Sold-out crowd cheers on Adirondack Thunder for season opener

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Most of the things we enjoyed was put on pause during the pandemic. That includes attending sporting events. On Saturday, for the first time in 19 months, professional hockey returned to Glens Falls.

A sold out crowd of nearly 5,000 fans came to Cool Insuring Arena. They cheered on the Adirondack Thunder as they took on the Newfoundland Growlers. Due to COVID, last season was canceled. That meant the thunder hadn’t played a game in close to 600 days before Saturday. Several fans were excited to attend the game after not seeing their team play in nearly 19 months.

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"I’m glad to see them on the ice and I’m glad to see them get out and work out their kinks and hopefully they have a good season," said Bruce Douglas from Clifton Park.

"Hockey is big in this area. And it’s a big money maker for Glens Falls and it’s just a great time for everybody. I love to see the little kids here," said Dawn Fitzgerald from Glens Falls.

And even though the thunder lost 3 to 2, many fans say they will continue to support their team this season.