Wichita inks Shantz, Leroux

Wichita, Kan. – The Wichita Thunder announced that they have agreed to terms with goaltender David Shantz and forward Paxton Leroux for the 2015-16 season.

Shantz, 29, returns to the pro ranks after playing this past season for the University of New Brunswick of the CIS. A native of Burlington, Ontario, the 6-foot-2, 212-pound netminder was a second-round selection (37th overall) of the Florida Panthers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Shantz has appeared in 159 career ECHL games, going 82-54-15 with a goals-against average of 2.86 and a save percentage of .905. He was selected to the ECHL All-Star Game in 2007 and 2010.

Prior to turning pro, Shantz had an outstanding junior career with the Mississauga IceDogs and the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League. He started 43 games for the IceDogs in 2003-04, posting a 2.90 goals-against average and .911 save percentage and was named to the CHL All-Rookie Team and played in the Top Prospects Game. In 2005-06, he was sent to the Petes and helped them to an OHL championship, playing in 19 postseason games with a 2.62 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.

Leroux, 22, enters his second season as a pro and first in Wichita. A native of Peterborough, Ontario, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward joined the pro ranks last year with the Quad City Mallards. In 43 contests, he collected three assists and amassed 176 penalty minutes. He was invited to the New York Rangers training camp the past two seasons before joining the Mallards in October. Leroux spent his junior career with the London Knights and the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. In 36 career games, he collected 100 penalty minutes to go along with two points and was a part of the 2012-13 OHL championship team in London.