In their inaugural season of play, the Adirondack Thunder saw 15 players advance their career onto the American Hockey League and 1 advance to the National Hockey League. This list of players is to honor some of the finest in Adirondack Thunder history that have thrived in the ECHL and advanced their way to higher levels.
|Scott Wedgewood||Albany & New Jersey Devils||1 GP||Scott Wedgewood only appeared in one contest with the Adirondack Thunder but it was a memorable one, as he made 42 saves in a 5-2 win over the Brampton Beast on December 4, 2015. Wedgewood would be recalled to the Albany Devils later that night and eventually went on to become the first Adirondack Thunder player to reach the NHL, as he made his NHL debut with the New Jersey Devils on March 20, 2016. Wedgewood went on to make four NHL appearances and recorded a 2-1-1 record, a staggering .957 save percentage and a 1.24 goals against average.|
|Rob Bordson||Providence Bruins & Iowa Wild||9 GP||Rob Bordson, the first captain in Adirondack Thunder history, played nine ECHL games with the Thunder before advancing back to the American Hockey League. Bordson was named the October Player of the Month for his offensive output, as he totaled 11 points (6-5-11) in just six games played. Bordson went on to play in 60 AHL games, 10 with Providence and 50 with Iowa, where he netted 23 points (9-14-23).|
|David Shields||Utica Comets||15 GP||David Shields began the season as one of the core pieces on the Adirondack Thunder blueline, playing in all situations. In 15 games with the team, Shields collected 9 points (2-7-9) and amassed an impressive +13 rating. Shields went on to sign with the Utica Comets in the AHL, where he collected ten points (3-7-10) in 32 regular season games, and also appeared in three Calder Cup Playoff Contests.|
|Kyle Flanagan||Binghamton Senators||12 GP||Kyle Flanagan opened the 2015-16 season on the Thunder's top line alongside Bordson and he helped lead the team to it's hot start with 10 points over 12 games played. Flanagan signed with the Binghamton Senators in late-November and appeared in 44 games with the team, where he collected 20 points (6-14-20), including eight (1-7-8) over his final eight games of the season.|
|Ryan Culkin||Stockton Heat||33 GP||Ryan Culkin, a fifth round draft pick of the Calgary Flames in 2012, made his ECHL debut on November 13 as he rehabbed his way back from multiple long-term injuries. The 22-year old defenseman was a major factor on the Adirondack blueline before he was recalled back to the AHL by Stockton in early-February. Culkin appeared in 27 AHL games with the Heat to end the season.|
|Ryan Lomberg||Stockton Heat||43 GP||Ryan Lomberg skated in 43 games with the Thunder during the 2015-16 season and collected 35 points (18-17-35), ranking second on the team in goal scoring. Lomberg has been with the AHL's Stockton Heat for the entirety of the 2016-17 season, having appeared in every game to date as of 2/1/17.|
|Mathieu Brodeur||Syracuse Crunch||85 GP||Mathieu Brodeur signed an AHL contract with the Syracuse Crunch on 1/27/17 after he appeared in 85 games with the Thunder over two seasons. Brodeur ranks second in Thunder franchise history in points from a defenseman with 49 (14-35-49)|
The Adirondack Thunder are the proud members of the ECHL and will begin their 2017-18 season on October 14, 2017 at Cool Insuring Arena. The Thunder enter their third season of ECHL play, following two consecutive playoff berths, including reaching second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs in 2016, the first time since 1994 that an Adirondack team won a playoff series.
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