The Adirondack Thunder are off to a 15-3 start this season and a major reason why is a name familiar to Capital Region hockey fans: Clifton Park native Patch Alber.

Alber helped Boston College to two national championships in his college career and now has his sights set on getting to the NHL.

He joined us today to talk about what it's like to play in front of his hometown fans for the first time in a long time as well as what the environment is like in Glens Falls for the Thunder's first season.

We also talked about the lifestyle and the grind of the ECHL. And Patch educated me on how the ECHL works: He's played for Elmira (Buffalo Sabres), Missouri (New York Islanders) and Adirondack (Calgary). Unlike baseball, not every player in the minor league hockey system is property of the NHL affiliate. So we asked him if that means ECHL teams can trade with each other - independent of what the NHL team is doing.