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Thunder Add Defenseman; Make Roster Moves

November 9, 2013 - Central Hockey League (CHL) - Wichita Thunder News Release

Wichita, KS (November 9th) - The Wichita Thunder of the Central Hockey League, Powered by Toyota, made several roster moves today including the signing of defenseman Karl Linden. Also, the team announced that defenseman Jesse Dudas has been activated from IR and is expected to be in tonight's line-up against the Missouri Mavericks.

Linden, 26, joins the Thunder after playing last season for the Arizona Sundogs of the CHL. A native of Sundbyberg, Sweden, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound defenseman played in 41 games last season, recording nine assists. The third-year blue liner began his pro career in 2011-12 with the Quad City Mallards before heading to Evansville, where he totaled seven points (1g, 6a) in 50 games. Prior to turning pro, Linden played a four-year career at Elmira College (NCAA D-III), where he earned several honors including being named to the ECAC West All-Rookie Team in 2007-08 and ECAC West All-Conference Team in 2008-09. In 103 career games at Elmira, Linden recorded 79 points (19g, 60a).

Defenseman Jon Madden has been placed on 14-Day IR along with Tyler Hostetter, who has been moved from 7-Day to the 14-Day IR. Defenseman Garrett Gruenke has put on the 7-Day IR. Forward Ian Lowe has been moved from the 14-Day IR to the 30-Day IR.

Wichita returns home tonight to finish a back-to-back against Missouri at 7:05 p.m. Saturday is Family Four Pack Night. Fans can purchase four tickets, four hot dogs, and four small drinks all for just $60!

Individual game tickets are on sale now. Season tickets and mini plans are still available. Don't delay, contact the Wichita Thunder Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at (316) 264-4625. Stay up-to-date on all the news this off-season by visiting

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