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Thunder Add Former Idaho Steelhead for Stretch Run

Wichita, KS (March 23rd) – The Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League announced Friday that forward Garett Bembridge signed a contract.

Bembridge, 30, was drafted by the NHL's New York Rangers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft and again in the 2001 draft by the Calgary Flames. Bembridge had an impressive junior career, playing in his hometown for the Saskatoon Blades. In three full seasons with the Blades, he scored 88 goals and 186 points in 212 games.

The Melfort, Saskatchewan native spent two different seasons in Idaho of the ECHL, being named a starter and assistant captain for the 2006 ECHL All-Star Game. Over the course of 52 games played with the Steelheads in 2005-06, Bembridge scored 75 points (36g-39a), and split time with the AHL's Portland Pirates and Syracuse Crunch. He played under former Thunder coach Derek Laxdal in 2005-06 and rejoined the Steelheads in 2008-09 where he was a teammate of Thunder defenseman Travis Wight.

Bembridge has 239 games of AHL experience in his career and tallied up 74 points (35g-39a) with the Saint John Flames, Lowell Lock Monsters, Syracuse, and Portland.

He played the 2004-05 season overseas with Crimmitschau ETC of the German Elite League and began the 2007-08 season with Schwenningen ERC, notching a European total 70 points (31g-39a) in 74 games played. He left Germany mid-way through 2007-08 and joined the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies where he recorded 28 points (11g-17a) in 38 games played.

Wichita returns to the Air Capital for the final two home games of the season on Friday and Saturday as Allen and Evansville come to town. For tickets, call 755-SEAT, visit the INTRUST Bank Arena box office or online at .

Wichita Thunder playoff packages and season tickets for 2012-13 are now on sale.  A $50 dollar non-refundable deposit is required for all season tickets. Contact the Wichita Thunder Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at (316) 264-4625 if you are interested in playoff packages or season tickets, or visit the fan relations table behind section 120 at any Wichita Thunder home game.

Individual tickets are on sale now for Games 1 and 2 in the CHL Playoffs. Game 1 is set for Friday, March 30th at 7:05 p.m. and Game 2 is set for Sunday, April 1st at 5:05 p.m. Join the Blue Revolution!




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