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Thunder Acquire Former CHL Champion From Rapid City

Monday, February 1st
Thunder Acquire Former CHL Champion From Rapid City

Wichita Receives Kerbashian for Gauthier

Wichita, KS (Jan. 4th) - The Wichita Thunder, proud member of the ECHL and powered by Toyota, announced a trade on Monday afternoon, sending forward Danick Gauthier to the Rapid City Rush for forward Kale Kerbashian and a player to be named later.

Kerbashian, 25, should be a familiar name to Thunder fans having played two seasons with the Allen Americans. A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, the 5-foot-11, 200-pound forward had 22 points in 31 games along with 14 points in 19 playoff games during the Americans' run to the CHL Title that season. He had his best statistical season of his career a year ago, combining for 21 goals, 41 assists and 62 points between Evansville and Rapid City.

Prior to turning pro, Kerbashian played 252 career games in the OHL with London, Mississauga and Sarnia. He finished with 207 points (87g, 120a) to go along with 157 penalty minutes. His best season came during the 2010-11 campaign, racking up 88 points (27g, 51a) in 68 games with the Sarnia Sting.

The Thunder returns to action at home this coming Friday night as the Tulsa Oilers come to town at 7:05 p.m.

Friday is the first-ever Pucks and Pints Beerfest and Jersey Cooler Bag Giveaway. Fans can purchase a special ticket package to sample beer from Kansas that also comes with a dinner and a free pint glass from Wichita Brewing Company and Pizzeria.

The first 1,00 fans in the door will receive this special Jersey Cooler Bag giveaway, courtesy of RA Ruud and Son.

Individual tickets for all games are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at the INTRUST Arena Box office, by calling 855-755-SEAT or go online at www.selectaseat.com.

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About the ECHL

The ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and one Canadian province for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 541 players who have started their career in the ECHL have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 29 who made their NHL debuts in the 2013-14 season. The ECHL had affiliations with 26 of the 30 NHL teams in 2013-14, marking the 17th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.