WEST VALLEY CITY, UT (March 29) – The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, AHL's San Jose Barracuda and powered by Toyota, announced today the signing of forward Ben Allison and defenseman Cole Larkin.
Allison, 20, turns pro after playing the last four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with Cape Breton, Gatineau and Acadie-Bathurst. A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, the 6-foot-2, 187-pound forward is the son of former Thunder forward Scott Allison.
He is coming off his best season of his junior career, netting 78 points (32g, 46a) in 68 games for the Titan. Allison finished with 157 points (62g, 95a) in 193 career games in the QMJHL. Allison was also named as an alternate captain this past year.
Larkin, 20, also turns pro after completing a five-year junior career with Acadie-Bathurst. A native of Mermaid, Prince Edward Island, the 6-foot-2, 187-pound blueliner is also coming off a career season for the Titan. He finished with 40 points (5g, 35a) in 68 games. Larkin piled up 268 games with Acadie-Bathurst, tallying 89 points (9g, 80a) over his junior career. He was named team captain this past season.
Wichita heads to West Valley City tonight at 8:10 p.m. to face the Utah Grizzlies.
Our annual Education Day Game, presented by Butler Community College and Golden Plains Credit Union, is coming soon. If you're a teacher or work with a local school, contact our office and ask for Tucker to bring your class out as we host the Tulsa Oilers at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5. Click here to buy tickets.
Autism Acceptance Night, presented by Wichita State University Communications Sciences and Disorders, is nearing as well. Join us on Friday, April 7 as we host the Rapid City Rush. We'll create a more sensory friendly environment for the game, reduce the lighting and loud music and more as we raise acceptance for those with Autism.
For just $20, get a ticket to the game and a limited edition Autism Acceptance Night t-shirt. Use the code ACCEPT when you check out.
Looking to bring the family? Take advantage of our Ollie's Family Four Pack for April 7. Get four tickets, a $20 Ollie's Bargain Outlet gift card and four team photos for just $40. Use the code FUN when you check out. Buy tickets here.
Single game tickets are on sale now. 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.
Several outstanding promotions remain on our schedule for the season. Click HERE to learn more.