Thunderbolts add MacDonald, three others

10/11/2017 5:03 PM -

Evansville Thunderbolts Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Jeff Pyle has signed returning forward Justin MacDonald, goaltender Jeremy Brodeur, forward Tyler Van Kleef and forward Tyler Deresky to training camp.  Evansville hits the ice on Saturday, Oct. 21 for the 2017-18 home opener against the Peoria Rivermen.


  • Justin MacDonald (forward) — At 6-foot-1, 190-pounds, MacDonald, a native of Newmarket, Ont., needs no introduction, as one of Evansville’s more prolific offensive producers last season.  He tallied 9 goals and 15 assists in 26 games with the Thunderbolts last season, while also playing 29 games in the ECHL last season — three with the Indy Fuel and 26 with the Cincinnati Cyclones.


  • Jeremy Brodeur (goaltender) — Brodeur is entering pro hockey following three seasons in the OHL with the Oshawa Generals, this past season posting a 33-14-2 record with a .916 save percentage.  Brodeur is a native of Essex Fells, N.J. and measures 6-foot-1, 186-pounds.


  • Tyler Deresky (forward) — Another New Jersey native from the town of Flemington, the 6-foot, 200-pound defender spent the past four seasons with Bentley University, scoring 14 goals, 20 assists and 34 points in 131 games.  Prior to Bentley, Deresky spent time in the USHL with Lincoln and Des Moines, as well as the NAHL, with Amarillo.


  • Tyler Van Kleef (forward) — Van Kleef, who is from Dundas, Ont., comes to Evansville following a four-year run at Curry College, the last season being his best, posting 30 points in 26 games, including 15 goals.  Van Kleef concluded this performance with a one-game debut in the ECHL with the South Carolina Stingrays.  Tyler measures at 6-foot, 180-pounds.


These four additions join a tremendous lineup for Thunderbolts training camp, which includes Garrett Allen, Dylan Clarke, Vytal Cote, Nick D’Avolio, Mike Fazio, Tommy Fiorentino, Derek Gingera, Al Graves, Rob Hall, Jonah Imoo, Brendan Jensen, Nick Kohn, Mike Kelly, Brandon Lubin, Cory Melkert, Melvin Nichols, Chase Nieuwendyk, Ryan Patsch, Mark Petaccio, John Scorcia, Brandon Wahlin, and Dave Williams.


Training camp for this season continues throughout this week.  Camp takes place at Swonder from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, before coming back to Ford Center from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. 


Season tickets are as low as $11 per game.  To order your tickets for next season, call 812-422-BOLT.


About Evansville Thunderbolts: The Evansville Thunderbolts is the area’s only professional hockey team.  The Thunderbolts are a proud member of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).  The team is owned and operated by VW Sports, L.L.C, a subsidiary of VenuWorks, Inc.

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