STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks, announced right winger Jim McKenzieand left winger Jason Pittonhave been loaned from the Thunder to the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League on a professional tryout agreement (PTO).
Pitton, heading to the AHL on his second call-up this season, is second on the Thunder with 14 points (5g-9a) in 15 games and leads the team with a +8 rating while posting 34 penalty minutes this year. He skated in one AHL game for Manitoba earlier this year, collecting two penalty minutes.
The Brampton, Ontario native has collected 51 career points (21g-30a) in 76 ECHL games with Stockton and Utah. In 162 career games in the AHL with Manitoba, Bridgeport and Springfield, Pitton has registered 13 goals, 30 points (13g-17a) and 152 penalty minutes.
McKenzie, 27, has skated in 16 games for the Thunder this season, scoring six points (3g-3a) while posting 15 penalty minutes. Returning to the AHL for the fourth consecutive season, he has previously suited up in 64 career games with Binghamton and Lake Erie from 2007-10, scoring eight points (3g-5a) and posting 33 penalty minutes.
Last year, the 6-foot-2, 210-pound forward totaled career-highs in points (40), goals (16) and assists (24) in 2009-10 with the Johnstown Chiefs, suiting up in 55 games and collecting 107 penalty minutes. He also skated in two AHL games with Lake Erie.