Lehigh Valley Phantoms

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms
2020–21 AHL season
Lehigh Valley Phantoms logo.svg
CityAllentown, Pennsylvania
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
DivisionNorth
Founded1996
Home arenaPPL Center
ColorsBlack, orange, electric blue, white
       
Owner(s)The Brooks Group (Robert and Jim Brooks)
General managerChuck Fletcher
Head coachScott Gordon
CaptainCal O'Reilly[1]
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 in the American Hockey League (AHL) based at the PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, a core city of the Lehigh Valley.[2] The Phantoms franchise has been the top minor league affiliate for the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers since the 1996–97 season, previously playing in Philadelphia as the Philadelphia Phantoms until 2009, and in Glens Falls, New York, as the Adirondack Phantoms until 2014.

History[edit]

In March 2011, plans were announced for a new arena, the PPL Center, in the downtown area of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Demolition at the arena site began in January 2012.[3] 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.[2]

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.[4]

Mascots[edit]

On August 13, 2014, the Phantoms introduced their new mascot, "meLVin".[5] meLVin wears the number 55, which is LV in Roman numerals. The LV refers to "Lehigh Valley". He became the third mascot for the Phantoms' franchise, 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 12, 2020.[6]

Regular season Playoffs
Season GP W L 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
Totals 442 225 170 28 19 497 .562 1330 1326 2 playoff appearances

Current roster[edit]

Updated February 24, 2021.[7][8][9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
27 Canada Chris Bigras Injured Reserve D L 26 2019 Orillia, Ontario Flyers
24 Canada Ralph Cuddemi RW R 28 2020 Concord, Ontario Phantoms
22 United States Logan Day D R 26 2020 Seminole, Florida Phantoms
13 United States Ryan Fitzgerald C L 26 2021 Boca Raton, Florida Phantoms
71 Canada Tyson Foerster C R 19 2021 Alliston, Ontario Flyers
6 Sweden Linus Högberg D L 22 2021 Stockholm, Sweden Flyers
38 Czech Republic David Kase RW L 24 2018 Kadaň, Czech Republic Flyers
29 Canada Pascal Laberge C R 22 2018 Chateauguay, Quebec Flyers
10 United States Tanner Laczynski C R 23 2021 Shorewood, Illinois Flyers
7 Canada Tanner MacMaster C/LW L 25 2021 Calgary, Alberta Phantoms
35 United States Eamon McAdam G L 26 2021 Perkasie, Pennsylvania Phantoms
31 United States Zane McIntyre G L 28 2021 Grand Forks, North Dakota Phantoms
8 Canada Mason Millman D L 19 2021 London, Ontario Flyers
86 United States Chris Mueller RW R 34 2021 West Seneca, New York Phantoms
9 Canada Cal O'Reilly (C) C L 34 2019 Toronto, Ontario Phantoms
51 Canada Derrick Pouliot D L 27 2021 Estevan, Saskatchewan Flyers
21 Sweden Linus Sandin RW R 24 2021 Uppsala, Sweden Flyers
32 Sweden Felix Sandstrom G L 24 2019 Gävle, Sweden Flyers
26 Canada Brennan Saulnier F L 27 2020 Halifax, Nova Scotia Phantoms
16 Canada Matthew Strome LW L 22 2019 Mississauga, Ontario Flyers
20 United States Max Willman LW L 26 2019 Barnstable, Massachusetts Phantoms
49 Canada Garrett Wilson LW L 29 2021 Elmvale, Ontario Phantoms
14 Canada Zayde Wisdom C R 18 2021 Toronto, Ontario Flyers
5 Canada Tyler Wotherspoon Injured Reserve D L 27 2019 Surrey, British Columbia Flyers
28 United States Wyatte Wylie D R 21 2021 Everett, Washington Flyers
4 Russia Egor Zamula D L 20 2021 Chelyabinsk, Russia Flyers

Team records[edit]

As of the 2019–20 season[10]

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, 73
Career shutouts: Alex Lyon, 6
Career games: Greg Carey, 277

Individual awards[edit]

Les Cunningham Award (AHL Most Valuable Player)
Phil Varone 2017–18[11]
First All-Star Team
T.J. Brennan 2016–17[12]
Phil Varone: 2017–18[13]
Second All-Star Team
T.J. Brennan 2017–18[13]

Head coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phantoms Name Captains for 2019-20 Season". Lehigh Valley Phantoms. October 4, 2019. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Kraus, Scott; Assad, Matt (November 14, 2012). "Allentown's hockey team will be Lehigh Valley Phantoms". The Morning Call. Retrieved June 6, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Phantoms' Allentown hockey arena details revealed in construction documents - Morning Call
  4. ^ Phantoms Leave Fans Optimistic For 2016-17
  5. ^ "Phantoms' new mascot, meLVin, makes his debut". The Morning Call. August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  6. ^ Hockeydb.com, Lehigh Valley Phantoms season statistics and records.
  7. ^ "Roster - Lehigh Valley Phantoms". Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  8. ^ "Lehigh Valley Phantoms Roster". American Hockey League. Retrieved February 24, 2021.
  9. ^ "Lehigh Valley Phantoms Transactions". American Hockey League. Retrieved January 11, 2020.
  10. ^ "Lehigh Valley Phantoms Statistics and History". HockeyDB. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  11. ^ "Phantoms' Varone voted AHL MVP". AHL. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  12. ^ "2016-17 AHL First, Second All-Star Teams unveiled". Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  13. ^ a b "2017-18 AHL First, Second All-Star Teams unveiled". Retrieved 2018-05-14.

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