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Lehigh Valley Phantoms
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)

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. The Phantoms used three geographical monikers in their history. Philadelphia was the team's first geographical moniker as the team was based at the Spectrum in Philadelphia as the Philadelphia Phantoms. The team relocated to Glens Falls, New York and adopted the "Adirondack" geographical moniker as a reference to Glens Falls being based near the Adirondack Mountains, becoming known as the Adirondack Phantoms. The team relocated to Allentown and adopted the Lehigh Valley geographical moniker, becoming known as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The team has kept the "Phantoms" name under those three geographical monikers.

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]

Mascots

On August 13, 2014, the Phantoms introduced their new mascot, "meLVin", a puck-nosed pladottle that was yellow in color.[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, 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 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 canceled due to COVID-19
Totals 442 225 170 28 19 497 .562 1330 1326 2 playoff appearances

Current roster

Updated August 4, 2020.[7][8][9]

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

  1. ^ "Phantoms Name Captains for 2019-20 Season". Lehigh Valley Phantoms. October 4, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ a b Kraus, Scott; Assad, Matt (November 14, 2012). "Allentown's hockey team will be Lehigh Valley Phantoms". The Morning Call. Retrieved 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 2014.
  6. ^ Hockeydb.com, Lehigh Valley Phantoms season statistics and records.
  7. ^ "Roster - Lehigh Valley Phantoms". Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Lehigh Valley Phantoms Roster". American Hockey League. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ "Lehigh Valley Phantoms Transactions". American Hockey League. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Lehigh Valley Phantoms Statistics and History". HockeyDB. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "Phantoms' Varone voted AHL MVP". AHL. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ "2016-17 AHL First, Second All-Star Teams unveiled". Retrieved .
  13. ^ a b "2017-18 AHL First, Second All-Star Teams unveiled". Retrieved .

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