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Adirondack adds three veterans


GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – The Adirondack Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, announced that they have signed forwards Shane Harper, Pete MacArthur and Rob Bordson to contracts for the 2021-22 season. 

Harper has played 639 professional hockey games, seeing time in the NHL, AHL, ECHL, KHL, and SHL. The 31-year-old spent the last three seasons playing overseas in the SHL with Örebro HK and Brynäs IF and one season in the KHL with Lada Togliatti. Harper is no stranger to playing in Glens Falls as he laced up for the Adirondack Phantoms in the American Hockey League for parts of four seasons. The right-winger also played 19 games for the Albany Devils. 

After less than two years on an AHL contract with the Portland Pirates, Harper found himself signing his name on an NHL contract as he and the Florida Panthers agreed to a one-year deal in July of 2015. On Oct. 22, 2016, Harper scored his first NHL goal against the Colorado Avalanche. Later in the game, he scored his second goal of the contest, which went on to be the game winner. Harper played in 14 games with the Panthers that season before a deal at the trade deadline sent him to the New Jersey Devils.

Throughout an eight-year AHL career, Harper played in 398 regular-season games and recorded 183 points (85g-98a). In 63 carer ECHL games with Greenville and Trenton, Harper has averaged more than a point a game with 72 points (36g-36a).

MacArthur re-joins the Thunder following playing 2019-20 overseas in Italy. Adirondack acquired the 35-year-old's rights from the Orlando Solar Bears in November 2020. MacArthur has previously played in 164 games in a Thunder sweater and is second all-time in club history in points (144) and assists (99), and fourth all-time in goals (45).

A native of Clifton Park, New York, MacArthur has appeared in 417 regular-season games in North American professional hockey, suiting up in 190 AHL games and 227 ECHL games, with an additional 165 games played across the pond in the DEL, EBEL and AlpsHL. MacArthur broke into professional hockey following a stellar career at Boston University where he totaled 147 points (64g-83a) in 159 games when he joined the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL.

MacArthur went on to lace up for the Rockford IceHogs, San Antonio Rampage, Lake Erie Monsters, and Peoria Rivermen in the AHL. Her made his ECHL debut for the Fresno Falcons during the 2008-09 season and went on to play in later seasons for the Las Vegas Wranglers and Allen Americans, in addition to the Thunder.

MacArthur spent one season playing junior hockey in the United States Hockey League for the Waterloo Black Hawks and helped lead the team to a Clark Cup championship during the 2003-04 campaign.

Bordson comes to Adirondack for the third time in his professional career; he played with the AHL's Adirondack Phantoms from 2011-2014 and was the captain for the Thunder in the 2015-16 season. The Duluth, Minnesota native spent the 2020-21 season with the Kansas City Mavericks, notching 50 points (17g-33a) in 58 games. 

Before returning to North America last year, Bordson spent two seasons in the DEL, playing with the Fischtown Pinguins and Dusseldorfer EG and one season split between HockeyAllsvenskan's Vasterviks IK (Sweden) and Lliga's HPK (Finland). 

After three seasons at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Bordson found himself in the AHL, suiting up for the Syracuse Crunch, Adirondack Phantoms, Rochester Americans, Chicago Wolves, Providence Bruins and the Iowa Wild. In total, the 33-year-old has compiled 127 points (50g-77a) in 380 AHL games and added 119 points (43g-75a) in 106 ECHL games.