Keoni Texeira, a 21-year-old from Fontana, Calif., whose father is from Hawaii, is the top prospect of the ECHL’s Wichita Thunder. The defenseman was in camp with the Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL last September.
Wichita Thunder coach Malcolm Cameron is entering his third season with the organization and said the team is learning to cater to the Wichita audience. The Thunder are coming off a semifinal appearance.
The Edmonton Oilers have extended their affiliation agreement through the 2018-19 season with the Wichita Thunder. The NHL club will be able to designate players within their development system with the Thunder.
The Thunder will join forces with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers for the upcoming season. Wichita’s one-year deal with the Ottawa Senators began with promise but ended with the second-worst record in the ECHL.