Hit the ice with the Wichita Thunder, a minor-league ECHL team that has been playing at INTRUST Bank Arena since 2010. When the Blue Line was founded in 1992, they were one of the original six Central Hockey League teams. The CHL folded in 2014, sending the Thunder to the ECHL.
The Thunder has won three championship titles, and has ranked in top three in the league 12 times since 1992. For the longest time, the Thunder was an unaffiliated team. That means they had no direct ties to any National or American League teams. As of 2017, the team has signed a contract with the Edmonton Oilers (NHL) and Bakersfield Condors (AHL). The Wichita Thunder hockey season runs Oct.-Mar. at INTRUST Bank Arena.
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When you head to a game, you’ll feel the powerful cheers and chants echoing throughout INTRUST Bank Arena; it’s no wonder the team is called the Thunder. Helping hype the crowd is the Blue Line’s mascot, Sonic Thunderdog. T-Dog runs around INTRUST throwing prizes and hanging out with the Thunder’s incredible fan base. Sometimes you can catch him being ornery and cruising around in the Zamboni. Thunderdog has been pumping up Thunder fans for more than 20 years. The Wichita Thunder hockey team is owned by Rodney, Brandon and Johnny Steven.