Boudiette Returns to 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 for the Thunderbirds last season, including the Commissioner's Cup Playoffs, and and registered 27 points (12G-15A). He also spent time with the Fayetteville Marksmen of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) earlier in the season. 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.

Head Coach Andre Niec commented on the signing: "Ray 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 the Playoffs."

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

The Thunderbirds head 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, 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 25-24-5-2 (W-L-OTW-OTL). The Thunderbirds also set an FHL record with over 65,000 fans through the doors in their first season and six sellout crowds. Season and group tickets are on sale now by calling (336) 774-GOAL(4625).