Milan, Martell join Thunder blue line

Wichita, Kan. – The Wichita Thunder announced that they have agreed to terms with defensemen Dan Milan and Brandon Martell for the 2015-16 season.

Milan, 23, will enter his second year in Wichita and fourth as a pro. A native of Detroit, Mich., the 6-foot-3, 206-pound blueliner set new career highs last season in assists (16), points (17) and penalty minutes (178). Milan signed an entry-level contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2011. Last season, he was called-up twice to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League. Prior to turning pro, Milan played 130 games in the QMJHL with the Moncton Wildcats and Victoriaville Tigres. He earned All-Rookie Team honors in 2010-11 when he tallied 38 points (14g-24a) with Moncton.

Martell, 26, enters his third full season as a pro and first in Wichita. A native of Andover, Minn., the 6-foot-3, 210-pound defenseman played in 17 games last season for the Rapid City Rush before being traded to the Evansville IceMen in December. After playing a four-year career at the Ohio State University, Martell played three games in 2012-13 with the Kalamazoo Wings. Overall, he’s appeared in 125 games in the ECHL collecting 28 points (12g-16a) and 75 penalty minutes. The former Buckeye received Academic All-Big Ten honors twice during his time at Ohio State.