Wichita Thunder

minor league hockey team based in Wichita, Kansas

The Wichita Thunder are an American professional ice hockey team. They began playing in 1992 in the Central Hockey League (CHL). The team plays in the ECHL. They play their home games in Wichita, Kansas at Intrust Bank Arena. They are the ECHL affiliate for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). They are also the affiliates for the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Wichita Thunder
CityWichita, Kansas
Founded1992 (in the CHL)
Home arenaIntrust Bank Arena
ColoursBlue, black, white
General managerJoel Lomurno
Head coachBruce Ramsay
AffiliatesSan Jose Sharks (NHL)
San Jose Barracuda (AHL)
WebsiteOfficial website
Franchise history
1992–presentWichita Thunder
Regular season titles3 (1993–94, 1994–95, 2011–12)
Conference titles2 (1997–98, 2011–12)
Ray Miron President's Cup2 (1993–94, 1994–95)

During their time in the CHL, the Wichita Thunder would win two Ray Miron President's Cups. Their wins would be in back-to-back seasons in 1994 and 1995. In 1994, they would defeat the Tulsa Oilers four games to zero. In 1995, they would defeat the San Antonio Iguanas four games to two.[1]

In 2014, the CHL would end up going out of business. In October 2014, the Thunder, Allen Americans, Brampton Beast, Missouri Mavericks, Quad City Mallards, Rapid City Rush, and Tulsa Oilers would all be accepted as new teams in the ECHL.[2]

On October 25, 2014, the Wichita Thunder would play their first game in the ECHL. They would be defeated by the Allen Americans 5–3.[3]


  1. "Team History". Wichita Thunder. Retrieved February 9, 2024.
  2. "ECHL Accepts Seven New Members". ECHL. Archived from the original on October 9, 2014. Retrieved February 9, 2024.
  3. "Thunder can't keep up in ECHL debut". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved February 9, 2024.

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