Glens Falls, NY - The Adirondack Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames, announced today their regular season schedule for the 2016-17 ECHL season, the 35th anniversary of professional hockey in the Adirondack region. The full schedule is shown below.
The Thunder’s 2016-17 home schedule, which consists of 36 home games, will begin on Saturday, October 22, as the Thunder take on archrival Manchester at the Glens Falls Civic Center at 7:00 p.m., the second straight season the Thunder have opened at home against the Monarchs. The home opener will be a rematch of the 2016 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series between Adirondack and Manchester, a series the Thunder claimed in five games. The 2016-17 regular season home schedule will conclude on Tuesday, April 4, as the Thunder take on the Monarchs once again.
The Thunder’s home schedule is highlighted by 13 Saturday home games and seven Friday home dates. The Thunder will also play three Sunday home games, 12 Tuesdays and one Monday, to be played on Martin Luther King Day. All Friday and Saturday home games will begin at 7:00 p.m., with the exception of Saturday, December 31, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. for the annual New Year’s Eve game. All Tuesday games will begin at a new starting time of 6:00 p.m. while, like last season, the three Sunday games will start at 3:00 p.m.
The four-month span from December through March will highlight the majority of the Thunder’s home schedule, with 27 of their 36 home games falling in those four months, led by eight in March. The Thunder will also play seven home games in December, five in January and seven home games in February. In addition, Adirondack will host three games in October, four in November and two in April.
As they did a year ago, the Thunder’s most frequent opponent is the Manchester Monarchs, who they will face eight times on home ice and seven away for 15 total games. Adirondack will also square off with divisional foe Reading 11 times, five home and six away, as well as Elmira 10 times, five at home and five on the road. The Thunder will see the final East Division team, the Norfolk Admirals five times at the Civic Center and twice on the road.
“Our 2016-17 schedule allows us to continue to present Saturday night Thunder hockey as our headliner,” Adirondack Thunder President Brian Petrovek said. “We are thrilled to continue to be able to offer the New Year’s Eve game to our community and are excited to showcase two new opponents, the Atlanta Gladiators and the Colorado Eagles, to our fans as well as continue several of the rivalries started during the 2015-16 regular season, beginning on Opening Night against Manchester. In our efforts to allow younger fans and families to experience Thunder hockey during the week, our games will now begin earlier at 6:00 p.m.”
The Thunder’s schedule is highlighted by the traditional New Year’s Eve game, featuring indoor fireworks, which will be played on Saturday, December 31, as the Thunder host the Reading Royals. The New Year’s Eve game has been a tradition in Glens Falls dating back to the Adirondack Red Wings, and was successfully presented as the second largest crowd for the Thunder this past season.
The Thunder’s promotional schedule, including special 35th anniversary promotions, will be announced at a later date.
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