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Adamek brothers sign with Stockton Thunder

Mark Adamek

Aug. 1, 2006

STOCKTON, Calif. - The Stockton Thunder has agreed to terms with forward Mike Adamek and defenseman Mark Adamek, Thunder head coach Chris Cichocki announced today. Per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

"Mark brings a physical presence to our blueline while Mike is a power forward who likes to get to the front of the net," said Cichocki. "They both add a great amount of size to our lineup, so I'm looking forward to seeing them contribute throughout the season for the Thunder. In addition, the organization is excited to have two brothers from the Northern California region."

A native each of Hollister, California, Mike and Mark Adamek recently finished up their collegiate hockey-playing and academic tenures at Lake Superior State University (NCAA), which has produced National Hockey League veterans Doug Weight (St. Louis Blues), Brian Rolston (Minnesota Wild) and John Grahame (Carolina Hurricanes). Following professional career-opening stints in the ECHL in 2005-06, both Mike and Mark were originally signed as free agents by the San Diego Gulls on May 4, shortly before the Gulls voluntarily ended ECHL membership, which granted both Adamek brothers unrestricted free agency.

Mike Adamek, 25, made his professional debut with the ECHL's Idaho Steelheads late in the 2005-06 season, posting six points (3g-3a) in 13 games, along with 12 penalty minutes. Previously, Mike compiled 30 points (10g-20a) and 79 penalty minutes in 92 games during a four-year (2002-06) collegiate hockey career with the Lakers.

Mark Adamek

Mike Adamek

"I really wanted to be able to play in California and close to my family, so playing with my brother is an absolute bonus," said Mike. "After talking with Coach Cichocki, I figured Stockton would be a great place to start my first full-season in my professional career. I've heard the rink is beautiful; plus to play in front of a crowd that draws 8,000 is really something to look forward to."

Mark Adamek, 24, originally started his professional career with the San Diego Gulls (ECHL) in 2005-06, garnering two assists in 11 games. Mark originally spent four years (2002-06) of collegiate hockey with the Lakers, tallying 13 points (0g-13a) in 120 career games, along with 77 penalty minutes.

"When I was with San Diego, I discovered that Chris Cichocki energizes this team with a lot of hard work and I'm looking forward to being a part of a team that is on the rise," said Mark. "Playing with my brother again is a dream come true. We're best friends, we play well together, and we're glad this deal worked out together naturally."

Details on Thunder 2006 training camp information will be announced soon. The Thunder begins the 2006-07 ECHL season Friday, October 20 on the road against the Bakersfield Condors, and faces the Long Beach Ice Dogs on Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. PT in the home opener at Stockton Arena.

An ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's Phoenix Coyotes and American Hockey League's San Antonio Rampage, the Thunder drew 228,364 fans to Stockton Arena in its inaugural season, the ECHL's best attendance mark for 2005-06. Thunder season tickets for the 2006-07 season are on-sale now. For more information about tickets, merchandise, or other inquiries contact the Stockton Thunder offices at (209) 373-1500 or visit

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