Wichita, Kan. - The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers and American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors, announced the re-signing of defenseman Samuel Thibault for the 2018-19 season.
Thibault, 22, is coming off a solid rookie season where he led the Thunder in plus/minus (+10). The second-year defenseman appeared in 43 games, collecting nine assists. He also earned a call-up to the Condors.
Prior to turning pro, Thibault played four seasons for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Baie-Comeau Drakkar. A native of Ste-Martine, Quebec, he amassed 284 penalty minutes to go along with 50 points (10g-40a) in 207 career games. He served as an alternate captain in 2015-16 and collected a career-high 134 penalty minutes. In 2016-17, Thibault was selected as the team's captain and netted a career-best 21 points (6g-25a) and 81 penalty minutes.