GLENS FALLS — Management of the Adirondack Thunder is poised to announce a new coach and a new affiliation, said Jeff Mead, general manager of Adirondack Hockey, the team’s owner.
Mead would not identify the coach or affiliation partner, to be announced at 11 a.m. Tuesday at a press conference at Heritage Hall at Cool Insuring Arena, formerly known as Glens Falls Civic Center.
A local government official with knowledge of the announcement said the team will announce the hiring of Brad Tapper as new head coach and a new affiliation with the New Jersey Devils, of the National Hockey League.
The official spoke with The Post-Star on condition he not be identified, because Adirondack Hockey and the Adirondack Civic Center Coalition had not authorized him to comment on their behalf.
Mead, contacted Monday, would not confirm or deny the information.
“I can say we’re announcing our new coach and affiliation,” said Mead, who also is general manager of the arena.
Tapper has six seasons of professional hockey coaching experience, three as an assistant coach in the American Hockey League and three as an assistant coach in the ECHL, the league the Thunder plays in, according to hockeydb.com, a professional hockey information website.
Most recently, Tapper was assistant coach of the Rochester Americans of the AHL in the 2016-’17 season.
The Americans announced in June the hiring of Chris Taylor, formerly an assistant coach of the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Pengions, as new head coach, passing over Tapper and another assistant coach for promotion.
Tapper, 39, played nine seasons of professional hockey, including portions of three seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL.
He played three seasons of college hockey with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy in the late 1990s.
Adirondack Hockey, a limited liability corporation, bought the Adirondack Thunder earlier this year from the Calgary Flames, which owned and operated the local hockey franchise the past three seasons, playing the past two seasons in the ECHL and the the 2014-’15 season in the AHL.
Cail MacLean, head coach of the Thunder the past two seasons, is leaving to become assistant coach of the Stockton (Calif.) Heat, the AHL affiliate of the Flames.
The AHL is the top level in minor league hockey, and the ECHL is one level below the AHL.
Adirondack Hockey is affiliated with the Adirondack Civic Center Coalition, a local nonprofit group that operates the city-owned Cool Insuring Arena under a lease with an option to buy the building.