Thunder add right wing Riendeau


STOCKTON, Calif. – The Stockton Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League, and head coach Matt Thomas announced the team has signed free agent right wing Yannick Riendeau.

The 5-foot-10 and 186 pound forward has collected 93 points (34g-59a) in 103 career ECHL games with the Reading Royals and earned a career high 45 points (13g-32a) in 43 games last season. He was a part of a Royals team that advanced to the Conference Finals in 2009-10 and has racked up 16 points in 18 career Kelly Cup Playoff games.

Riendeau has also skated in 64 career games in the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins and Bridgeport Sound Tigers, picking up 17 points.

The native of Boucherville, Quebec boasted 337 career points in 298 games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2004-09 with Rouyn-Noranda and Drummondville and was a teammate of Thunder center Gabriel Levesque.

In his final season in 2008-09, Riendeau finished as the leading scorer in the Canadian Hockey League and was a CHL First All-Star Team selection with 126 points in 64 games with Drummondville. He also paced QMJHL playoff scoring and set a club record with 52 points in 19 postseason games, earning the “Guy Lafleur Trophy” as Playoff MVP.