GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – It has been a busy few days for the Adirondack Thunder. The stepped-up activity started with the dedication of the press box inside Cool Insuring Arena to broadcaster Dave Strader. Strader, a Glens Falls native and two-time Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, was the first professional broadcaster at the Glens Falls Civic Center as he spent six seasons as the voice of the Adirondack Red Wings from 1979-85.
From there, it was a busy week with three player signings in three days.
Tuesday, the team announced they had signed forward Paul Rodrigues to a contract. Rodrigues spent last season with the Norfolk Admirals, where he scored 12 goals and totaled 32 points. Thunder fans may recognize the name, as Rodrigues had a fair amount of success against Adirondack, averaging a point-per-game against the Thunder during the 2016-17 season.
Wednesday brought another player signing, this time forward Eric Neiley. Neiley joins the Thunder after two seasons with the Atlanta Gladiators, where he amassed 34 goals and 66 total points, including 27 goals and 47 points coming in the 2016-17 season. To acquire Neiley, Adirondack gave up the rights to forward Phil Lane, who was limited to 26 games in the 2016-17 season due to injury.
Thursday’s “big” signing was 6’6″ defenseman Mathieu Brodeur, who will be in his third season with the Thunder. Last season, Brodeur only spent 15 games with the Thunder (scoring an impressive four goals and 19 points) before earning a contract with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch. The defenseman played in 56 regular season games for the Crunch, and helped Syracuse to the Calder Cup finals against the Grand Rapids Griffins, playing in all 22 playoff games along the way.
These three signings bring the total to 15 so far for the 2017-18 Adirondack Thunder. For the latest on signings across the ECHL, be sure to visit our 2017 transactions tracker.
The Thunder opens their season at home Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. against the rival Brampton Beast.