Lehigh Valley Phantoms

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms
2021–22 AHL season
Lehigh Valley Phantoms logo.svg
CityAllentown, Pennsylvania
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
DivisionAtlantic
Founded1996
Home arenaPPL Center
ColorsBlack, orange, electric blue, white
       
Owner(s)The Brooks Group (Robert and Jim Brooks)
General managerChuck Fletcher
Head coachIan Laperriere
CaptainCal O'Reilly
MediaThe Morning Call
WFMZ-TV channel 69
WAEB (AM) – AM 790
WSAN – AM 1470
Service Electric Cable TV2 Sports
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesPhiladelphia Flyers (NHL)
Reading Royals (ECHL)
Franchise history
1996–2009Philadelphia Phantoms
2009–2014Adirondack Phantoms
2014–presentLehigh Valley Phantoms
Championships
Division Championships1 (2017–18)

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms are a professional ice hockey team based in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The team competes in the American Hockey League (AHL) and serves as the primary development team for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League.[1]

The Phantoms have been the top minor league affiliate for the Flyers since the 1996–97 season, playing in Philadelphia as the Philadelphia Phantoms from 1996 until 2009, then in Glens Falls, New York as the Adirondack Phantoms from 2010 until 2013, and in Allentown as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms since 2014.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms play their home games at PPL Center, an 8,500 capacity, $282 million indoor arena that opened in downtown Allentown on September 10, 2014.

History[edit]

PPL Center in Allentown, the home arena of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms

In March 2011, plans were announced for a new arena, the PPL Center, in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania. Demolition at the arena site began in January 2012.[2] In February 2012, it was announced that the Adirondack Phantoms, a franchise that originated as the Philadelphia Phantoms, would relocate to the PPL Center in Allentown from Glens Falls, New York. The franchise originally intended to begin play in Allentown in 2013, but due to litigation over the construction of PPL Center, the team did not play until the 2014–15 AHL season. The purple color used since the team's inception was replaced by electric blue when the team relocated to the Lehigh Valley.[1]

The arena has been consistently full. During the 2015–16 season, the PPL Center was filled at a 97.9% capacity on average, and had 24 sellouts in the 38 Phantoms home games, including the last 13. The Phantoms finished seventh in the AHL attendance rankings with an average of 8,244 fans, surpassed only by teams with larger venues.[3]

Mascot[edit]

On August 13, 2014, the Phantoms introduced their new mascot "meLVin".[4] meLVin wears the number 55, which is LV in Roman numerals. The LV refers to Lehigh Valley. He became the Phantoms' third mascot after "Phlex" (Philadelphia Phantoms) and "Dax" (Adirondack Phantoms).

Season-by-season results[edit]

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League leader

Records as of May 3, 2022.[5]

Regular season Playoffs
Season GP W L T OTL SOL Pts PCT GF GA Standing Year 1st
round
2nd
round
3rd
round
Finals
2014–15 76 33 35 7 1 74 .487 194 237 4th, East 2015 Did not qualify
2015–16 76 34 35 4 3 75 .493 215 222 7th, Atlantic 2016 Did not qualify
2016–17 76 48 23 5 0 101 .664 260 219 2nd, Atlantic 2017 L, 2–3, HER
2017–18 76 47 19 5 5 104 .684 260 218 1st, Atlantic 2018 W, 3–1, PRO W, 4–1, CHA L, 0–4, TOR
2018–19 76 39 30 4 3 85 .559 240 244 5th, Atlantic 2019 Did not qualify
2019–20 62 24 28 3 7 58 .468 161 186 7th, Atlantic 2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21 32 18 7 1[a] 4 2 43 .672 96 92 2nd, North 2021 No playoffs were held
2021–22 76 29 32 10 5 73 .480 195 239 8th, Atlantic 2022 Did not qualify
Totals 550 272 209 1 42 26 613 .557 1621 1657 2 playoff appearances
  1. ^ A game between the Phantoms and Binghamton Devils was suspended while tied and not completed, resulting in a 1–1 tie and a point for each team.[6]

Current roster[edit]

Updated May 1, 2022.[7][8][9]

No. Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
11 Canada Wade Allison RW R 24 2021 Myrtle, Manitoba Flyers
18 United States Jackson Cates C L 24 2021 Stillwater, Minnesota Flyers
5 United States Adam Clendening D L 29 2021 Niagara Falls, New York Flyers
22 United States Logan Day D R 27 2020 Seminole, Florida Phantoms
30 Sweden Samuel Ersson G L 22 2021 Falun, Sweden Flyers
26 United States Colin Felix D R 23 2022 Camden, New Jersey Phantoms
13 United States Ryan Fitzgerald C L 27 2021 Boca Raton, Florida Flyers
39 United States Charlie Gerard F R 26 2021 Rocky River, Ohio Phantoms
33 United States Darion Hanson G L 25 2022 East Bethel, Minnesota Phantoms
6 Sweden Linus Hogberg D L 23 2021 Stockholm, Sweden Flyers
47 United States Adam Johnson LW L 27 2022 Hibbing, Minnesota Phantoms
2 United States Adam Karashik D R 24 2022 Ridgefield, Connecticut Phantoms
48 United States Alex Kile LW L 27 2022 Troy, Michigan Phantoms
10 United States Tanner Laczynski C R 25 2021 Shorewood, Illinois Flyers
28 United States Nick Lappin RW R 29 2021 Geneva, Illinois Phantoms
40 Canada Ryan MacKinnon D R 27 2021 Summerside, Prince Edward Island Phantoms
61 United States Brennan Menell D R 25 2022 Woodbury, Minnesota Flyers
8 Canada Mason Millman D L 20 2021 London, Ontario Flyers
27 Canada Brad Morrison C L 25 2022 Prince George, British Columbia Phantoms
35 United States Pat Nagle G L 34 2021 Bloomfield Township, Michigan Phantoms
9 Canada Cal O'Reilly (C) C L 35 2019 Toronto, Ontario Phantoms
19 Canada Isaac Ratcliffe LW L 23 2019 London, Ontario Flyers
38 United States Will Riedell D L 25 2022 Greensboro, North Carolina Phantoms
21 Sweden Linus Sandin RW R 26 2021 Uppsala, Sweden Flyers
32 Sweden Felix Sandstrom G L 25 2019 Gävle, Sweden Flyers
24 Canada Brennan Saulnier F L 28 2020 Halifax, Nova Scotia Phantoms
16 Canada Matthew Strome LW L 23 2019 Mississauga, Ontario Flyers
72 Belarus Kirill Ustimenko G L 23 2019 Gomel, Belarus Flyers
20 United States Max Willman LW L 27 2019 Barnstable, Massachusetts Flyers
49 Canada Garrett Wilson (A) LW L 31 2021 Elmvale, Ontario Phantoms
29 United States Wyatte Wylie D R 22 2021 Everett, Washington Flyers
4 Russia Egor Zamula D L 22 2021 Chelyabinsk, Russia Flyers
7 United States Cooper Zech D L 23 2021 South Lyon, Michigan Flyers

Team records[edit]

Lehigh Valley Phantoms take on Laval Rocket at PPL Center in Allentown, January 11, 2020
Lehigh Valley Phantoms play the Hartford Wolf Pack at PPL Center in Allentown, December 14, 2019

As of the 2020–21 season[5]

Single season
Goals: Greg Carey, 31 (2017–18)
Assists: Phil Varone, 47 (2017–18)
Points: Phil Varone, 70 (2017–18)
Penalty minutes: Jay Rosehill, 219 (2014–15)
GAA: Jean-Francois Berube, 2.56 (2019–20)
SV%: Rob Zepp, .917 (2014–15)
Wins: Alex Lyon (2016–17), 27
Shutouts: Dustin Tokarski (2017–18), 5
  • Goaltending records need a minimum 25 games played by the goaltender
Career
Career goals: Greg Carey, 103
Career assists: Chris Conner, 128
Career points: Chris Conner, 199
Career penalty minutes: Tyrell Goulbourne, 313
Career goaltending wins: Alex Lyon, 75
Career shutouts: Alex Lyon, 6
Career games: Greg Carey, 277

Individual awards[edit]

Les Cunningham Award (AHL Most Valuable Player)
Phil Varone 2017–18[10]
First All-Star Team
T.J. Brennan 2016–17[11]
Phil Varone: 2017–18[12]
Second All-Star Team
T.J. Brennan 2017–18[12]

Head coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kraus, Scott; Assad, Matt (November 14, 2012). "Allentown's hockey team will be Lehigh Valley Phantoms". The Morning Call. Archived from the original on May 25, 2013. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Kraus, Scott (March 5, 2012). "More details of Phantoms' Allentown arena, hotel, offices emerge". The Morning Call. Archived from the original on October 3, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2012.
  3. ^ Prass, Paul (April 19, 2016). "Phantoms Leave Fans Optimistic For 2016–17 | The Home News". The Home News. Retrieved April 19, 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Kraus, Scott (August 13, 2014). "Phantoms' new mascot, meLVin, makes his debut". The Morning Call. Retrieved August 13, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ a b "Lehigh Valley Phantoms Statistics and History". HockeyDB. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "Game Preview – Phantoms at Devils – Game #22". Lehigh Valley Phantoms. April 26, 2021.
  7. ^ "Roster – Lehigh Valley Phantoms". Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Retrieved May 1, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Lehigh Valley Phantoms Roster". American Hockey League. Retrieved May 1, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Lehigh Valley Phantoms Transactions". American Hockey League. Retrieved May 1, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Phantoms' Varone voted AHL MVP". American Hockey League. April 13, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "2016-17 AHL First, Second All-Star Teams unveiled". American Hockey League. April 6, 2017. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "2017-18 AHL First, Second All-Star Teams unveiled". American Hockey League. April 5, 2018. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  13. ^ "Phantoms/Flyers Organization Mutually Agree to Part Ways with Phantoms Head Coach Scott Gordon". OurSports Central. May 18, 2021. Retrieved May 18, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "Ian Laperriere Named Phantoms Head Coach". Lehigh Valley Phantoms. June 5, 2021. Retrieved June 5, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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