Thunder Inks Rookie Forward Merasty

Monday, August 21 2017 11:34 AM

Wichita, KS (August 21st) - The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers, AHL's Bakersfield Condors and powered by Toyota, announced today the signing of forward Shaquille Merasty.

"I'm very excited to be coming to the Thunder," commented Merasty. "Coach and I have had a few good phone conversations and the fit just seemed right. I'm excited to be making the jump to pro hockey and I feel like I grew more mature as a player every year I spent playing University in Canada. I'm really looking forward to this season and everything the city of Wichita has to offer."

Merasty, 26, turns pro after spending the last three seasons playing for the University of Manitoba (CIS). The Thompson, Manitoba native recorded 74 points (33g, 74a) in 82 games for the Bisons. His best year came during the 2015-16 campaign when he tallied 14 goals and 30 points in 28 games.

"Shaq is a big body that has shown a real nose for the net," stated Head Coach Malcolm Cameron. "He possesses a quick release and with his large frame, he's tough to move in front of the net."

Prior to heading to Canadian university, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound forward attended Adrian College (NCAA DIII) and was named the USCHO D-III Rookie of the Year Award. Described as a natural goal scorer, Merasty helped Adrian win its sixth consecutive MCHA title in 2012-13. He was tield for 10th in the nation in overall scoring with 38 points (22g, 16a) in 28 games. Merasty finished tied for seventh in the country in power play goals with eight and tied for third nationally in game-winning goals with five.

Merasty becomes the 14th player announced this offseason and joins Matt DeBlouw, Dyson Stevenson, Jeremy Beaudry, Travis Ewanyk, Etienne Boutet, Justin Hamonic, Istvan Sofron, Louick Marcotte, Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin, Justin Crandall, Jamie Doornbosch and Gerrad Grant on the roster.

The 26th season of Thunder hockey kicks off on Friday, October 13th against the Indy Fuel.

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