GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – The Adirondack Thunder, ECHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils, announced that they have re-signed veteran forwards Shane HarperandShawn Weller to contracts for the 2022-23 season.
Harper recorded over a point-per-game last season with Adirondack, netting 52 points (22g-30a) in 48 games. The 33-year-old led the Thunder in assists and points in his first season back in North America since 2016-17.
A native of Valencia, California, Harper has spent time in the NHL, AHL, ECHL, KHL and SHL during his career. Prior to Harper's season in Adirondack, he played in three seasons overseas in the SHL with Örebro HK and Brynäs IF and one season in the KHL with Lada Togliatti. Harper laced up for the Adirondack Phantoms in the American Hockey League for parts of four seasons and also played 19 games for the Albany Devils.
Weller appeared in 22 games for Adirondack last season after being acquired from the Kansas City Mavericks. The South Glens Falls, New York native spent the eight years playing overseas in the DEL2 with Tölzer Löwen, Bietigheim Steelers, Dresdner Eiislöwen, Ravensburg Towerstars, and Starbulls Rosenheim. Weller notched 346 points (124g-222a) in 298 games during his time in DEL2.
Prior to his overseas career, Weller spent parts of seven seasons between the AHL and the ECHL. In the AHL, Weller played in games with the St. John's IceCaps, Texas Stars, Manitoba Moose, Abbotsford Heat and Binghamton Senators. In the ECHL, the 36-year-old suited up for the Stockton Thunder, South Carolina Stingrays, Bakersfield Condors and Elmira Jackals.