WICHITA, Kansas – Hosting a free showcase over the weekend, the Wichita Thunder welcomed players from around the globe to try out for the team. Athletes from as far as Canada and Scandinavia competed for an invitation to make it to the Thunder’s training camp in October. More than 30 hopefuls showed up for the opportunity.
Simon Nordh of Sweden told KSN, “I want to show myself and let them know I’m able to play professional here (in the United States).”
Fellow Swede-Anton Lennartsson said, “It’s always been motivating for me to play hockey over here in America, so when I got the opportunity, I was never weak about it, I was going.”
The showcase featured talent from America as well. Traveling from New Jersey, Scott Morongell said, “I was kind of looking around to see where I’d like to go-kind of searching the web, found the free agent camp on line and thought it’d be a great place to play next season.”
Thunder coach & former Edmonton Oiler Kevin McClelland added, “It’s good, the excitement out there is fantastic, I’m hopeful we can find that diamond in the rough.”