Thunder Sign Three National Team Players from South America

Colorado Springs, CO – The Colorado Springs Thunder announced today the signing of three players from Brazil and Argentina. The team looks forward to them joining this coming season. “We thought it might take a few years to get these guys in the loop but it looks like they will be coming to help this coming season. We are tremendously excited to sign these world class athletes. They all have international experience with their countries and should be a tremendous asset to the Thunder organization,” said General Manager, Dave Needham.

Pablo Navarro (Brazil), Facu Vandra (Argentina) and Bruno Gomes (Brazil) are in the process of getting documents to be able to join the Thunder before opening weekend. “This is an opportunity for the Thunder to help these players develop while they help us towards a third championship. Individually this should be a great experience for them but hopefully their countries can use these guys as examples to better the sport in Brazil and Argentina. We are really looking forward to them joining us and plan on throwing them right in the mix when they get here,” commented captain, CJ Yoder.

Navarro, Vandra, and Gomez all bring a tremendous amount of experience to a newly revamped Thunder roster along with work ethic rarely matched anywhere in the world.


Name:  Pablo Navarro
Age: 35
Height: 6′
Weight: 209
Position: F/D
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Last Team: Pama Cyclones (USA), Palmeiras (Brazil)
International Accomplishments: World Championships, Pan American Games, NARCh, TORHS, 2 Hot 4 Ice, Bundesligue (Germany Ice Hockey)

Name:  Facu Vandra
Age: 29
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 209
Position: Defense
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Last Team: Panteras
International Accomplishments: Captain of Argentina national team since 2001. South American Championship 2006. Best Defenseman qualification tournament 2000

 Name:  Bruno Farias Gomes
Age: 32
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 200
Position: Forward
Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Last Team: No Limits (Brazil), Panteras (Argentina)
International Accomplishments: 11 IIHF World Chpionships (1 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze), 2 FIRS World Championships, Assistant Coach 2011 IIHF World Championships (Argentina)