BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Sea Wolves announced that they have signed forward Bill Kinkel.
The Sea Wolves are the ECHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League and the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.
Selected in the ninth round (281st overall) by the New Jersey Devils in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, the 23 year old had six goals and 72 penalty minutes in 22 games for Utah in 2006-07 after beginning the season with Florida where he had 95 penalty minutes in 25 games.
After being forced by Hurricane Katrina to wait two seasons, Mississippi will finally be able to celebrate its “Decade in the Den” on Oct. 27 when it hosts Reading. The Sea Wolves have sold the most season tickets in team history as fans eagerly anticipate their return to the ice at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum for the first time since Apr. 15, 2005. Located in Biloxi, the Sea Wolves had a Voluntary Suspension each of the last two seasons under the ECHL’s hardship provisions after the arena and the team office housed within suffered extensive damage.