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Bunz Makes Thunder History in NHL Debut

April 3, 2015 - ECHL (ECHL) - Wichita Thunder News Release

Former Wichita Thunder Goaltender Tyler Bunz
Former Wichita Thunder Goaltender Tyler Bunz
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Wichita, KS (April 3rd) - The Wichita Thunder, proud member of the ECHL and powered by Toyota, are excited to announce that goaltender Tyler Bunz made his NHL debut last night for the Edmonton Oilers. Bunz becomes the first player in team history to play in Wichita and make it to the big club in the same season.

Bunz, 23, appeared in 17 games this season for the Thunder, going 6-10-0-1 with a goals against average of 2.97. The St. Albert, Alberta native is a former fifth round draft pick (#121 overall) of the Edmonton Oilers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He was called up to the Barons in early February, which was the third time he had been sent back to the Oilers' AHL affiliate.

Last night, Bunz entered the game against the Los Angeles Kings in the third period after starter Ben Scrivens was pulled for allowing five goals in two periods of work. He stopped nine of 12 shots he faced in 20 minutes of playing time. Netminder Richard Bachman left the team earlier in the week for personal reasons, prompting his call-up to the Oilers and met the team in Anaheim, serving as the back-up.

The Thunder organization would like to congratulate Tyler for making his debut!

Wichita plays tomorrow night against the Brampton Beast starting at 7:05 p.m. Join us for an Easter Egg Hunt before the game. Details are listed on our Facebook page. Tomorrow night is also NWTF Night. The team will be wearing special uniforms with the proceeds benefiting the NWTF. Visit them online to learn more,

Individual tickets are on sale now. Don't delay! Tickets can be purchased at the INTRUST Arena Box office, by calling 755-SEAT or go online at Stay up-to-date on all the news during the season by visiting

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Former Wichita Thunder Goaltender Tyler Bunz
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