STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder announced that rookie right wing Mathieu Melanson would make his professional hockey debut at Texas on Friday and that the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League have reassigned rookie All-Star right wing Troy Bodie to the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.
Stockton is the ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League.
Selected in the eighth round (251st overall) by the Minnesota Wild in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the 21-year-old Melanson takes the ice after attending Dalhousie University in the fall. He played the last four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he had 238 points (116g-132a) and 243 penalty minutes in 259 regular season games and 50 points (30g-20a) and 67 penalty minutes in 45 playoff games with Chicoutimi and Quebec.
Selected in the ninth round (278th overall) by Edmonton in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and under NHL contract to the Oilers, the 21-year-old Bodie is third among ECHL rookies with 21 goals and tied for fifth among first-year players with 38 points in 46 games with Stockton.