Thunder ready for season opener and Bruce Ramsay era

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Hockey season is here! The Wichita Thunder hit the ice for their first game of 2019 on Friday against the Indy Fuel. 

When the puck drops it will also be Bruce Ramsay's debut as the Thunder head coach. The Thunder are in action on Friday and Saturday at Intrust Bank Arena, both games are at 7 p.m. 

Ramsay will try to lead the Thunder back to the playoffs, something they've missed out on in five of the last six years. 

As the Thunder prepare for their season opener here's what Ramsay says fans can expect out of his team. 

"We are going to have a hardworking team. We are going to outwork teams. Sometimes we might not have the most skill as other teams do, but in my mind work ethic always beats skill. So we're going to go out there and work hard and be the kind of team, that "lunch pail" team that gives it every shift," said Ramsay. "I think the fans are going to love it." 

The Thunder started training camp a little over a week ago, so this team hasn't had a lot of time to get used to Ramsay but they're ready to get out there and play for him.


"You know he has a very wide knowledge of hockey. He played, he coached obviously in the American League and the Central League for a while too," said Thunder player/coach Stefan Fournier. "I think he's just a well respected coach, you know he's prepared everyday so that trickles down through the lineup as well."


"He just seems like a guy that you just want to go through a wall for," said Thunder defenseman Riley Weselowski. "He is just as honest as a coach as they come, and he's a real straight shooter."