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Bruce in the 316

The potential return of Kyle Bruce has been a hot rumor among Wichita Thunder fans for weeks. It’s more than rumor now. Bruce, a tough and physical forward, arrived in Wichita today. He could practice as early as tomorrow, but he has to undergo a physical first, Thunder coach Brent Bilodeau said.

Bruce can impact a game in a number of ways, as evidenced by his numbers. In 2007-08 in Wichita, he had 13 goals, 13 assists and 247 penalty minutes in 61 games. Last season, playing for Manchester Phoenix of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom, he scored 40 points and had 179 penalty minutes in 58 games.

Bruce isn’t expected to play this weekend; his immigration paperwork still needs to be completed, Bilodeau said.

For what it’s worth, he also has a Wikipedia entry.

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