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.[1] 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
2021–22 AHL 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 coachIan Laperriere
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.[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]

Mascots


meLVin in 2018

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 third mascot for the Phantoms' franchise, after "Phlex" (Philadelphia Phantoms) and "Dax" (Adirondack Phantoms).

Season-by-season results


Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League leader

Records as of May 16, 2021.[5]

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonGPWLTOTLSOLPtsPCTGFGAStandingYear1st
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
2019–206224283758.4681611867th, Atlantic2020Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2020–21321871[lower-alpha 1]4243.67296922nd, North2021No playoffs were held
Totals47424317713221540.570142614182 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


Updated July 14, 2021.[7][8][9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
11 Wade Allison RW R 23 2021 Myrtle, Manitoba Flyers
27 Chris Bigras D L 26 2019 Orillia, Ontario Flyers
25 Connor Bunnaman C L 23 2018 Guelph, Ontario Flyers
24 Ralph Cuddemi RW R 28 2020 Concord, Ontario Phantoms
22 Logan Day D R 26 2020 Seminole, Florida Phantoms
13 Ryan Fitzgerald C L 26 2021 Boca Raton, Florida Phantoms
71 Tyson Foerster C R 19 2021 Alliston, Ontario Flyers
6 Linus Högberg D L 22 2021 Stockholm, Sweden Flyers
29 Pascal Laberge C R 23 2018 Chateauguay, Quebec Flyers
35 Eamon McAdam G L 26 2021 Perkasie, Pennsylvania Phantoms
31 Zane McIntyre G L 28 2021 Grand Forks, North Dakota Phantoms
8 Mason Millman D L 20 2021 London, Ontario Flyers
86 Chris Mueller RW R 35 2021 West Seneca, New York Phantoms
9 Cal O'Reilly (C) C L 34 2019 Toronto, Ontario Phantoms
51 Derrick Pouliot D L 27 2021 Estevan, Saskatchewan Flyers
19 Isaac Ratcliffe LW L 22 2019 London, Ontario Flyers
21 Linus Sandin RW R 25 2021 Uppsala, Sweden Flyers
32 Felix Sandstrom G L 24 2019 Gävle, Sweden Flyers
26 Brennan Saulnier F L 27 2020 Halifax, Nova Scotia Phantoms
16 Matthew Strome LW L 22 2019 Mississauga, Ontario Flyers
15 Maxim Sushko RW L 22 2019 Brest, Belarus Flyers
20 Max Willman LW L 26 2019 Barnstable, Massachusetts Flyers
49 Garrett Wilson (A) LW L 30 2021 Elmvale, Ontario Phantoms
14 Zayde Wisdom C R 19 2021 Toronto, Ontario Flyers
5 Tyler Wotherspoon (A) D L 28 2019 Surrey, British Columbia Flyers
28 Wyatte Wylie D R 21 2021 Everett, Washington Flyers
44 Cameron York D L 20 2021 Anaheim, California Flyers
4 Egor Zamula D L 21 2021 Chelyabinsk, Russia Flyers

Team records


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

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


References


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  2. Phantoms' Allentown hockey arena details revealed in construction documents - Morning Call
  3. Phantoms Leave Fans Optimistic For 2016-17
  4. "Phantoms' new mascot, meLVin, makes his debut". The Morning Call. August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  5. Hockeydb.com, Lehigh Valley Phantoms season statistics and records.
  6. "Game Preview – Phantoms at Devils – Game #22". Lehigh Valley Phantoms. April 26, 2021.
  7. "Roster - Lehigh Valley Phantoms". Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Retrieved July 14, 2021.
  8. "Lehigh Valley Phantoms Roster". American Hockey League. Retrieved May 15, 2021.
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  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. "2017-18 AHL First, Second All-Star Teams unveiled". Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  14. "Phantoms/Flyers Organization Mutually Agree to Part Ways with Phantoms Head Coach Scott Gordon". OurSports Central. May 18, 2021.
  15. "Ian Laperriere Named Phantoms Head Coach". Lehigh Valley Phantoms. June 5, 2021.