GLENS FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Tonight, the Adirondack Thunder will be back on the ice to kick off the New Year’s Celebration! The Adirondack Thunder announced on Tuesday that their hockey season will resume in Glens Falls on New Year’s Eve, after a hiatus spurred by COVID-19.

“It’s great to be in front of all the fans, it’s been three weeks now so it’s just an excitement of getting back into our own building and tired of dealing with the coronavirus stuff so it’s just great to be back and have some normalcy,” said Alex Loh, Adirondack Thunder Head Coach.

“It’s been a while since we played at home so we’re obviously all excited,” said Adirondack Thunder Right Wing Shane Harper.

The Newfoundland Growlers come to Cool Insuring Arena to face off against the Thunder on Friday. The Newfoundland team would have been the Thunder’s opponent in a set of three games postponed on Dec. 14.

“There’s no better way to kick-off the New Year celebration than with the fast-paced excitement of Adirondack Thunder ice hockey,” said team President Jeff Mead. “We’re thrilled to be back on home ice after a brief hiatus and look forward to seeing our fans for the first time in three weeks. Teaming up with our fans to usher in 2022 with our special weekend promotions is a great way to show how much we appreciate their loyalty all year long.”

The postponed games earlier this month were held off after 14 players and arena staff members tested positive for coronavirus. It halted a six-game winning streak for the team. “I think we all kind of knew coming into this year that there might be some COVID shutdown or something like that so obviously we’re just excited to get back home and play New Year’s Eve, it’s always a fun game,” said Harper.

The postponement also coincided with Gov. Kathy Hochul’s recent mandate that all indoor businesses in New York require either face masks or proof of vaccination upon entry. Cool Insuring Arena requires masks.

The New Year’s Eve game gets going at 5 p.m. on Friday. The arena is selling a special 4-pack of tickets that includes souvenir cups and a pair of jump passes to Sky Zone in Queensbury. The arena will also be offering $4 12-ounce cups of Bud Light beer throughout the game.

After the New Year’s return, the Thunder will continue to play at home on Sunday, Jan. 2, against Trois-Rivieres. Sunday’s game will be part of the team’s Family Fun Day promotion, including a three-ticket, popcorn and drink package for $54.

Tickets for Thunder games can be purchased online, or by phone at (518) 480-3355.