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Bates agrees to terms with Wichita

Thursday, July 21st
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WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Edmonton Oilers and American Hockey League's Bakersfield Condors, announced that forward Peter Bates has signed for the 2022-23 season. 

Bates, 25, turned pro last season after finishing his college career at St. Norbert College. A native of Evanston, Illinois, Bates had five points (3g-2a) in 11 games for the Atlanta Gladiators. 

His best season at the collegiate level came last year when he racked up 58 points (28g-30a) in 31 games. Bates led all of NCAA Division III in scoring and was named the 2021-22 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year.

In 2019-20, Bates racked up 40 points (15g-25a) in 29 games. He earned the NCHA Player of the Year, AHCA First Team All-American, All-USCHO Second Team and named to the NCHA All-Conference Team.

During his freshman campaign, Bates collected 28 points (11g-17a) in 32 games. He helped St. Norbert to an NCAA Division III National Championship and was named to the NCHA All-Freshman Team. 

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