Thunder Re-Sign Flath, Add Skilled Forward TrimmJuly 11, 2012 - Central Hockey League (CHL) Wichita Thunder
Flath returns for his second go-around after joining the team last season 24 games in. A native of Park City, UT, Flath recorded a career-high 23 goals in just 42 games and also scored a career-best nine goals in the Thunder's playoff run. His first professional hat trick on March 20th against the Texas Brahmas helped Wichita clinch the Governor's Cup for the most overall points during the regular season.
"I'm really excited to be coming back to Wichita," stated Flath. "It's a great place to play with amazing fans. We came so close last year and hopefully we can get back to the finals and bring back the cup to a city that deserves it."
Flath will begin his sixth professional season after spending time in Austin, Corpus Christi, Mississippi, Oklahoma City and Rapid City. Flath started last year overseas with Sheffield of the EIHL before returning state-side. For his career, Flath has played in 285 professional games, accumulating 179 points (88g, 91a). Prior to the start of his pro career, Flath played at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where his career numbers with the Raiders included 37 goals, 64 points, and 131 penalty minutes over two seasons. Flath played his junior hockey for the Soo Indians of the NAHL, where he scored 50 goals, 92 points, and received 272 penalty minutes over his four-year career.
The Thunder also announced the signing of highly skilled forward Neil Trimm. A native of Westmeath, ONT, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder is entering his fifth professional season after spending last year in Laredo. In 2010-11, he finished 11th in the CHL in scoring by posting 80 points (22g, 58a). During the 2009-10 campaign, Trimm compiled 30 points (14 goals, 16 assists) despite missing 21 games due to injury. He began his professional career in 2008-09 with the New Mexico Scorpions and ranked 10th in CHL rookie scoring with 44 points (17g, 27a).
"I'm really excited to be a part of a first class organization," said Trimm. "I've heard a lot of great things about the city of Wichita, the organization and the fans. I'm looking forward to competing for a championship this upcoming season."
Before turning professional, Trimm played at Neumann College (NCAA D-III) where he compiled 175 points (61g, 114a) in 85 career games. Trimm is still the Knights all-time leading scorer, all-time leader in assists, as well as second all-time in goals. During his time with the Knights, he earned All-American honors and was a two-time ECAC West All-Star. He had his number "9" retired following his senior season in 2007-08.
"We are very excited to be adding both of these guys into the mix for the upcoming season," commented Head Coach Kevin McClelland. "Flath was a great addition to our team mid-December and am looking forward to see him contribute for a full season. We are happy to bring in a guy with the skills that Neil has. He was one of the top scorers in the league a few years ago and he will be able to step right in and contribute for us next season."
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