Noble returns to Thunder blue line

STOCKTON, Calif. – The
Stockton Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League, have agreed to terms with defenseman Kevin Noble, Thunder head coach and director of hockey operations Rich Kromm announced today.

Noble, 26, skated in 24 games with Stockton last season, collecting three assists with 70 penalty minutes despite missing the final 12 regular-season games and entire postseason due to injury.

The 6-foot-1, 201-pound defenseman made his professional debut in the Central Hockey League with the Missouri Mavericks during the 2012 postseason and was +4 in nine games. Previously, he skated in 139 career games at Mercyhurst University and notched 51 points and a +9 rating. Noble served as captain for Mercyhurst as a senior in 2011-12 when he racked up a career high 20 points in 40 games.