Thunder Sign Defenders Rourke Russell, Cory Dennis

September 8, 2022 – ECHL (ECHL) – Adirondack Thunder Press Release

GLENS FALLS – The Adirondack Thunder, an ECHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League and the Utica Comets of the American Hockey League, announced today that the club has signed defensemen Rourke Russell and Cory Dennis with standard player contracts for the 2022-23 season.

Russell, 24, returns to the Thunder after appearing in nine games during the 2021-22 campaign. Prior to joining Adirondack, the Long Beach, Calif. native spent the first half of the 2021-22 season with Sacred Heart University and recorded two goals and seven assists in 36 games on the blue line. From 2017 to 2021, Russell played 119 games for the University of Miami and had 29 points. The southpaw scored his first professional point on April 2 against Maine in a 4-3 home shootout win.

Dennis, 25, joins the Thunder after splitting last season with Concordia University and the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound defenseman had eight points in 16 games for the Ice Flyers and 16 points in 25 games for Concordia University during the 2021-22 season. In 94 college games, the Madison, WI native had 16 goals and 36 assists for 52 points.

“The Thunder are pleased to announce that we have signed left-handed defensemen Rourke Russell and Cory Dennis for the 2022-23 season,” head coach Pete MacArthur said. “As first-year professional players, Rourke and Cory will rely on us to provide us with good depth on the defensive side of the puck and the ability to play on any defensive pairing. Hockey IQ and competitive level.”

The Thunder will host the Worcester Railers in the home opener at the Cool Insuring Arena on Saturday, October 29 at 7 p.m. Season tickets for the 2022-23 season are on sale now! For more information on ticket packages, call the front desk at 518-480-3355 or visit For all the latest Adirondack Thunder news, follow the team on all social media @ECHLThunder.

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