Bauer Returns To Wichita For Second Season

Thursday, July 5 2018 12:27 PM

Wichita, KS (July 5th) - The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers, AHL's Bakersfield Condors and powered by Toyota, announced today the re-signing of forward Lane Bauer for the 2018-19 season.

"Lane had a very solid rookie season for us last year," commented Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. "He played in all situations, was consistent and reliable. His best performance came in the playoffs where he was a force on the PP and PK and was dominant in the face-off circle. We're excited to have Lane back and know he will be a big piece of the puzzle this season."

Bauer, 22, had a solid rookie season, notching 37 points (9g, 28a) in 63 games and was terrific in the face-off circle in the playoffs. A native of Anchorage, Alaska, the 5-foot-11, 192-pound forward finished tied for 11th in assists by a rookie last year.

"When I think about coming back to Wichita, I feel pure excitement," said Bauer. "It's a great city and organization to play for. It also helps having a great group of guys and staff, which we had. I think I got the rookie jitters out of the way and I can't wait to get started in the fall."

Prior to turning pro, Bauer spent four seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Edmonton Oil Kings and Kamloops Blazers. The dynamic forward potted 207 points (97g, 110a) in 261 games and served as an alternate captain in 2016-17 for the Oil Kings. He netted 40 points ( 25g, 15a) in 40 games with Edmonton before being sent to Kamloops in January. Bauer finished the season with 11 goals and 31 points in 31 games for the Blazers and added three points (2g, 1a) in six playoff games.

In 2013-14, Bauer was a part of the Memorial Cup winning team in Edmonton, which was his first year in junior hockey. His point- production increased each season and it helped earn him a spot in rookie camp with the Edmonton Oilers in Penticton last year and tryout camp in Bakersfield.

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