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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.
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.
EVANSVILLE, IN— The Evansville Jr. ThunderBolts, approaching their second season as members of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL), are pleased and proud to announce on this date that defenseman BRIAN CRINK has made his formal commitment to play collegiate hockey at NCAA Division III Daniel Webster University for the upcoming 2016-17 season.
In the 2015-16 NA3HL elite junior hockey league inaugural season for the Jr. ThunderBolts, CRINK, 21, distinguished himself by attaining the revered honor of being the ‘Bolts Team Ironman as the lone player on the first-year club to play in all 47-league games. In those 47-outings, the 6-2, 185lb right-hand shooting rearguard ranked seventh in the team overall scoring derby and a lofty second among his ‘Bolts blue line brigade, registering 15-points on 4-goals, 11-assists while accumulating 66-PIM. His offensive totals included 1-PPG and 3-PPA.
Another of the State of Indiana homegrown hockey talents which adorned the Jr. ThunderBolts first-ever roster last season, the Noblesville, IN native was saluted with high praise by Evansville General Manager/Head Coach Mark Cody. “The entire Jr. ThunderBolts family is very happy for Brian. He worked hard on the ice and in the classroom and is very deserving of this opportunity to play NCAA hockey.”
Daniel Webster University is a small private college located in Nashua, New Hampshire which is just outside of Boston on the Massachusetts/New Hampshire border.
CRINK is both excited and eager to embark on the newest chapter of his hockey career while at the same time expressing much gratitude through his lasting reflections of his tenure here in Evansville with the ‘Bolts. “Playing in Evansville, I’ve had the opportunity to improve and prepare my game for the college level. I foremost would like to thank my family and the entire TPH organization; my teammates, coaching staff, the Heppner family and all of the dedicated fans for being a part of this final stepping stone in both my junior career and my transition into adulthood. I consider myself to be quite fortunate in that my work ethic, dedication to the game and support from others have extended my career by four more years at the collegiate level. I am excited and eager to join the Daniel Webster University hockey program while at the same time looking forward to earning my degree as a Computer Science major.”
BRIAN CRINK achieves the historical distinction of becoming the first-ever player member of the Jr. ThunderBolts to advance his hockey career by way of the collegiate level.
SHREVEPORT – The Shreveport Mudbugs are pleased to announce that Total Package Hockey (TPH) will provide all hockey operations for the new NAHL franchise.
Thunder hockey congratulates Nic Dowd on making his NHL debut with the LA Kings. Nic started his youth hockey career within the Huntsville Amateur Hockey Association (HAHA) and joined Thunder Hockey before graduating from youth hockey to play Junior A hockey for the Wenatchee Wild of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). After his first season of Junior Hockey, Nic committed to Division 1 Powerhouse St. Cloud State University and was drafted in the NHL by the Los Angeles Kings. He went on to play one year of junior hockey for the Indiana Ice in the USHL, arriving on the campus of St. Cloud State in 2010. Dowd played four seasons at St. Cloud State where he amassed 121 career points, including 40 during his senior year where he was the runner-up to the Hobey Baker award winner Johnny Gaudreau. After graduating, Dowd won the Calder Cup trophy with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL) in his first season as a professional. This season, he began with the Ontario Reign (AHL) before being called up for his first game in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings.
“This is historic for Thunder Hockey, as we now have advanced players in all levels of hockey including the NHL.” States Thunder Hockey president Nathan Bowen.