Lehigh Valley Phantoms

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms
2020–21 AHL season
City Allentown, Pennsylvania
League American Hockey League
Division North
Founded 1996
Home arena PPL Center
Colors Black, orange, electric blue, white
                   
Owner(s) The Brooks Group (Robert and Jim Brooks)
General manager Chuck Fletcher
Head coach Ian Laperrière
Media The Morning Call
WFMZ-TV channel 69
WAEB (AM) - AM 790
WSAN - AM 1470
Service Electric Cable TV2 Sports
AHL.TV (Internet)
Affiliates Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)
Reading Royals (ECHL)
Franchise history
1996–2009 Philadelphia Phantoms
2009–2014 Adirondack Phantoms
2014–present Lehigh Valley Phantoms
Championships
Division Championships 1 (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.[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.

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

File:MeLVin.jpg
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 season Playoffs
Season GP W L T 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
2020–21 32 18 7 1[lower-alpha 1] 4 2 43 .672 96 92 2nd, North 2021 No playoffs were held
Totals 474 243 177 1 32 21 540 .570 1426 1418 2 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 May 15, 2021.[7][8][9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
11 Canada Allison, WadeWade Allison RW R 24 2021 Myrtle, Manitoba Flyers
27 Canada Bigras, ChrisChris Bigras D L 27 2019 Orillia, Ontario Flyers
25 Canada Bunnaman, ConnorConnor Bunnaman C L 24 2018 Guelph, Ontario Flyers
24 Canada Cuddemi, RalphRalph Cuddemi RW R 29 2020 Concord, Ontario Phantoms
22 United States Day, LoganLogan Day D R 27 2020 Seminole, Florida Phantoms
13 United States Fitzgerald, RyanRyan Fitzgerald C L 27 2021 Boca Raton, Florida Phantoms
71 Canada Foerster, TysonTyson Foerster C R 20 2021 Alliston, Ontario Flyers
6 Sweden Högberg, LinusLinus Högberg D L 23 2021 Stockholm, Sweden Flyers
38 Czech Republic Kase, DavidDavid Kase RW L 25 2018 Kadaň, Czech Republic Flyers
29 Canada Laberge, PascalPascal Laberge C R 24 2018 Chateauguay, Quebec Flyers
7 Canada MacMaster, TannerTanner MacMaster C/LW L 26 2021 Calgary, Alberta Phantoms
35 United States McAdam, EamonEamon McAdam G L 27 2021 Perkasie, Pennsylvania Phantoms
31 United States McIntyre, ZaneZane McIntyre G L 29 2021 Grand Forks, North Dakota Phantoms
8 Canada Millman, MasonMason Millman D L 20 2021 London, Ontario Flyers
86 United States Mueller, ChrisChris Mueller RW R 36 2021 West Seneca, New York Phantoms
9 Canada O'Reilly, CalCal O'Reilly (C) C L 35 2019 Toronto, Ontario Phantoms
51 Canada Pouliot, DerrickDerrick Pouliot D L 28 2021 Estevan, Saskatchewan Flyers
19 Canada Ratcliffe, IsaacIsaac Ratcliffe LW L 23 2019 London, Ontario Flyers
21 Sweden Sandin, LinusLinus Sandin RW R 26 2021 Uppsala, Sweden Flyers
32 Sweden Sandstrom, FelixFelix Sandstrom G L 25 2019 Gävle, Sweden Flyers
26 Canada Saulnier, BrennanBrennan Saulnier F L 28 2020 Halifax, Nova Scotia Phantoms
15 Belarus Sushko, MaximMaxim Sushko RW L 23 2019 Brest, Belarus Flyers
20 United States Willman, MaxMax Willman LW L 27 2019 Barnstable, Massachusetts Flyers
49 Canada Wilson, GarrettGarrett Wilson (A) LW L 31 2021 Elmvale, Ontario Phantoms
14 Canada Wisdom, ZaydeZayde Wisdom C R 19 2021 Toronto, Ontario Flyers
5 Canada Wotherspoon, TylerTyler Wotherspoon (A) D L 29 2019 Surrey, British Columbia Flyers
28 United States Wylie, WyatteWyatte Wylie D R 22 2021 Everett, Washington Flyers
44 United States York, CameronCameron York D L 21 2021 Anaheim, California Flyers
4 Russia Zamula, EgorEgor Zamula D L 22 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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