GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – The Adirondack Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League's New Jersey Devils and American Hockey League's Utica Comets, announced that they have signed defenseman Chris Lijdsman to a contract for the 2021-22 season.
Lijdsman joins the Thunder after spending the 2020-21 season with the Birmingham Bulls of the Southern Professional Hockey League. In 39 games, he posted 12 points (2g-10a). Over the course of four seasons, Lijdsman skated in 127 SPHL games and saw time with the Pensacola Ice Flyers, Huntsville Havoc and Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs in addition to Birmingham.
Lijdsman made his ECHL debut with the Jacksonville IceMen in 2019-20, accumulating 21 penalty minutes and a +7 rating in 15 games.
Prior to his North American professional hockey career, Lijdsman played 29 games in Germany3 with ECC Preussen Berlin and 23 games in France2 with Tours.
Lijdsman spent four seasons playing collegiately in Canada in the ACAC (two seasons with Concordia University of Alberta and two seasons with Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. In 107 games, the Calgary, Alberta native netted 77 points (12g-65a).