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Nine Recalled by Philadelphia

 

 

 

 

April 13, 2011

 

 

 

 

Nine Phantoms are heading to Philadelphia as part of the Flyers "Black Aces" playoff squad. All of the players being recalled from Adirondack are eligible to play in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs and will get the experience of being part of Philadelphia's post-season run. They will practice with the team at their practice facility in Voorhees, NJ and will be available should the need arise with the Flyers. Game one of the Flyers opening round playoff series is Thursday night vs. the Buffalo Sabres. Congratulations to the following Phantoms:

G Johan Backlund

D Matt Walker

D Erik Gustafsson

D Kevin Marshall

C Ben Holmstrom

LW Zac Rinaldo

LW Michael Ryan

RW Mike Testwuide

LW Eric Wellwood

Johan Backlund: 29 year old goalie from Sweden who just completed his second season of AHL hockey with the Phantoms. Backlund was 10-19-3, 3.28, .890 this year. He was the team MVP for the Phantoms in 2009-10 going 21-17-2, 2.79, .906.

Matt Walker: 31 year old defenseman with 310 games of NHL experience with St. Louis, Tampa Bay and Philadelphia. Walker played in 11 games this year with the Phantoms recording two assists. Walker battled his way through a pair of hip surgeries this season. His last game with the Phantoms was February 19 vs. Charlotte. Beaverlodge, Alta. was a 3rd round pick of the St. Louis Blues in 1998. Walker played in just four games with the Flyers this year.

Erik Gustafsson: 22 year old rookie represented the Phantoms and Eastern Conference at the AHL All-Star Game in Hershey on January 31. Was named to the AHL All-Rookie Team. Led the Phantoms in assists with 44 and was second to Denis Hamel in points with 49. The Northern Michigan University product from Sweden made his NHL debut with the Flyers on February 26 at Ottawa. He played in three NHL games this year total with the last two coming on a different call-up for games on March 17 and 19 at Atlanta and Dallas.

Kevin Marshall: Was the Flyers second round pick (#41 overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft out of Lewiston, ME in the QMJHL. The 22 year old from Boucherville, Quebec completed his second season with the Phantoms playing in 78 out of the team's 80 games and scoring three goals and 11 assists with 120 penalty minutes.

Ben Holmstrom: Was named Adirondack Phantoms MVP for 2010-11 for his gritty play on all ends of the ice. Led the Phantoms in games played with 79. Had his "ironman" streak of playing in every Phantoms ended on April 4, 2011 due to call-up the Flyers. Scored 16 goals and 22 assists for 38 points. Colorado Springs, Colo. native played in two NHL games this year making his NHL debut on March 3 vs. Toronto and then returning on April 5 for a game at Ottawa which featured his first NHL fight. The U-Mass Lowell product just celebrated his 24th birthday in the team's last victory of the season; a 2-1 triumph at Binghamton on Saturday, April 9.

Zac Rinaldo: Completed his first season of professional hockey playing in 60 games scoring three goals and six assists. The 20 year old from Hamilton, Ont. finished second in the AHL in penalty minutes with 331. Was tied for the league lead in majors with 33. Had previously led the OHL in penalty minutes in 2008-09 and 2009-10 playing for Mississauga, London and Barrie. Flyers 6th round pick in 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Michael Ryan: 30 year old from Boston, Mass. led the Phantoms in goals with 25. Played five games with Springfield scoring one goal before signing with Phantoms and making Adirondack debut November 24. 83 NHL games with Carolina and Buffalo with seven career goals. 107 career AHL goals. Starred with Albany River Rats in 2008-09 scoring 25 goals in only 40 games. Scored two hat tricks with Phantoms; January 28 at Syracuse and April 6 vs. Albany in the clinching victory for the Time Warner Cable Cup in the team's final home game. Younger brother, Billy Ryan, played 15 games with the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2008-09.

Mike Testwuide: Led all Phantoms rookies with 18 goals. Scored 15 of those goals in the team's last 34 games (since January 28) after scoring only three goals in his first 42 games. Recorded Adirondack's first ever hat trick at the Glens Falls Civic Center on April 1, 2011 in a 9-5 thrashing of the Albany Devils. Vail, Colorado native out of Colorado College where he scored 21 goals and 31 points in 36 games in his senior season 2009-10. Older brother J.P. Testwuide also played for the Phantoms.

Eric Wellwood: 21 year old rookie scored 16 goals in 73 games with the Phantoms. Flyers 6th round pick in 2009. Scored one assist in three NHL games in his first call-up to Flyers in November. Made NHL debut November 1 vs. Carolina. Won back to back Memorial Cup championships with Windsor Spitfired in 2009 and 2010. Scored 31 goals and 37 assists in 65 games with Windsor in 2009-10. Younger brother of San Jose Sharks forward Kyle Wellwood who has played 373 career NHL games, mostly with Vancouver and Toronto.

Phantoms Season Tickets for 2011-12 are on sale now! Full season ticket holders get an Adirondack Phantoms stadium blanket while supplies last and also will be in the Phantoms mug club for $1 sodas and coffees in Heritage Hall all season long. Call 518-480-3355 or log on at phantomshockey.com

 

 



 

 

 

 

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