunderBolts grand opening home weekend is coming soon!! FRI. SEPT. 18 & SAT. SEPT. 19, colliding each night with the Point Mallard Ducks at 7:30 pm at Swonder Ice Arena. Season Tickets for all 22-home weekend dates are priced at only $70!! Single game seats are just $5!! Check-it out at evvbolts.com. Pocket schedules are out and about town including all of the Penn Station locations and TPH Pro Shop at Swonder. The ThunderBolts are on- the-air! All the ‘Bolts games, home and away, play-by-play are live on Evansville’s WVHI-AM 1330.