Back-to-Back Championship Teams Elected to Wichita Sports HOF

Tuesday, February 24 2015 5:06 PM

Wichita, KS (Feb. 24th) – The Wichita Sports Hall of Fame and Museum announced their 2015 Class of Inductees last week and the team category went to the 1993-94 and 1994-95 Wichita Thunder. In just their second and third year of the franchise, Wichita won back-to-back Central Hockey League Championships. The induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, April 18th at Hillside Christian Church beginning at 2 p.m.

Led by Doug Shedden, the Thunder won two-straight titles and were dominant on home-ice. Between 1993-95, Wichita went 50-10-9 and took first place during the regular season. In 1993-93, the Thunder beat Dallas four games-to-three during the semi-finals and swept the Tulsa Oilers four games-to-none for the their first championship. The following year was much of the same, going 44-18-4 during the regular season and taking the crown with a semi-final win over the Oklahoma City Blazers followed by a four games-to-two victory over San Antonio in the Finals.

The media and past Hall of Fame inductees elected seven of the 2015 inductees while the advisory committee elected the other three plus the team category. For more information on the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame, visit them online at www.wichitahof.com. There is no cost to attend, but fans must make reservations in advance by calling 316-264-5222.

Wichita has a few days off and will get back after it this Friday with the Brampton Beast coming to town for the first time this season. Friday night is the first-ever Adult Jersey give-a-way. The first 1,000 adults 13 and over in attendance will get this special jersey, courtesy of the Kansas National Guard. Friday is also Wichita State University Night as we help the fans show their Shocker pride. Join the team at Chili's at Central and Maize road afterwards for a post-game party and meet your favorite players.

Individual tickets are on sale now. Don’t delay! Tickets can be purchased at the INTRUST Arena Box office, by calling 755-SEAT or go online at www.selectaseat.com. Stay up-to-date on all the news during the season by visiting www.wichitathunder.com.

About the ECHL

The ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and one Canadian province for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 541 players who have started their career in the ECHL have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, including 29 who made their NHL debuts in the 2013-14 season. The ECHL had affiliations with 26 of the 30 NHL teams in 2013-14, marking the 17th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

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