WICHITA — The Wichita Thunder hockey team added four players to its training camp roster for the 2019-20 season.
Players added include forward Chris Crane, defenseman Sean Allen, defenseman Devin Campbell and goaltender Mitch Gillam.
Crane is an eight-year pro. He was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round, 200th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
After three years at Ohio State, where he scored 24 goals with 19 assists in 110 games, he signed with the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League in 2013, playing in eight games.
He played in 32 games over parts of four seasons with Worcester/San Jose Barracuda, scoring a goal with eight assists.
He spent parts of six seasons in the ECHL with San Francisco, Ontario, Missouri, Allen, Orlando, Norfolk and Toledo.
In 279 ECHL games, he scored 92 goals with 89 assists. He also has 16 goals with 25 assists in 61 ECHL playoff games.
He spent last season with Norfolk, scoring 15 goals with 10 assists in 34 games; and Toledo, scoring two goals with an assist in five games. He played in 21 playoff games with Toledo last season, scoring three goals with seven assists. Toledo lost in the Kelly Cup Finals in six games to the Newfoundland Growlers.
He helped lead Allen to the Kelly Cup title in 2015.
Allen is a rookie, who spent the last five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, a Canadian Major Junior League. He played with the Kitchener Rangers, Oshawa Generals and Windsor Spitfires.
In 155 OHL games, he scored two goals with 20 assists. He played in 20 playoff games, scoring an assists.
He was invited to the St. Louis Blues training camp.
Campbell is a rookie, who played college hockey at Niagara University and Oswego State (SUNY-Oswego). He played 29 games at Niagara, scoring an assist.
He then transferred to NCAA Division III Oswego State, scoring a goal with 22 assists in 64 games. He helped lead the Lakers to the NCAA Division III regionals as a sophomore and again as a senior. He was named to the SUNYAC Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll as a senior and was the conference’s defensive player of the year.
Gillam is a third-year pro from Cornell University, where he was 47-28-17 in four seasons. In 97 games, he posted 2,403 saves, a .918 save percentage and a 2.15 goals-against-average. He posted 11 shutouts. He also had four assists as a goaltender.
He helped lead Cornell to the NCAA Division I Regionals as a senior. He was a two-time All-Ivy League second-team selection.
He finished the 2016-17 season with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL, going 0-1-0 in two games with an .833 save percentage and a 6.34 GAA. He spent the next two seasons with the Worcester Railers of the ECHL, going 46-30-7 with 2,266 saves and a 2.59 GAA.
He was named to the ECHL All-Star Classic last season.
He also played a game with Bridgeport of the AHL, allowing a goal with 17 saves.
PLAYERS TO WEAR JERSEY OF HOPE — The Thunder players will wear a special Jersey of Hope Nov. 8 as part of Hockey Fights Cancer Night. For $100, fans can get four tickets to the game and add a name to the jersey of someone who battled cancer. Only 100 names will be placed on the jerseys. The deadline to add a name is Sept. 10.
For more information, contact Anthony Benge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
McPHERSON — McPherson College named Jesse “J.T.” Alexander as its new men’s track and field coach.
Alexander succeeds Robert Spies, who resigned to take another head coaching job.
A 2014 graduate of Augustana College, he spent a season as an assistant at his alma mater, helping lead the school to a top-five finish in the NCAA Division III nationals.
He spent a season as an assistant at Cedar Falls High School in Iowa, where he worked with the sprinters. He helped lead the team to a runner-up state team finish.
He spent the past three seasons at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, where he coached sprints, hurdles and jumps. During his tenure at USM, the school produced 39 school records, 165 All-KCAC performers, seven KCAC title holders, 29 NAIA National qualifiers, five NAIA All-Americans and one NAIA national champion.
He inherits a men’s team that finished third in the KCAC and 21st at the NAIA indoors; and third in the KCAC and 57th in the NAIA outdoors.
The women were fifth in the KCAC and 21st in the NAIA indoors; and fourth in the KCAC and 46th in the NAIA outdoors.
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PARK CITY — The Legacy Fighting Alliance will host LFA 76 Sept. 13 at Hartman Arena.
The main event will feature Trey Ogden (12-3) against Nick “Nyquil” Browne (8-1) in a lightweight match (155 pounds).
"I am excited to announce that LFA will be coming to Kansas at LFA 76," LFA CEO Ed Soares said. "Trey Ogden has looked amazing inside the LFA Octagon. He returns after a third dominant performance for us in February. He will face Nick Browne, who is a talented BJJ black belt from Pennsylvania. This will be an exciting main event for our first visit to the Wichita area on Sept. 13.”
Also on the card will be bantamweights (135 pounds) Eric Ellington (7-1) against Jacob Thrall (5-2-1).
The remainder of the card is to be announced.
The card will be televised live on AXS TV at 8 p.m. Tickets will be available at www.ticketmaster.com.