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Tampa Bay Lightning ECHL affiliate season in review: The 17-18 Adirondack Thunder in their own words

The Thunder look back on the 2017-18 season in their exit interviews.

It was a successful first season behind the bench for Thunder head coach Brad Tapper.
Tracey Lake

On May 21st, just two days after the Adirondack Thunder’s season ended in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Florida Everblades, the team packed up, the ice surface was melted down, and the players went through their exit interviews.

Adirondack’s social media has slowly been releasing individual interviews every day since then. Here is a small collection from those with ties to Syracuse this season.

First, we’ll begin with head coach Brad Tapper. In his first season as a head coach after working as an assistant in both the ECHL and AHL, Tapper had a very good debut behind the bench, winning the North Division title and getting to within three wins of a Kelly Cup Finals berth. He also served as the team’s director of hockey operations, which also meant he was responsible for recruiting the right players to go to battle for the “Red Army.”

Shane Conacher had to commute quite a few times between Glens Falls and Syracuse during the course of the season. Yet, he didn’t mind it, and was grateful for the opportunity with both cities.

Speaking of up and down, how did first year defenseman Matthew Spencer adapt to splitting time between the Thunder and the Crunch, and what lessons did he learn as he made the junior-to-pro transition?

Look for a second post coming up in the near future once more interviews are released and collected.