The Stockton Thunder look to be heading to the ECHL playoffs. The California team is in the top 3 for attendance in the league and their success is backed by an on-ice product that includes 5 Ontario Hockey League Alumni. Clicking on the following player’s names will take you to their profile page on the Stockton Thunder official website.
Andrew Perugini played three seasons in the OHL from 2005-06 to 2007-08. He was between the pipes with the Barrie Colts until midway through his final season when he was traded to the Sarnia Sting. This is Andrew’s second season with the Thunder.
Matt O’Dette entered the OHL some 18 years ago. Matt played with the Kitchener Rangers from 1992-93 to midway through 1994-95 when he was traded to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds where he finished out his final season in the league. Since that time, Matt has played with several AHL and ECHL teams, providing toughness to all.
Bryan Young provided solid, stay-at-home defense for the Peterborough Petes from 2002-03 to 2005-06. A low draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 2004, Bryan has had the opportunity to put in 17 games with the NHL team.
Justin DaCosta began his OHL career with the Barrie Colts in 2002-03. He was traded to the Owen Sound Attack during the 2003-04 season and to the Mississauga IceDogs during 2004-05. His OHL numbers were sparse until he became an IceDog where he put in 42 points in 57 games in his final season. Justin went the Canadian University route and has just entered the world of professional hockey this season.
Kiev, Ukraine native, Igor Gongalsky played in the OHL from 2004-05 to 2006-07. He spent most of his career with the Owen Sound Attack before being traded to the Oshawa Generals early in his final season. He more than doubled his career point totals in just 56 games with the Generals. Igor is now in his 4th season in the ECHL and second with the Thunder.
It should be noted that brothers Bryan and Jason Pitton have spent time on the Thunder this season. The OHL grads are currently on the AHL Springfield Falcons. Watch for an upcoming post featuring these two.