ECHL: An Interview With Adirondack Thunder Forward Travis Broughman

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The Adirondack Thunder have a few returners from last year’s team who made a remarkable comeback in the second half of the season to sneak into the Kelly Cup Playoffs. In the second half of the signings, it would be a couple of free-agent signings and a few calls ups from the SPHL that made all the difference and one of those call-ups was Travis Broughman, who spent his collegiate hockey at SUNY-Oswego, where he put up 41 goals and 37 assists for 78 points in 77 games during his three seasons at Oswego. Broughman wore the “C” during his senior year and would be named First-Team All-Conference as he put up 13 goals and 15 assists for 28 points in 27 games.

“Some of the best of the best times of my life and some of the worst. We went to SUNYAC state three times and lost all three but I made some memories, made a lot of friends who I consider my brothers now who will probably be invited to my wedding one day, just thankful that’s where I went and didn’t choose any other place”

Travis Broughman on his time at SUNY-Oswego

After spending his time at SUNY-Oswego, Broughman would begin his pro career in his home state of Virginia with the Roanoke Rail Yard Dogs, where he would spend parts of two seasons putting up 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in 27 games before joining the Adirondack Thunder right before Christmas 2022. He had a solid season last year with the Thunder after coming up from the SPHL, putting up 12 goals and 21 assists for 33 points in 48 games and filling the Thunder’s need for a big second-line center. Broughman’s success would carry into the Kelly Cup Playoffs, where he’d put up two goals and an assist during the Thunder’s first-round match-up vs the Newfoundland Growlers; Adirondack would get eliminated in five games. The Virginia Native would end up re-signing with the Thunder during the off-season.

“It’s been amazing, two different teams and obviously two different scenarios, but guys on both teams were awesome. I can’t thank Pete enough for the giving me the opportunity to show what I’ve got and obviously I did a good enough job to stick last year and come back this year and know this where I belong”

Travis Broughman on his time with the Adirondack Thunder so far.

Broughman had a tough start to the season, putting up just three goals and three assists prior to the Holiday break, including a couple of games where he would end up being a healthy scratch for the Thunder. The 26-year-old forward has since found his groove, as he currently has 10 goals and 10 assists for 20 points in 45 games with the Thunder this season.

“A little slow start until a little bit until after break until I started finding my game and who I am a player again and doing what I do best down low and getting to the net front and being a big boy to play against, the first half of the year wasn’t really going my way and a lot of it mental and I just had to get that out of there and just start playing my game”.

Travis Broughman on the 2023-24 season so far

Armand Klisivitch

Inside The Rink ECHL Manager | Senior Editor Credentialed Reporter for the Adirondack Thunder & Worcester Railers.

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