Yesterday, I introduced you to the Adirondack Thunder forwards.
Today, it's the defense's turn.
Let's start with a name that is already very familiar to Crunch fans. Brodeur became a key member of the Syracuse defense corps last season after signing a PTO in December and simply never left the lineup. He appeared in 15 games with the Thunder to start the 2016-17 season before joining the Crunch, where he had 56 regular season and 22 postseason games. The Quebec native will be starting his third season with Adirondack in 2017-18, and has made at least one appearance in the AHL over the last 8 seasons. Brodeur has some Devil ties—he appeared in two games with Albany late in the 2015-16 season and was in the A-Devils training camp to start 2016-17 before heading north to Glens Falls.
Lough, the first player to re-sign with the Thunder for 2017-18, finished his first full pro season with four goals and 14 assists in 51 games, followed by one assist in six playoff appearances. The Kanata, Ontario native was given a one game pro tryout with the Binghamton Senators late in the season, going scoreless. He signed an amateur tryout with the Thunder after finishing a four year career at Colgate in 2015-16, appearing in four games and notching one assist.
If the name sounds familiar, yes you’re right: he is the younger brother of Brian. Unlike his famous sibling, this Boyle has been stuck as an ECHL journeyman. He will be starting his third pro season with his sixth different team. After spending one year with Union College, he joined the USPHL’s South Shore Kings for one season before jumping to the SPHL with Mississippi. In 2016-17, the Massachusetts native bounced around between Norfolk, Greenville, and Wheeling, only appearing in a combined 19 games with no goals and seven assists. He is currently an invitee to Binghamton's training camp.
Johnson will be starting his professional career with the Thunder, after spending the last four years with SUNY Oswego. In 27 games during his senior year, the native of Mississauga, Ontario set a career high in goals (7), assists (23), and points (30).
Bergin will be starting his sixth professional season and third with the Thunder. The Ottawa native went overseas to Sweden in 2012 upon finishing a four year collegiate career at RPI. After spending two years with Sodertalje SK, he returned to North America in 2014 and spent one season with the Elmira Jackals before joining the Thunder. Injuries limited Bergin to just 27 games last season, but he still put up four points (1 goal, 3 assists).
Bergin will be starting his second professional season after spending his rookie year with Greenville. The Massachusetts native had 7 goals and 19 assists in 60 games for the Swamp Rabbits. Prior to turning pro, he finished off a four year college career at Harvard and spent one season with Tri-City and Dubuque in the USHL. He is currently in Binghamton's training camp.
The Thunder will be starting their training camp on Monday in Glens Falls, with the preseason kicking off at home against the Reading Royals on Friday night. They will travel to Pennsylvania on October 8th to finish off a home and home set with the Royals.