The Wichita Thunder desperately hope to improve on their dismal 2009-10 Central Hockey League season when they won just 9 and lost 50 plus an additional 5 overtime losses in 64 regular season games. The Thunder were 40 points behind the next team in the Northern Conference and 28 points behind the next team in the overall standings.
Currently, there are five Ontario Hockey League graduates on the roster of the Wichita Thunder. Of the five, only one is a returning player while the other four are being brought in to bring OHL magic to the team.
Bobby Hughes finished the 2009-10 season in Wichita after starting the season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL and then spending time with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL. Hughes played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2003-04 to 2006-07, all with the Kingston Frontenacs. He was taken in the fourth round of the 2006 NHL draft by the Carolina Panthers, 123rd overall. Bobby was a 35 and 40 goal scorer with the Frontenacs and should be able to step up and provide the Thunder with the offense they are sadly in need of.
Brad Bonello had a decent season in 2009-10 with HC Fassa of Italy’s Lega Italiana Hockey Ghiaccio (LIHG). Bonello played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2000-01 to 2004-05. Brad played with the Erie Otters, Peterborough Petes and the Ottawa 67’s.
Chris Greene played last season in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) with the Mississippi Surge. Greene played two seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, 2004-05 and 2005-06, both with the Erie Otters.
Lance Galbraith is leaving the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) after a 467 game career to help out Wichita. In 2009-10, Lance split his season between the ECHL’s Alaska Aces and Utah Grizzlies. Galbraith is one of those rare 5-season OHLers, playing from 1996-97 to 2000-01, all with the Ottawa 67’s.
Jeff MacDermid played in the Central Hockey League in 2009-10, split between the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs and the Missouri Mavericks. MacDermid played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2001-02 to 2003-04, all with the Owen Sound Attack.