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Wahlin returns to Wichita

Friday, August 18th
Action photo of Jake Wahlin of the Wichita Thunder

WICHITA, Kan. – The Wichita Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's San Jose Sharks and American Hockey League's San Jose Barracuda, announced the re-signing of forward Jake Wahlin for the 2023-24 season. 

Wahlin, 26, returns for his second full season in Wichita. The White Bear Lake, Minnesota native was acquired in 2021-22 at the trade deadline. He tallied 28 points (13g-15a) in 69 games last year and was a crucial part of the Thunder's penalty killing unit. 

In 2021-22, he had a career year with Rapid City, recording 35 points (15g-20a) in 59 games while also netting five points (2g-3a) in nine games with the Thunder. 

Wahlin brings leadership and a championship pedigree back to Wichita, having won an SPHL President's Cup title in 2020-21 with the Pensacola Ice Flyers. He tallied 37 points (19g-18a) in 37 games and was named to the SPHL All-Rookie Team, First All-Star Team and won SPHL Rookie of the Year Honors. 

Prior to turning pro, he completed a four-year career at Saint Cloud State. Wahlin helped the Huskies to back-to-back NCHC regular-season championships, finishing with 40 points (16g-24a) in 127 career NCAA games.  

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