This morning, the Devils’ ECHL affiliate, the Adirondack Thunder, named Alex Loh as their new head coach and Director of Hockey Operations.
The 33-year-old Loh becomes the third coach in Thunder history according to their press release. He replaces Brad Tapper, who moved on to the AHL, taking a job with the Grand Rapids Griffins (affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings).
The press release says that Loh spent the first two of his three years as an assistant under former coach Cail MacLean and Tapper. He became an associate coach before last season.
Loh previously worked in the AHL for the Portland Pirates and with the NCAA Division III school Colby College, where he coached with the men’s program. He was the varsity head coach at Peoples Academy in his home state of Vermont from 2009 to 2011.
The native of Morrisville, Vermont thanked the Thunder for his opportunity and stated that he knows “what a high standard this organiztion holds its coaching staff to and I am excited to continue the great hockey tradition here in Glens Falls.” He then thanked management and the two former coaches in Adirondack, MacLean and Tapper both of whom were big influences on him.
Thunder Govenor Ed Moore was quoted in the press release as saying that the team is happy “to promote from within as” they have “seen firsthand what Alex is capable of.” He then noted that Loh’s experience in both the AHL and the ECHL were factors in promoting him and that he “was absolutely the best candidate for the job and we are excited to see what he can do as the leader of our team.”