Lehigh Valley Phantoms

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms
2018–19 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 coachKerry Huffman (interim)
CaptainColin McDonald
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 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and play out of the PPL Center.[1] The Phantoms' franchise has been the top minor league affiliate for the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers since the 1996–97 season.

History[edit]

In March 2011, plans were announced for a new arena, the PPL Center, in the downtown area of Allentown, Pennsylvania, taking up the entire block between 7th and 8th St. and Hamilton Blvd. and Linden St. 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]

Season-by-season results[edit]

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader

Records as of April 15, 2018.[4]

Current roster[edit]

Updated March 21, 2019.[5][6][7]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
16 Canada Nicolas Aube-Kubel RW R 22 2016 Sorel, Quebec Flyers
9 United States Cole Bardreau C R 25 2015 Fairport, New York Flyers
43 United States T. J. Brennan (A) D L 29 2016 Moorestown, New Jersey Flyers
25 Canada Connor Bunnaman C L 20 2018 Guelph, Ontario Flyers
10 Canada Greg Carey LW L 28 2016 Hamilton, Ontario Flyers
22 United States Chris Conner (A) RW L 35 2015 Westland, Michigan Phantoms
2 Canada James de Haas D L 24 2017 Mississauga, Ontario Phantoms
37 Canada Mark Friedman D R 23 2017 Toronto, Ontario Flyers
18 Canada Byron Froese C R 28 2019 Winkler, Manitoba Flyers
12 Canada Tyrell Goulbourne LW L 25 2015 Edmonton, Alberta Flyers
38 Czech Republic David Kase RW L 22 2018 Kadan, Czech Republic Flyers
29 Canada Pascal Laberge C R 20 2018 Chateauguay, Quebec Flyers
20 Finland Jori Lehtera C L 31 2019 Lempäälä, Finland Flyers
34 United States Alex Lyon G L 26 2016 Baudette, Minnesota Flyers
13 United States Colin McDonald (C) RW R 34 2015 Wethersfield, Connecticut Phantoms
56 United States Mike McKenna G R 35 2019 St. Louis, Missouri Flyers
Canada Rob Michel (ATO) D R 24 2019 Camillus, New York Phantoms
7 United States Zach Palmquist D L 28 2018 South St. Paul, Minnesota Phantoms
17 Russia German Rubtsov Injured Reserve C L 20 2018 Chekhov, Russia Flyers
6 Sweden Philip Samuelsson D L 27 2018 Leksand, Sweden Phantoms
4 Canada David Schlemko D L 31 2019 Edmonton, Alberta Flyers
11 United States Steven Swavely C R 27 2018 Reading, Pennsylvania Phantoms
24 Canada Carsen Twarynski LW L 21 2018 Calgary, Alberta Flyers
21 United States Mike Vecchione C R 26 2017 Saugus, Massachusetts Flyers
15 Russia Mikhail Vorobyev C L 22 2017 Salavat, Russia Flyers
44 Canada Reece Willcox D R 25 2016 Surrey, British Columbia Flyers


Team records[edit]

As of the 2017–18 season[8]

Single season[edit]

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: Anthony Stolarz, 2.60 (2015–16)
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[edit]

Career goals: Danick Martel, 68
Career assists: Chris Conner, 93
Career points: Chris Conner, 148
Career penalty minutes: Samuel Morin, 273
Career goaltending wins: Anthony Stolarz, 48
Career shutouts: Dustin Tokarski, 5
Career games: Danick Martel, 199

Individual awards[edit]

Les Cunningham Award (AHL Most Valuable Player)
Phil Varone 2017–18[9]
First All-Star Team
T.J. Brennan 2016–17[10]
Phil Varone: 2017–18[11]
Second All-Star Team
T.J. Brennan 2017–18[11]

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. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  2. ^ Phantoms' Allentown hockey arena details revealed in construction documents - Morning Call
  3. ^ Phantoms Leave Fans Optimistic For 2016-17
  4. ^ Hockeydb.com, Lehigh Valley Phantoms season statistics and records.
  5. ^ "Roster - Lehigh Valley Phantoms". Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  6. ^ "Lehigh Valley Phantoms Roster". American Hockey League. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  7. ^ "Lehigh Valley Phantoms Transactions". American Hockey League. Retrieved March 21, 2019.
  8. ^ "Lehigh Valley Phantoms Statistics and History". HockeyDB. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  9. ^ "Phantoms' Varone voted AHL MVP". AHL. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "2016-17 AHL First, Second All-Star Teams unveiled". Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  11. ^ a b "2017-18 AHL First, Second All-Star Teams unveiled". Retrieved 2018-05-14.

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