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Thunder Inks Kelly Cup Winning Defenseman McKay

Tuesday, September 6th
Thunder Inks Kelly Cup Winning Defenseman McKay

WICHITA, Kan. (Sept. 6) – The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, AHL's San Jose Barracuda and powered by Toyota, are excited to announce the signing of defenseman Chris McKay for the 2022-23 season. McKay was acquired as a part of the future considerations deal that completed a three-team deadline trade last season between Wichita, Rapid City and Florida. 

McKay, 26, recently completed his second year as a pro. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, the 6-foot-4, 214-pound defenseman began the season with the Toledo Walleye before being traded to the Florida Everblades. He helped the Everblades knock off the Walleye in the Kelly Cup Finals this past season. McKay finished with 16 points (4g, 12a) in 46 games between the two teams. 

"I’m excited to join the Thunder and get things going in October," commented McKay. "Winning a championship in any league is an incredible feeling. Last year in Florida, we had something special and made memories that are unforgettable. I want to bring what I learned in Florida and help Wichita win a championship."

He turned pro in 2020-21, signing with the Southern Professional Hockey League's Pensacola Ice Flyers. McKay was a teammate of current Thunder forward Jake Wahlin and helped them to a President's Cup title. In 32 games for the Ice Flyers, he tallied two helpers. 

Prior to turning pro, McKay played four seasons at RIT (Rochester Institute of Technology). He was named as an alternate captain during his senior campaign. In 123 career games, he registered 28 points (5g, 23a) for the Tigers. 

McKay is the 16th player announced for the 2022-23 season. Keep an eye on our social media channels for more player announcements.

Opening Night is just around the corner. Join us on Saturday, October 22 as we host our heated rival, Allen Americans. Single game tickets officially go on sale to the general public tomorrow at 10 a.m. Fans can purchase tickets online here, at the Select-A-Seat Box Office at INTRUST Bank Arena or by calling the Thunder office at 316-264-4625.

Season tickets for the 2022-23 campaign are on sale now. Fans can pay in full and receive 10% off. Lock in your seats for every game and enjoy all the benefits. Click here to learn more.