Adirondack Thunder Forward Harper Seeks First Career Pro Title [LISTEN]
Shane Harper has done a lot in his career. He's played nearly 400 games in the American Hockey League, the step directly below the NHL. He's even played 14 games in the NHL itself, and he's scored not one, but two professional goals.
He has never, however, won a championship as a professional. He's back in Glens Falls to do just that.
Harper, who recently signed with the Adirondack Thunder for the upcoming season, joined Charlie and I on The Drive yesterday, an interview that you can hear above. He returned stateside after spending the past four seasons playing hockey overseas. He spent a year in Russia, before swinging to Sweden for the final three.
Before venturing across the Atlantic, Harper had an illustrious career in the minor leagues of North American professional hockey, including the first four years of his professional career, all of which were spent with Adirondack. The team, at the time, was named the Phantoms, and was the minor league affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers. He had a career-best 27 points with the Phantoms in his third season, and continued to progress as he moved to new franchises.
Oh, and he just happened to meet his now-wife during his time in Glens Falls, too. It really is the most romantic place on Earth.
Harper is aiming to bring a championship back to a hockey-rich, yet championship-starved, hockey community in Glens Falls. The Adirondack Red Wings brought four Calder Cup championships to the region during the 1980s and '90s, but subsequent affiliations with the Flyers and Flames haven't yielded the same amount of success.
Entering season six of operation as the Thunder, the former NHLer Harper knows full-well, that it's time to make Adirondack a champion again.