One of the most productive pieces to the Wichita Thunder's 2011-2012 season, which resulted in a CHL Finals appearance, is returning to the team, according to a source familiar with the signing.
Matt Robinson, the Thunder's finalist for a CHL MVP award last season, will rejoin the team on the ice Friday night, the source says.
Robinson had left the team prior to the season for an opportunity with the Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) where he posted a goal and 4 assists in 17 games. The source says Robinson had been inquiring about a return to the Thunder for the past month, but the two sides could not make the deal happen until now.
In his 2011-2012 season with Wichita, the South Surrey, BC native was third on the team in scoring with 34 goals and 24 assists. He also scored one of the biggest goals in Thunder history, netting a series-clinching winner against the Texas Brahmas in overtime of Game 6 in Fort Worth.
The Thunder defeated Rapid City 3-1 in the first of what will be three consecutive games visiting the Rush. Robinson is expected to suit up in the second game of that series on Friday.