Stockton, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder announced that the team has renewed its affiliation agreement with the NHL’s New York Islanders and AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the 2014-15 season.
“We are thrilled to once again have the Stockton Thunder as our organization’s ECHL affiliate,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “The Thunder do a great job of developing players from the ECHL, to the AHL, and eventually the New York Islanders.”
“The Islanders were a great partner last season,” Thunder Team President Brian Sandy said. “On the ice, they provided a steady stream of talent that provided depth to our team. In the community, they gave the Thunder the flexibility to create the ‘Rough & Ready Islanders’ brand, which was and still is very popular. We look forward to continuing and growing our relationship.”
The 2014-15 season marks the second straight year that the Thunder will be affiliated with the New York Islanders and Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Four Islanders prospects suited up for the Thunder last year including former third-round picks Andrey Pedan, Kirill Kabanov and Jason Clark, along with former sixth-round pick Alan Quine.
All four of those players played in Bridgeport last season along with 10 other players who also saw time with the Thunder: Riley Wetmore, Mathieu Coderre-Gagnon, Jeremy Langlois, Ben Rosen, Adam Brace, Sean Escobedo, Marc Cantin, Parker Milner, Joey Martin and Andrew Clark.
Thunder Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Rich Kromm played parts of seven seasons with the Islanders from 1985 to 1993. Coach Kromm played 183 games with the team, finishing his Islanders career with 27 goals, 42 assists (69 points) and a +10 rating.
Last season, the Islanders suited up five players that have spent time in the ECHL, including Colin McDonald who played a handful of games for the Thunder during the 2008-09 season. Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano began his coaching career in the ECHL as an assistant before becoming the head coach of the ECHL’s Knoxville Cherokees and Pee Dee Pride from 1996 to 2001.