Stockton Signs Affiliation Deals
With Edmonton And San Jose

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder of the ECHL and Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League have reached a one-year affiliation agreement for the 2010-11 season effective immediately, Thunder president Dan Chapman announced today in conjunction with the Oilers at a news conference at Stockton Arena.

For the fifth consecutive season, Stockton will serve as the AA minor-league affiliate for Oilers prospects. Since the Thunder and Oilers began their partnership in 2006-07, the Thunder has advanced to the Kelly Cup Playoffs four consecutive years and seven former Thunder players – right wing Troy Bodie, goaltender Devan Dubnyk, right wing Colin McDonald, center Ryan O’Marra, center Tim Sestito, left wing Liam Reddox and defenseman Bryan Young – have gone on to play in the NHL.

The Thunder also announced that they have reached a one-year affiliation agreement with the San Jose Sharks for the 2010-11 season effective immediately, Thunder president Dan Chapman announced today in conjunction with the Sharks at a news conference at Stockton Arena.

Stockton will serve as the AA minor-league affiliate for Sharks prospects, aligning two professional Northern California hockey clubs separated by just over 80 miles of distance.

Team Press Release