Lehigh Valley Phantoms

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.[2] The Phantoms' franchise has been the top minor league affiliate for the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers since the 1996–97 season.

Lehigh Valley Phantoms
2019–20 Lehigh Valley Phantoms season
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)

History

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]

Season-by-season results

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader

Records as of April 14, 2019.[5]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonGPWLOTLSOLPtsPCTGFGAStandingYear1st
round
2nd
round
3rd
round
Finals
2014–157633357174.4871942374th, East2015Did not qualify
2015–167634354375.4932152227th, Atlantic2016Did not qualify
2016–1776482350101.6642602192nd, Atlantic2017L, 2–3, HER
2017–1876471955104.6842602181st, Atlantic2018W, 3–1, PROW, 4–1, CHAL, 0–4, TOR
2018–197639304385.5592402445th, Atlantic2019Did not qualify
Totals3802011422512439.578116911402 playoff appearances

Current roster

Updated December 17, 2019.[6][7][8]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
35 Jean-Francois Berube G L 28 2019 Repentigny, Quebec Flyers
27 Chris Bigras D L 24 2019 Orillia, Ontario Flyers
43 T. J. Brennan D L 30 2016 Moorestown, New Jersey Flyers
25 Connor Bunnaman C L 21 2018 Guelph, Ontario Flyers
10 Greg Carey LW L 29 2016 Hamilton, Ontario Phantoms
51 Kyle Criscuolo RW R 27 2019 Southampton Township, New Jersey Flyers
2 James de Haas D L 25 2017 Mississauga, Ontario Phantoms
21 Gerry Fitzgerald C R 26 2019 Port Alberni, British Columbia Phantoms
14 Mark Friedman D R 23 2017 Toronto, Ontario Flyers
29 Kurtis Gabriel RW R 26 2019 Newmarket, Ontario Flyers
49 Pascal Laberge C R 21 2018 Chateauguay, Quebec Flyers
34 Alex Lyon G L 27 2016 Baudette, Minnesota Flyers
9 Cal O'Reilly (C) C L 33 2019 Toronto, Ontario Phantoms
39 Nate Prosser (C) D R 33 2019 Elk River, Minnesota Flyers
19 Isaac Ratcliffe LW L 20 2019 London, Ontario Flyers
17 German Rubtsov C L 21 2018 Chekhov, Russia Flyers
8 Matthew Strome LW L 20 2019 Mississauga, Ontario Flyers
15 Maksim Sushko RW L 20 2019 Brest, Belarus Flyers
11 Steven Swavely C R 28 2018 Reading, Pennsylvania Phantoms
18 Carsen Twarynski LW L 22 2018 Calgary, Alberta Flyers
3 Andy Welinski D R 26 2019 Duluth, Minnesota Flyers
44 Reece Willcox D R 25 2016 Surrey, British Columbia Flyers
5 Tyler Wotherspoon D L 26 2019 Surrey, British Columbia Flyers

Team records

As of the 2018–19 season[9]

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: 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

Career goals: Greg Carey, 88
Career assists: Chris Conner, 128
Career points: Chris Conner, 199
Career penalty minutes: Tyrell Goulbourne, 313
Career goaltending wins: Alex Lyon, 62
Career shutouts: Alex Lyon & Dustin Tokarski, 5
Career games: Chris Conner, 265

Individual awards

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

References

  1. "Phantoms Name Captains for 2019-20 Season". Lehigh Valley Phantoms. October 4, 2019. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  2. Kraus, Scott; Assad, Matt (November 14, 2012). "Allentown's hockey team will be Lehigh Valley Phantoms". The Morning Call. Retrieved June 6, 2013.
  3. Phantoms' Allentown hockey arena details revealed in construction documents - Morning Call
  4. Phantoms Leave Fans Optimistic For 2016-17
  5. Hockeydb.com, Lehigh Valley Phantoms season statistics and records.
  6. "Roster - Lehigh Valley Phantoms". Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  7. "Lehigh Valley Phantoms Roster". American Hockey League. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  8. "Lehigh Valley Phantoms Transactions". American Hockey League. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  9. "Lehigh Valley Phantoms Statistics and History". HockeyDB. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  10. "Phantoms' Varone voted AHL MVP". AHL. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  11. "2016-17 AHL First, Second All-Star Teams unveiled". Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  12. "2017-18 AHL First, Second All-Star Teams unveiled". Retrieved 2018-05-14.
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