Utica Comets reassign two players to the Adirondack Thunder

A pair of forwards will join the Thunder.

The Adirondack Thunder, the ECHL affiliate of the Utica Comets and New Jersey Devils, announced in Thursday morning that forwards Luke Stevens and Samuel Laberge have been assigned to the team by the Comets.

Note: The day after this article was published, Stevens was recalled back to Utica.

The recent returns of Fabian Zetterlund, Alexander Holtz, and Chase DeLeo have created a surplus in Utica and thereby necessitating some movement. After today’s moves, the Comets are now carrying fourteen forwards, seven defensemen, and two goaltenders.

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Laberge started this season with the Adirondack Thunder and was then recalled to Utica. The twenty-four-year-old winger played in eight games for the Comets this season, totaling two goals, two assists, and nineteen PIM – seventeen of which came in last night’s game. The six feet, two inches, two-hundred-pound native of Chateauguay, Quebec has played in both the ECHL and AHL throughout his professional career.

Samuel Laberge taking a warmup skate prior to the start of Wednesday nights game. Photo Credit: Scott Kinville.

Forward Luke Stevens has played in four games for the Comets so far this season, totaling no points and no PIM. The twenty-four-year-old native of Duxbury, Massachusetts was drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes and played last season for the Wilkes Barre Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League. Stevens will bring an element of size to the Thunder as he stands six feet, four inches tall, and weighs one hundred ninety-two pounds.


The Adirondack Thunder next play on December 3rd, when they travel to Worcester, Massachusetts to take on the Railers. The Thunder have a 6-8-1 record thus far for the season and are in fifth place in the ECHL North Division. The Comets next game is on December 4th on the road as well against the Bridgeport Islanders. They are in first place in the AHL North Division with a 16-1-0-0 record.

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