I recently sat down with Adirondack Thunder goaltender Evan Cormier who has split time this season between Adirondack and the Binghamton Devils of the AHL. Cormier was a fourth-round selection of the New Jersey Devils back in 2016. The Bowman, Ontario native spent one game in the NHL this season, but didn’t see any action. However, Cormier did have an upbeat attitude when we sat down on Tuesday morning after practice.

AK: What’s it been like for this year splitting time between Binghampton and Adirondack?

EC: It’s been pretty crazy. It’s not really the way I wanted this year. When you have a guy like Cory Schneider, he’s gonna see most of the time in the net. Being here, it’s good for me and my development.

AK: What’s the relationship like between you and Eamon McAdam?

EC: Well, I just met him at camp this year and we kinda developed a relationship from there and then once he ended up down here, he and I went up to Binghamton, we didn’t really talk much. Once I got sent down and all the up and down I’ve been doing, we’ve built a pretty solid relationship.

AK: What got you into hockey and more specifically a goaltender?

EC: Everyone in my family was a goalie, my brother, my dad and my uncle, he played in the NHL for a couple of teams, so I decided to give it a shot.

AK: Who designed your mask and what’s the story behind it?

EC: Dave Art designed my mask and I told him just to do something random. I have a second mask that I told him to do a little bit more customization that has the Black Devils on them. The Black Devils were an elite American-Canadian Commando unit in World War II. He wanted to do it as a tribute to them.

Stay tuned for our next edition of Thunder Thoughts as we sit down with the Thunder’s leading goal scorer Casey-Pierro-Zabotel who has played for nine different ECHL teams over the course of his career.

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