Wichita, Kan. – The Wichita Thunder announced that goaltender Tyler Bunz has been assigned to the club by the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers from the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League.
Bunz, 22, begins his third professional season and first in Wichita. The Regina, Saskatchewan native spent time with the Bakersfield Condors and Stockton Thunder, along with six appearances with the Barons, over the last two years. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound netminder has a combined pro record of 23-21-6 with a 3.27 goals-against average and an .889 save percentage. Last season, he was called up and made his first AHL career start on Nov. 9 at San Antonio, making 34 saves in a 3-2 shootout loss. Bunz earned his first AHL win on Nov. 12 against the Rampage, stopping 34 shots in a 3-2 victory. He finished the season with the Condors, going 5-2-3 in 13 appearances with a 2.55 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage.
A fifth-round selection (121st overall) of Edmonton Oilers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Bunz played a five-year junior career for Medicine Hat of the WHL. He shattered the program’s record for wins (115), surpassing some impressive names like Kelly Hrudey and Chris Osgood. He was named the Tigers’ regular season and playoff Most Valuable Player in 2012 and was selected as a WHL Eastern Conference First Team All-Star. He added to his awards that year by winning the Del Wilson Trophy as the WHL’s top goaltender.