GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – When it was announced forward Peter MacArthur had signed a contract with the Allen Americans of the ECHL, a huge void opened up for the Adirondack Thunder. MacArthur had been Adirondack’s captain since he signed with the team during the 2015-16 season, made a tremendous impact on the ice, in the locker room, and with the fans.
In 109 regular season games with the Thunder, MacArthur scored 32 goals and 99 total points. He also tallied four goals and 12 points in 18 playoff games during his two seasons with the team. His passion for the game, combined with his scoring touch, made “Mac” a logical fan favorite. His undying support of his teammates, both on and off the ice, made him a favorite in the locker room. It was easy to envision the upstate New York native captaining the team until retirement. However, due to family obligations, MacArthur decided it was time to move on.
The departure of MacArthur leaves fans wondering who the new captain will be? There are a few logical options in Mike Bergin, Mathieu Brodeur, and James Henry.
The injury-plagued Bergin hasn’t played much the past two seasons (55 games in 2015-16 and 27 in 2016-17), but the defenseman remained a leader in the locker room, whether he was in the lineup or not. When in the lineup, Bergin wore the “A” as an alternate captain. During his latest injury, which had kept him out of the lineup since March and prevented him from participating in the postseason, Bergin remained an active supporter and leader for his teammates.
Brodeur has been a leader during both of his seasons with the Thunder as well, also serving as an alternate captain. The defenseman also had a shortened 2016-17 season for the Thunder, but for another reason: he had earned himself a call-up to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League in early December and remained there through the 2017 Calder Cup Finals.
Forward James Henry has been a constant presence for the Thunder since the 2013-14 season, when the team was still in Stockton, CA. Henry, like Bergin and Brodeur, had worn the “A” for the Thunder last season.
Although all three have leadership experience with the Adirondack Thunder, Brodeur seems to have a slight advantage, with over seven pro seasons played in the AHL and ECHL. Bergin has played five pro seasons, two in Europe and three in the ECHL. Henry has played four seasons in the ECHL, all with the Thunder franchise.
Regardless of who is chosen as the 2017-18 team captain, Thunder fans can expect these three men to continue to be leaders on and off the ice.