September 08, 2017
By: Kristi Fulkerson
Football season has finally arrived and hockey isn’t far behind. As it stands today, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms’ opener is just 29 days away! But there’s plenty of hockey to see between now and then including the Flyers preseason game vs. NY Islanders on Sept. 20 (12 days away) and back-to-back Phantoms preseason games on Sept. 29 & 30 vs. Charlotte (21 days away).
[For those of you excited for Christmas, we have 108 days to go!
>>The Phantoms will play 32 regular season games before then….!]
Anyway, there’s a lot to look forward to this season when it comes to the Flyers and Phantoms. Lehigh Valley is coming off it’s best season in Allentown, winning 48 regular season games and qualifying for playoffs for the first time since 2009 (Philadelphia Phantoms). Several key pieces of the 2016-17 team return this season and many of last year’s Phantoms will compete for a roster spot in Philadelphia.
The team re-signed several free agents and added a handful of new players, many of which will play for ECHL affiliate Reading and add depth for the organization. Here’s a quick rundown of the additions/contract extensions:
SIGNED TO AHL CONTRACT
9/8 *G Mark Dekanich (31, 10th pro season)
8/31 G Leland Irving (29, 10th pro season)
8/18 D James DeHaas (23, rookie)
8/16 F Alex Krushelnyski (26, 4th pro season)
8/4 D Nolan Zajac (25, 2nd pro season)
7/6 *F Chris Conner (33, 12th pro season - 22 goals, 56 points in 70 GP w/ LV)
F Derek Hulak (27, 4th pro season)
F Matt Willows (25, 3rd pro season)
D Frank Hora (21, rookie)
G John Muse (28, 7th pro season)
SIGNED BY FLYERS
7/15 *G Alex Lyon (24, 2nd pro season - 27-14-5, 2.74 GAA, .912 save % w/ LV)
*G Anthony Stolarz (23, 4th pro season 18-9, 2.92 GAA, .911 save % w/ LV)
*F Cole Bardreau (23, 3rd pro season - 24 points in 72 GP w/ LV)
7/14 *F Taylor Leier (23, 4th pro season - 37 points in 48 GP w/ LV)
7/11 *F Scott Laughton (23, 4th pro season - 39 points, +17 in 60 GP w/ LV)
7/1 *F Corban Knight (26, 5th pro season - 29 asst., 40 points in 72 GP w/ LV)
F Phil Varone (26, 7th year pro)
F Mike Vecchione (24, rookie)
6/27 *D Mark Alt (25, 6th pro season - 11 points, +8 in 40 GP w/ LV)
2016-17 PHANTOMS PLAYING ELSEWHERE
F Andy Miele - Swedish Hockey League’s Malmo Redhawks
F Mark Zengerle - Swedish Hockey League’s Linkopings HC
G Martin Ouellette - AHL’s Charlotte Checkers
*Rookie camp begins Saturday, September 9 at the Flyers’ Skate Zone in Voorhees, NJ while full training camp gets underway on September 15.
OTHER NOTABLE OFF-SEASON NEWS
Phantoms Announce 2017-18 Promotional Schedule https://goo.gl/Pp8YgM
AHL announces new division alignment for 2017-18: https://goo.gl/ETHcer
Service Electric Awarded the James H. Ellery Memorial Award for 2016-17 Season: https://goo.gl/S5kjsm
2017-18 AHL Schedule Unveiled http://theahl.com/2017-18-ahl-schedule-unveiled
Don’t forget, you can see all Phantoms home games live and exclusively on TV2/502HD! Our pre-game show ‘Phantoms Front & Center’ begins (roughly) a half-hour before puck drop plus our weekly feature show ‘Breaking the Ice’ returns on Monday nights at 7pm during the season!