STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder announced that right wing Marc-Andre Bernier, defenseman Cleve Kinley, rookie goaltender Andrew Perugini and veteran forward Cory Urquhart have been assigned to Stockton from the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.
The Thunder are the ECHL affiliate of the Thunder of the AHL and the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League. Charlie Huddy, who coached in the ECHL in 1996-97, is an assistant coach with the Oilers.
Selected in the second round (60th overall) by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the 23-year-old Bernier had 48 points (21g-27a) in 59 regular season games and six goals in 11 Kelly Cup Playoff games for Victoria in 2007-08.
The 24-year-old Kinley had 34 points (6g-28a) and 63 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games and 13 points (5g-8a) and 10 penalty minutes in nine Kelly Cup Playoff games for Texas as a rookie in 2007-08 while also playing in the AHL where he had two assists and two penalty minutes in 10 games for Grand Rapids.
The 20-year-old Perugini has played the last four years in the Ontario Hockey League where he was 75-40-3 with six shutouts, a goals-against average of 3.00 and a save percentage of .915 in 123 games for Barrie and Sarnia.
Selected in the second round (40th overall) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the 24-year-old Urquhart had 23 points (14g-9a) and 22 penalty minutes in 21 games for Cincinnati in 2007-08 while also playing in the AHL where he had nine points (5g-4a) and 14 penalty minutes in 21 games for Hamilton and in the Central Hockey League where he had 33 points (20g-13a) and six penalty minutes in 16 regular season games and 27 points (17g-10a) and 14 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games for Arizona.