Ray-Turn to The Thunderbirds: Boudiette is Back in Carolina

Winston-Salem, NC - The Carolina Thunderbirds are excited to announce the return of forward Ray Boudiette to the active lineup effective for this weekend’s games against the Elmira Enforcers.

Boudiette played in 29 games (including playoffs) last season for the Thunderbirds and registered 27 points in them (12G-15A). Boudiette also spent time with the Fayetteville Marksmen of the SPHL in the 2017-18 season. Boudiette had retired after that season but has now decided to come back to hockey.

"Ray (Boudiette) was a great player for us last season and with this decision for him to come back to the game, I'm very excited to bring in a quality caliber player such as him as we gear up for playoffs" head coach Andre Niec said.

Boudiette comes out of retirement to join a Thunderbirds team that is on the verge of clinching the #1 seed in the FHL playoffs with a current 36-point lead over their nearest opponent, the Elmira Enforcers.

In a corresponding move, the Thunderbirds have placed Viktor Grebennikov on team suspension.

Carolina heads to First Arena to take on the Elmira Enforcers in a three-game set this weekend with Carolina needing only three points to clinch the FHL regular season title. After that weekend the Thunderbirds are home for four straight games over two weekends as the regular season begins to dwindle down.


The Carolina Thunderbirds are proud members of the Federal Hockey League, now in its ninth season. The Thunderbirds are in their second season of play looking to build on the success of their inaugural season where the team posted an 87-point season with a record of 25-5-2-24 (W-OTW-OTL-L). The Thunderbirds have set an FHL record again, breaking their own record with over 66,000 fans through the doors this season.