September 12, 2012
The Wichita Thunder announced today that they have come to terms with forwards Matt Tassone, Ian Lowe and defenseman Jon Madden for the 2012-13 season.
Tassone, 22, spent last year with the Ontario Reign of the ECHL. A sixth-round draft pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars, Tassone enters his third season as a pro. Last year, he tallied 13 points (5g, 8a) in 23 games with the Reign. He began his professional career in 2010-11 with the Idaho Steelheads, where he scored 10 points (7g, 3a) in 32 games.
Lowe, 26, comes to Wichita after playing his rookie season with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound center was third on the team with 12 assists and 19 points before being called up to the Texas Stars of the AHL in late December. Lowe finished the season with 26 assists and 36 points in 68 games with the Steelheads. He also earned the2011-12 Idaho Steelheads Character and Leadership Award.
Madden, 24, begins his rookie season after joining the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees last March for their playoff run. The Brighton, MI native spent four years at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (NCAA DIII), where he was named to the U.S. College Hockey Online All-West Rookie Team. In his freshman season, he recorded 17 goals. The versatile 6-foot-2, 210-pounder was asked to switch positions for his senior season and became a physical presence on the blue line for the Pointers. Madden was a three-time NCHA Honorable Mention honoree. He finished his college career with 37 goals and 71 points.