Thunder Adds Former WHL Scoring Champ

Thursday, July 28 2016 10:30 AM

Wichita, KS (July 28th) - The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators and powered by Toyota, announced today that Head Coach Malcolm Cameron has come to terms with forward Mitch Holmberg for the 2016-17 season.

"Mitch has elite level hands and skill as evidenced by his junior numbers," commented Cameron. "He was able to build on that in Europe last year and we look toward to seeing him score with the Thunder this season."

Holmberg, 23, returns to North America after playing one season for Szekesfehervar II of the MOL Liga in Hungary. A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, the 5-foot-10, 181-pound forward recorded 68 points (37g, 31a) in 48 games as well as 17 points (6g, 11a) in nine playoffs games. Holmberg is entering his third season as a pro after signing an amateur try-out with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2013-14. He played eight games for the Bakersfield Condors during his rookie season in 2014-15 before heading to the Elmira Jackals where he finished with 14 points (6g, 8a) in 32 games.

"I am looking forward to playing with the Thunder this season," said Holmberg. "I'm excited for the opportunity to start the year with this group of guys. It's been a long summer and I'm ready for this to get going back in the states."

Prior to turning pro, Holmberg had a decorated junior career with the Western Hockey League's Spokane Chiefs. He piled up 296 points (147g, 149a) in 314 games and was awarded the Bobby Clarke Trophy as the WHL's leading scorer in 2013-14 with 118 points (62g, 56a). He led the league with 62 goals and was one of just three players to score 60 or more goals in a single WHL season since 2000-01.

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