The Adirondack Junior Thunder were established in 2022 and are part of the Eastern Hockey League Premier based in Glens Falls New York.  The Junior Thunder play and practice out of Cool Insuring Arena. The Thunder won the New England Division in its inaugural season with a record of 30-6-4-2.  League award went to Head Coach Glenn Merkosky for Coach of the Year, MVP award went to Jack Merkosky and Goaltender of the Year was awarded to Kian Hodgins. 


Cool Insuring Arena is a state of the art 4,800 seat arena that not only houses the Adirondack Junior Thunder but is also home to the ECHL Adirondack Thunder professional team.  Cool Insuring Arena has a rich hockey and entertainment history with 6 professional teams calling the arena home since 1979.  The Adirondack Red Wings won 4 Calder Cups (AHL) over 20 years.  The arena has also been home to the Adirondack Ice Hawks and Adirondack Frostbite (UHL), Adirondack Phantoms (AHL), Adirondack Flames (AHL) and for the last 9 years the Adirondack Thunder (ECHL).

Other notable events hosted at Cool Insuring Arena over the years include Mike Tyson boxing matches, State Basketball and College Basketball games as well as numerous concerts featuring such artists as AC/DC, The Who, Billy Joel and many, many more.

BILLETING – Adirondack Junior Thunder team members are housed with billets families.  Part of our commitment to our players and their parents is to help provide them with good homes. We believe in the billet family experience and never house our players in dorm settings.  Many times, this is the first time a player is away from home, and we set our players in solid homes for the season.


The Adirondack Junior Thunder firmly believe in not only developing players on the ice but also off the ice.  The Junior Thunder have partnered with a College and High School so our players can attend in person classes while playing hockey if they choose.

SUNY ADIRONDACK – SUNY Adirondack is a public community college in Queensbury, New York. It serves residents in Warren, Washington and northern Saratoga counties in New York State with over 30 academic programs of study. It was founded in 1961 as Adirondack Community College.

LEARN MORE: https://www.suny.edu/campuses/adirondack

SOUTH GLENS FALLS HIGH SCHOOL – South Glens Falls Senior High School is a public school in South Glens Falls, New York that is part of South Glens Falls Central School District. It serves 908 students in 9 – 12 with a student/teacher ratio of 13.8:1.

LEARN MORE: https://www.sgfcsd.org/o/sgfhs