STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, announced the Oilers have assigned rookie goaltender Tyler Bunz to the Thunder from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.
Bunz, 20, comes to Stockton after being selected in the fifth round (121st overall) of the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Oilers and garnering the Del Wilson Trophy as the Western Hockey League Goaltender of the Year last season with the Medicine Hat Tigers.
The 6-foot-1 and 198 pound netminder was also named a WHL Eastern Conference First All-Star Team selection in 2011-12 and ranked third in the WHL with a career high 39 wins. His .921 save percentage was also a career best (ranking second in the league), capping off a season where he was named among the three stars of the game 27 times.
Bunz played for Medicine Hat for all five of his WHL seasons and shattered the program’s record in wins (115), surpassing National Hockey League notables and Tigers alumni such as Pete Peeters, Chris Osgood and Kelly Hrudey.
For his five year major junior career, the St. Albert native posted a record of 115-55-19 with a 2.72 goals against average, .911 save percentage and eight shutouts.
Bunz also suited up for Edmonton in the 2010 and 2011 YoungStars Tournaments in Penticton, B.C. and went 2-0 with a shutout against the Winnipeg Jets in the 2011 tourney.
The Thunder also announced the following players were released from training camp:
• Aaron Atwell (D)
• Sterling Bear (F)
• Ryan Fitzsimmons (G)
• Evan Mackintosh (F)
• Marcus Mitchell (F)
• Alexander Molnar (F)
• Matt Pamidi (G)
Opening Night is Friday, Oct. 12 when the Thunder launches the 2012-13 season and the ECHL’s 25th Anniversary campaign at home against the Ontario Reign starting at 7:30 p.m. at Stockton Arena. A two time recipient of the ECHL “Award of Excellence,” the Thunder led the ECHL in attendance for four consecutive seasons and drew over 200,000 fans for the seventh consecutive season in 2011-12. Season Tickets, Group Tickets and Mini-Plans for 2012-13 are on sale now. For more information about tickets, merchandise, or other inquiries contact the Stockton Thunder offices at (209) 373-1500 or visit www.StocktonThunder.com.