Wichita, KS (Sept. 6th) - The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators and powered by Toyota, announced today the signing of forward Brad Cuzner to the preseason roster for the 2016-17 season.
"Brad is a gritty, rugged, pain in the butt type of player who I am excited about," commented Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. "He's relentless on the forecheck, excellent on the penalty kill and is the kind of player that can change the momentum of a hockey game. We are looking forward to having him here this season."
Cuzner, 24, will enter his first professional season after spending the last four years at St. Francis Xavier University. The 5-foot-10, 183-pound forward appeared in 105 games for the X-Men, collecting 33 points (17g, 16a). Cuzner joins his former teammate, Drew Owsley, in the Air Capital.
"I'm really excited to join the Thunder this year," said Cuzner. "I've played against a lot of the players we have signed so I am familiar with the guys. Malcolm has told me we are going to be a young, hardworking team that's very hard to play against and I can't wait to be a part of it."
A native of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, Cuzner played three seasons in the QMJHL with Cape Breton and Halifax. His best season came in 2011-12 when he netted 24 points (12g, 12a) to go along with 61 penalty minutes. He is known as a relentless worker who plays with an edge to his game.
Cuzner becomes the 16th player added to the preseason roster, joining Louick Marcotte, Mitch Holmberg, Ian Lowe, Alexis Loiseau, Gerrad Grant, Landon Oslanski, Dalton Reum, Vincent Arseneau, Drew Owsley, James Melindy, Matt DeBlouw, Blake Tatchell, Greg Amlong, Ryan Tesink and Alexis Vanier.
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