The Adirondack Thunder, East Coast Hockey League affiliate of the Calgary Flames, have been busy over the last couple months getting players signed and preparing for their second season after having a great inaugural season and playoffs.
In their first season, the Thunder finished with a record of 38 wins, 28 losses, 2 overtime losses and 4 shootout losses to finish in 2nd place in the East Division of the Eastern Conference with 82 points. The Thunder beat the 1st place Manchester Monarchs in the 1st round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs four games to one. In the 2nd round, the Thunder fell to the South Carolina Stingrays in a thrilling series that went to seven games.
In May, the Thunder announced the re-signing of Forwards James Henry and Alex Carrier. Henry finished his 3rd season in the Thunder organization with 7 goals and 14 assists for 21 points in 44 games. Carrier finished his 4th season as a professional with 5 goals and 8 assists for 13 points in 47 games.
In June, the Thunder re-signed Forward Terrence Wallin and Defenseman Mike Bergin. Wallin joined the Thunder mid-season last season and finished the season with 4 goals and 7 assists for 11 points in 25 games. Bergin finished his 2nd season in the ECHL with 3 goals and 5 assists for 8 points and a +12 rating in 55 games.
The month of July saw the Thunder sign Forwards Dana Fraser and Brian Ward as well as Defensemen Patch Alber and Mathieu Brodeur. Fraser finished last season with 9 goals and 10 assists for 19 points in 57 games. Ward is the first new player to sign with the team after playing three seasons at St. Lawrence University where he scored 27 goals and 43 assists for 70 points in 112 games. Alber returns for his 2nd season with the Thunder after scoring 30 assists for 30 points in 64 games last season. Brodeur finished his 6th season as a professional with 9 goals and 21 assists for 30 points in 70 games.
In August, the Thunder signed Defensemen Alex Wall and Kevin Lough as well as Forwards Greg Wolfe, Ty Loney and Peter MacArthur. Wall played in only two regular season games last season and one playoff game while Lough played in only four games last season. Wolfe finished his 2nd season as a pro with 16 goals and 24 assists for 40 points in 55 games, good enough to place 2nd in team scoring. Loney finished last season with 6 assists in 31 games. MacArthur returns after just joining the Thunder in December and scoring 8 goals and 28 assists for 36 points in 46 games.
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