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ECHL: Adirondack Thunder and New Jersey Devils extend cooperation
ECHL: Adirondack Thunder and New Jersey Devils extend cooperation

The Adirondack Thunder and the New Jersey Devils have signed a two-year contract extension that will allow the Thunder to continue as the team’s ECHL affiliate team. The Utica Comets will continue to serve as the Devils’ AHL team and continue the three-tier system for the Devils. This move is a no-brainer for all parties involved, as the Thunder and Devils have worked very well together during their seven-year partnership that began in 2017 and runs through the 2023-24 season. New Jersey sent goaltender Tyler Brennan to the Adirondacks this season, where he played in 13 games with the Thunder, compiling a 5-5-0-2 record with a 3.16 goals-against average, .896 save percentage, and one shutout. Isaac Poulter, who began his professional career with the Thunder in the 2022–23 season, spent most of the 2023–24 season with the Utica Comets but was sent to Adirondack to provide late-season backup and played a big role for the Thunder during their historic playoff run, finishing 5-0 with a 2.44 goals-against average and .917 save percentage at the end of the regular season and playing in 15 Kelly Cup playoff games, going 7-8 with a 1.86 goals-against average, .939 save percentage and four shutouts.

“We are very excited to continue our partnership with the New Jersey Devils and Utica Comets for two more seasons,” said Jeff Mead, President of the Adirondack Thunder. “We are coming off our best season yet, both on and off the ice. With the help and support of New Jersey and Utica, we look forward to putting another winning team on the ice this season while developing young talent.”

Adirondack Thunder Jeff Mead on extension in Adirondack press release

The Thunder have also had a decent amount of movement between Adirondack and Utica this season, with players like Jeremy Brodeur, Filip Engaras, Timur Ibragimov, Colin Felix, Will MacKinnon and Erik Middendorf spending time in both Adirondack and Utica and proving to be a critical part of both teams’ success this season. Since the Adirondack-New Jersey partnership began in 2017, 10 players who previously played for the Adirondack Thunder have made it to the NHL and played in at least one game.

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Armand Klisivitch

Inside The Rink ECHL Manager | Senior Editor and Accredited Reporter for the Adirondack Thunder & Worcester Railers.

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