Adirondack Head Coach Greg
Gilbert Welcomed To Glens Falls
August 18th, 2009
GLENS FALLS, NY – The Adirondack Phantoms,
proud AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers,
introduced today their Head Coach Greg Gilbert at
a press conference at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
Introduced by a Flyers contingent of General Manager
Paul Holmgren, Director of Hockey Operations Chris
Pryor and Director of Player Development Don Luce,
along with Phantoms Co-Owner/President Rob Brooks,
Coach Gilbert announced that he was very excited
to be joining to organization.
“It is a great honor for me to be a part
of the Adirondack Phantoms, first and foremost,
and secondly the Philadelphia Flyers,” said
Gilbert. “I think it is a great opportunity
to work with such a historic and storied organization.
You look back at the years of success that the Flyers
have had, not only at the NHL level, but also at
the minor league level and I hope to help to contribute
to that so the winning ways can continue with the
Gilbert, who played at the Civic Center during
the 1985-86 season on a rehab assignment with the
Springfield Indians coming off a knee injury, remembers
his trip to the Adirondacks very favorably.
“I am very excited about being in Glens Falls.
It’s a beautiful area. I remember the atmosphere
in the building, skating on the ice you could see
the excitement of the fans. They are very knowledgeable
hockey fans, very passionate about the game.”
The new Phantoms Head Coach also gave the assembly
of local fans and members of the media a glimpse
of what the new Adirondack roster will be like.
“We’re going to have a very exciting
team here,” said Gilbert. “Probably
a fairly young team, but we’ve got some good
leadership and we’re going to play a hard-style
game, which is what the game is all about.”
Flyers’ GM Paul Holmgren, who formally introduced
Gilbert at Tuesday’s press conference, expressed
great respect and enthusiasm for the Phantoms’
“It’s a good day for hockey in the
Adirondack region, as we introduce Greg Gilbert
as the new coach of the Adirondack Phantoms,”
said Holmgren. “Greg is a guy that I am extremely
excited to have as a part of our organization. Not
only has he been a winner as a player through his
career in the National Hockey League, but he has
been a winner as a coach and we look for his leadership
and direction moving forward in our first season
here in Adirondack.”
Holmgren also discussed why he felt Gilbert would
be such a good fit with the Flyers’ farm club.
“I know Greg’s abilities and his motivation
to work with younger players, something that’s
really important in the new salary cap era in the
NHL – where you’ve got to have a steady
flow of young players that you can add to your big
team; hopefully a couple each year. Greg’s
strength as a coach are, obviously, his discipline,
his ability to work with younger players and his
tenacity behind the bench.”
The Adirondack Phantoms will open their 2009 Pre-Season
campaign on September 19th at the Prudential Center
in Newark, New Jersey against the Lowell Devils.
Adirondack will hit the Civic Center ice on Friday,
September 25th for their home pre-season game against
the Albany River Rats. The Phantoms 2009-10 Home
Opener is slated for Saturday, October 3rd at 7:30
pm at the Glens Falls Civic Center.
2009-10 Phantoms full and partial season ticket
packages are on sale now at the Phantoms office.
For more information please contact the Adirondack
Phantoms at (518) 480-3355 or online at www.phantomshockey.com