Center Travis Zajac Undergoes Pectoral Surgery

New Jersey Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero provided the following update on center Travis Zajac.

“This morning, Travis Zajac underwent successful surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle that was suffered last week during off-season training.  The procedure was performed by the club’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jonathan L. Glashow.  Zajac’s expected recovery time is approximately four to six months.”

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Adam Henrique on NHL Tonight

Adam Henrique joined NHL Tonight on Friday to discuss his offseason including swimming with dolphins and IndyCar racing.

http://www.nhl.com/video/nhl-tonight-adam-henrique/t-277774708/c-52472903

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Adirondack Thunder: Brad Tapper Named Head Coach & Director of Hockey Operations

Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Thunder, proudly locally owned and operated, announced today that Brad Tapper has been named the team’s Head Coach & Director of Hockey Operations. Tapper becomes the second Head Coach in franchise history following Cail MacLean, who accepted a position at a higher level last week.

Tapper, 39, brings eight years of coaching experience at the AHL, ECHL and junior levels to Glens Falls, having previously spent time as an assistant coach with the Rochester Americans, Chicago Wolves, Orlando Solar Bears and Florida Everblades, as well as Head Coach of the North York Rangers of the CCHL. The Scarborough, ONT native qualified for post-season play in five of his seven seasons in the professional ranks and was a part of the Kelly Cup Championship Florida Everblades in 2012 as the team’s top assistant.

“We’re proud to add a coach with Brad’s experience and pedigree to our coaching staff as we enter the 2017-18 season,” Adirondack Thunder Governor Ed Moore said. “Brad brings a Kelly Cup winning background to our organization, as well as three years of AHL coaching experience and NHL playing experience. We’re confident that Brad is the right choice to lead the Thunder on our path towards a successful third season in the ECHL.”

Prior to beginning his coaching career, Tapper was a veteran of 435 games as a player, including 71 with the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers from 2000 – 2003. Tapper was one of eight Thrashers players with double digit goals in the 2002 – 2003 season, as he recorded a career high 14 points (10-4-14). Tapper also appeared in 132 AHL games with the Chicago Wolves, Binghamton Senators and Philadelphia Phantoms, winning the Calder Cup with the Wolves in 2002. The 5-10 forward also appeared in 187 games in Germany in the DEL and 45 games in the IHL with the Orlando Solar Bears.

“I’m extremely excited to join the Adirondack Thunder organization,” Tapper said. “The Thunder have proven to be a great organization with a winning tradition and a focus on community. I’d like to thank the Coalition for giving me the opportunity to become a part of an area with such storied hockey tradition and I can’t wait to get started.”

Tapper also brings experience in the Capital District to the Thunder, having spent three seasons playing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. Tapper collected 116 points (65-51-116) in 106 career games with the Engineers, including a team leading 51 points (31-20-51) as a junior during the 1999 – 2000 season. Tapper’s 31 goals that season are the most by an RPI player since the 1985 – 1986 season.

Brad is married to his wife, Alison, and they have three children – Hudson, Blake and Addison.

The Thunder will also retain Alex Loh on the hockey operations staff. Loh will be promoted to Associate Coach, helping Tapper with the day-to-day operation of running the team. Loh’s responsibilities will include player signings, salary cap management and video work, in addition to his coaching duties on the ice.

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Adirondack Thunder Enter Affiliation Agreement With New Jersey Devils

Glens Falls, NY – The Adirondack Thunder have announced a one-year affiliation agreement with the New Jersey Devils and Binghamton Devils to become the Thunder’s NHL and AHL affiliates for the 2017-18 season.

The Devils will be the Thunder’s second NHL affiliate, following the Calgary Flames, which owned and operated the team from 2015-2017. The Thunder had an “informal working agreement” with the New Jersey Devils and Albany Devils over the past two seasons, which saw several players play for both the Thunder and the Devils over that span.

“We’re proud to announce the New Jersey Devils as our NHL affiliate as we take the next big stride towards the 2017-18 season,” Adirondack Thunder Governor Ed Moore said. “We have already reaped the benefits of partnering with New Jersey in the past, with players such as Ken Appleby playing in Glens Falls before moving on to higher levels. We’re excited to grow that partnership on an affiliated basis and we look forward to working with Ray Shero, Tom Fitzgerald and the rest of the Devils organization moving forward.”

Appleby became the first Thunder player with multiple games played with Adirondack to dress for an NHL game, as he served as the backup goaltender for the Devils on March 10, 2017 against the Colorado Avalanche. Goaltender Scott Wedgewood, who appeared in one game with the Thunder in 2015, became the first Thunder alum to reach the NHL as he made his debut with New Jersey on March 20, 2016 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

“On behalf of the New Jersey Devils, I am pleased to announce that we have entered into a partnership with the Adirondack Thunder to become our ECHL affiliate,” New Jersey Devils Assistant General Manager Tom Fitzgerald said. “We strongly believe in developing our players on and off the ice. Adirondack will serve as a great first step from here to Binghamton and eventually from Binghamton to New Jersey. I am confident that Adirondack’s staff and community will help our players take the next step in their hockey careers and we look forward to working with them.”

The partnership between New Jersey and Adirondack has seen five players from the New Jersey system spend time in Glens Falls over the past two seasons, including Appleby and forward Brandon Baddock last season. The agreement has also seen seven Thunder contracted players sign try out deals with the Albany Devils over the past two seasons, giving Thunder players the opportunity to play at the AHL level.

As a part of the affiliation, New Jersey will offer all Adirondack Thunder full season ticket holders one complimentary ticket to an NHL game at the Prudential Center this season. Full details about the tickets will be announced at a later date.

The Thunder will hit the ice again in October as they kick off the 2017-18 ECHL season, their third as a member of the league. Season tickets are on sale now at $13 per ticket and now include a complimentary ticket to a New Jersey Devils game during the 2017-18 season. Call 518-480-3355 x1 or visit ECHLThunder.com for more information.

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Devils Re-Sign Five Forwards: Coleman, Noesen, Pietila, Rooney, Thomson

Today the New Jersey Devils re-signed five forwards: Blake Coleman, Stefan Noesen, Blake Pietila, Kevin Rooney and Ben Thomson.

Please see the following press releases for complete details.

Devils Sign Forward Kevin Rooney

Devils Sign Forward Stefan Noesen

Devils Sign Forward Ben Thomson

Devils Sign Forward Blake Coleman

Devils Sign Forward Blake Pietila

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