(WICHITA, Kan.) — Wichita’s Thunder Hockey team was purchased by a local brothers, Rodney, Brandon and Johnny Steven. The deal closed Monday afternoon on the purchase of the minor league professional hockey team by its newly formed Steven Brothers Sports Management, LLC.
“We’re now playing at one of the nicest arenas, with Kevin McClelland who is a first class coach,” said Rodney Steven II. “My brothers and I are ready to put all of our business experience to work, to give this team all the tools it needs to be the best they can be and to keep this team here in Wichita.”
Steven noted that through the new partnership and the support Wichita gives this team getting back to eventually winning championships will be the goal. In its heyday, the Wichita Thunder played to sell-out crowds at the Kansas Coliseum.
Thunder Coach Kevin McClelland said support for the new ownership is echoed throughout the team and staff. “I am very excited to have good local owners who are committed to winning. We made great strides as an organization last season and I know the Steven Brothers will be instrumental in ensuring the longtime success of the Thunder.
The Steven brothers are also the owner/operators of Genesis Health Clubs, and multiple car dealerships throughout the Wichita Area including Brandon Steven Motors, Subaru of Wichita, Suzuki of Wichita, Ford of Augusta and a partnership in Eddy’s Toyota.
“It was no secret, the owners had been trying to sell the team for a while,” said Steven. “It would have either been sold to another outside owner or moved to another city. We’re excited to keep the team here and provide the community with more opportunities for entertainment and competitive sports.”