The Adirondack Phantoms are pleased to announce that rookie defenseman Erik Gustafsson has been selected for the AHL All-Star Classic presented by Blue Cross. Gustafsson will play for the Eastern Conference led by Hershey Bears coaches Mark French and Troy Mann.
The AHL All-Star Game is on Monday, January 31st at Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Gustafsson will also participate in the AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, January 30th.
Gustafsson recently returned to the Phantoms following his first call-up to the Philadelphia Flyers.
Gustafsson, 22 (12-15-88), was signed by the Flyers as a free agent on March 3, 2010. He currently leads the Phantoms in points with 27 including 23 assists. He is first among all AHL rookies in assists and is second for all AHL defensemen. His 15 power play assists place him fourth in the league among all players and first among rookies and blueliners
A native of Kvissleby, Sweden, Gustafsson joined the Phantoms for five games last season following the end of a three-year career at Northern Michigan University. He scored two goals and added five assists for seven points in those five games. Over three seasons at Northern Michigan, Gustafsson posted seven goals and 86 assists for 93 points in 123 games.
The 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross in Hershey will feature the top young talent in the American Hockey League, competing in the AHL All-Star Skills Competition and the AHL All-Star Game, a two-day event to be televised nationally in the United States and Canada. Of the 528 players to take part in the AHL All-Star Classic since 1995, more than 93 percent have competed in the National Hockey League, including Patrice Bergeron, Dan Boyle, Daniel Briere, Dustin Byfuglien, Brian Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Eric Fehr, Miikka Kiprusoff, Kari Lehtonen, Ryan Miller, Zach Parise, Bobby Ryan, Martin St. Louis, Jason Spezza, Eric Staal and Tomas Vokoun.
Upcoming Phantoms Games:
Friday, January 14, 7:30pm - Hershey Bears at Adirondack Phantoms - $1 Hot Dogs Saturday, January 15, 7:00pm - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Adirondack Phantoms - Phlex Retirement Party and Unifirst Youth Backpack Giveaway (first 1000 fans 14 and younger) Sunday, January 16, 4:00pm - Adirondack Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch Friday, January 21, 7:00pm - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. Adirondack Phantoms (at Philadelphia)
Don't be left out! Tickets for all Phantoms games are on sale now. Discount rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Save off the individual ticket price by asking the Phantoms about their great group rate packages.
The AHL is celebrating their 75th anniversary season and is the top development league for the NHL. More than 85 percent of today's NHL players are American Hockey League graduates and more than 6 million fans attend AHL games every year.
Come watch future NHL stars and up-and-coming Flyers prospects with exciting Adirondack Phantoms hockey! A variety of ticket packages for all the fast-paced action are on sale now. The Phantoms selection of discount ticket packages includes 3-packs, 6-packs, 12 and 22 Select Plans, full season plans and Flex Packs. Choose the plan that works best for you! Get your tickets at the Phantoms office inside the Glens Falls Civic Center, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.