Jeffrey Lutz' CHL Report from the Wichita Eagle

Jeffrey Lutz’s CHL Report (Jan. 8)

Unlike many rookies in the Central Hockey League this season, Thunder defenseman Jon Madden got a head start.

Madden played briefly in the league at the end of last season when Rio Grande Valley took advantage of roster provisions that allow players to be added in preparation for the playoffs. Madden played four regular-season games with the now-defunct Killer Bees and in their four-game postseason losses to the Thunder.

The players added late in the season or during the playoffs often don’t make rosters the following season, but Madden made enough of an impression that he was signed by Wichita this summer. Madden said he was impressed by the Thunder during the postseason and he welcomed the chance to play in Wichita.

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