GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – When it was announced the ECHL was replacing the AHL in Glens Falls, no one knew what to expect, but the Adirondack Thunder pleasantly surprised this season.
Two days after its season ended, the organization closed up shop.
The team held exit interviews and year-end physicals on Friday. The guys were visibly disappointed that their season was over. However, the one thing they mentioned was that a foundation has been set to keep having success moving forward.
“It’s been unbelievable,” left wing Ryan Lomberg said.
“You get shivers thinking about it,” captain Peter MacArthur said.
What started as an unknown is now a certainty. The Adirondack Thunder hockey team expressed its gratitude to the Glens Falls community for accepting them on and off the ice.
“You go to a restaurant here and everyone’s just unbelievably nice and welcoming,” Lomberg said. “It just added to the whole experience.”
“I think people started to come forward and realized this isn’t just a goon league,” MacArthur said. “There’s a lot of skilled hockey players, great skaters.”
Adirondack, in its inaugural season, finished the regular season second in its division and even won a playoff series. The buzz was real around the team.
“ECHL, as opposed to AHL, is a different level of hockey,” Thunder fan Jeff Diamond said. “But just the same, those kids are younger, and they’re hungry.”
And now that an appetite for the Thunder exists, fans are hoping the team feels right at home in Hometown USA.
“I want to see them stick around,” fan Andrew Mosher said. “Hopefully, we see a lot of familiar faces next season.”
“When the people are behind you and you feel like you’re part of the community and you’re playing for something that’s bigger than yourself, it’s cool,” MacArthur said. “It’s what sports are all about. Glens Falls should be a destination in this league, and hopefully, it keeps going in the right direction.”