Thunderbirds Trade Walters to Elmira

Winston-Salem, N.C. - The Carolina Thunderbirds are announcing a trade today sending defenseman Jacob (JT) Walters to the Elmira Enforcers for future considerations.

The deal has been approved and finalized by the league Monday.

"Unfortunately we had to make a decision with how crowded our defense situation was getting" head coach and director of hockey operations Andre Niec said. "Elmira has a lot of promising assets that we might want to look at later in the season to help us in a pinch so that's why the deal was made. We wish JT all the best in Elmira."

Walters played in four games for the Thunderbirds this season, racking up one assist and 11 penalty minutes during the Thundebirds perfect 4-0-0-0 start to the season. Walters joined the Thunderbirds late in training camp this season after being cut from Roanoke (SPHL) early in the Rail Yard Dawgs season. The San Diego native joins an Elmira squad that is still looking for its first win as an FHL franchise. The Enforcers have started 0-0-1-3 in the 2018-19 season.

The Thunderbirds were able to put defensemen Seth Gustin and Jay Kenney into the lineup last weekend, meaning the Thunderbirds have dressed eight different defensemen early in the 2018-19 campaign.


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 also set an FHL record with over 66,000 fans through the doors in their first season. Season and group tickets are on sale now by calling 336-774-GOAL (4625).