Lehigh Valley Phantoms

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.

Lehigh Valley Phantoms
2019–20 Lehigh Valley Phantoms 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 coachScott Gordon
CaptainAndy Andreoff
Cal O'Reilly
Nate Prosser[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)

HistoryEdit

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]

MascotsEdit

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 resultsEdit

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 rosterEdit

Updated August 12, 2020.[7][8][9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
27   Chris Bigras D L 25 2019 Orillia, Ontario Flyers
10   Greg Carey LW L 30 2016 Hamilton, Ontario Phantoms
  Ralph Cuddemi RW R 27 2020 Concord, Ontario Phantoms
40   David Drake D L 25 2018 Naperville, Illinois Phantoms
29   Kurtis Gabriel RW R 27 2019 Newmarket, Ontario Flyers
36   Eric Knodel D L 30 2019 West Chester, Pennsylvania Phantoms
49   Pascal Laberge C R 22 2018 Chateauguay, Quebec Flyers
  Nathan Noel C R 23 2020 St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador Phantoms
9   Cal O'Reilly (A) C L 33 2019 Toronto, Ontario Phantoms
19   Isaac Ratcliffe LW L 21 2019 London, Ontario Flyers
32   Felix Sandstrom G L 23 2019 Gävle, Sweden Flyers
  Brennan Saulnier F L 26 2020 Halifax, Nova Scotia Phantoms
55   Chris Stewart RW R 32 2020 Scarborough, Ontario Flyers
8   Matthew Strome LW L 21 2019 Mississauga, Ontario Flyers
11   Steven Swavely C R 28 2018 Reading, Pennsylvania Phantoms
44   Reece Willcox D R 26 2016 Surrey, British Columbia Flyers
20   Max Willman LW L 25 2019 Barnstable, Massachusetts Phantoms
78   Lewis Zerter-Gossage RW L 25 2020 Montreal, Quebec Phantoms

Team recordsEdit

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 awardsEdit

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 coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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 January 11, 2020.
  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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