Before the weekend begins…let’s catch up on the news of the week!
-Add another rookie to the Thunder ranks, as forward Shane Eisenman was signed on Tuesday. The native of Massachusetts will begin his professional career after spending 4 years at New Hampshire. Eisenman appeared in 28 games in his senior season with the Wildcats, picking up 5 goals and 5 assists. In 120 career collegiate games, he scored 16 goals and assisted on 33 others. Eisenman is a former Ottawa draft pick, being selected in the 4th round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Senators while playing for Dubuque of the USHL.
-Forward Brian Ward, who has spent the last two seasons with the Thunder, was rewarded on Thursday with an AHL contract, signing with Binghamton. He lead all Adirondack skaters with 30 goals last season, finishing third on the team with 53 points in 59 games, followed by another 9 points in 17 postseason appearances. He also had two separate AHL PTOs: one game with Utica, then two games with Providence, where he picked up an assist. Ward is no stranger to the AHL Devils–he appeared in 8 games with the Albany Devils in 2016-17, picking up one assist. Since Adirondack extended Ward a qualifying offer during the offseason, his ECHL rights will stay in Glens Falls.
-Now for some promotions to look forward to in the 2018 portion of the Thunder schedule…
Three specialty jerseys: Military Appreciation on October 27th, with a postgame auction; Hockey Fights Type 1 Diabetes Night on November 24th, which will be warmup jerseys available via silent auction; and Marvel Black Panther on December 15th, available by raffle.
December 15th will also be the annual Teddy Bear Toss.
The annual New Year’s Eve home game is also on tap, with a special 2 for $20.19 ticket special.
December 8th features a coat drive, with all donors receiving a ticket to a game in early January, and a post game skate with the team.
Finally, in case you missed my other works recently:
-Over at Raw Charge, I previewed the AHL’s North Division and used my schedule breakdown skills on Orlando. Twice.
-And in my 2018-19 season debut for Inside AHL Hockey ($), a summary of what has happened in Binghamton this summer.