GLENS FALLS — There are long- and short-term goals on the minds of the Adirondack Thunder as they prepare to host Reading in a preseason ECHL game Friday at Cool Insuring Arena. Then there’s one that’s both.
“We want to win,” head coach Brad Tapper said. “We want to win every game. It’s like Alex (Loh, assistant coach) and I playing our daughters in chess, we want to win every time. We want to win Friday, we want to win in Reading, preseason, postseason, whatever.”
The game is free, but a 50/50 raffle will be held and proceeds will be donated to the Dave Strader Scholarship Fund. There also will be a moment of silence in Strader’s memory prior to the start.
Tapper will find out more about his team once play starts, but earlier in the week he was very pleased with the makeup of the team and the system that Loh used to help find the right kind of players.
“We don’t want guys with arrogance or big egos, they can stay outside the dressing room,” Tapper said. “We want 23 bench guys we can go to battle with every night. We don’t want guys who are slouching their shoulders or throwing their heads back.”
The team has only been working on structure since Tuesday, but has been helped by the addition of players sent down from AHL camps the last few days. Generally, those players provide leadership, but Tapper also wants everyone to have a voice.
“The younger guys pushing the older guys,” Tapper explained. “It’s so important. It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you’re a younger guy, you’ve got to make each other better.”