The South Carolina Stingrays signed forward Kyle Thomas and defenseman Derrick Pallis for the upcoming season.
Thomas, 23, played for Norwich University last season. In four seasons at Norwich, Thomas recorded 120 points (66 goals, 54 assists) in 109 games and served as an alternate captain his senior year. During his freshman season (2009-10), the Waltham, Mass., native was named the ECAC Rookie of the Year and helped the Cadets to the NCAA Division-III national championship. Thomas also attended the Minnesota Wild (NHL) Development Camp in the summer of 2011 and 2012.
“I’ve heard great things about the organization,” Thomas said. “I know the Stingrays coaching staff expects me to do what I’ve done my entire career: be a power forward, try and make plays and put the puck in the net.”
Thomas’ father, Bill, was a running back for the Dallas Cowboys. He played three seasons, suiting up for Dallas, Houston and Kansas City. Bill Thomas was selected in the first round (26th overall) of the 1972 NFL Draft by Dallas.
Pallis, 23, is in his second professional season. Pallis split time between the ECHL’s Trenton Titans of the ECHL and Fort Worth Brahmas, of the Central Hockey League (CHL) last year. In Trenton, the Medfield, Mass., product tallied three goals and 14 assists for 17 points in 38 contests and eight points (two goals, six assists) in 25 games and one assist in four playoff games with the Brahmas. Prior to turning pro, Pallis attended Princeton University for four seasons recording 56 points (16 goals, 40 assists) in 127 games and named an alternate captain his senior year.
“I’m excited for a fresh start to a new hockey season,” Pallis mentioned. “I faced some adversity last year with the NHL lockout, so I’m excited for a cleaner season.”