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Michael Leighton Returns!





October 3, 2011





The Phantoms have announced that goaltender Michael Leighton has been assigned to Adirondack according to Philadelphia Flyers General Manager Paul Holmgren.

Leighton, 30, returns for his second season with the Phantoms. He appeared in 30 games with Adirondack last season going 14-12-3, with a 2.22 goals-against average and .926 save percentage and five shutouts. His dazzling stops helped serve as a driving force behind the Phantoms’ second-half resurgence in 2010-11.

Especially strong down the stretch, Leighton posted back-to-back shutouts in his final two starts of the season earning a return to the Flyers for postseason play. Leighton appeared for Philadelphia in the postseason for the second consecutive season, a year after he guided the club to its first Stanley Cup Final since 1997 (eighth all time), by going 8-3. His Stanley Cup Final run included three shutouts of Montreal in the Eastern Conference Final.

He has 34 career shutouts in the AHL which is the most of any goalie since 1975 and rates sixth all-time. Leighton has played in 104 career NHL games and 294 AHL games. In his AHL career he has 144 total victories, a 2.30 goals against average and a .917 saves percentage. He set the all-time record league with 98 saves in a game in April, 2008 as an All-Star member of the Albany River Rats in their historic five overtime game against the Philadelphia Phantoms.

Originally a native of Petrolia, Ontario, this will be Leighton’s third season in his second stint in the Flyers organization. Leighton has also spent time in the Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks organizations.

Welcome Back, Leights!

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, Oct 8 - Connecticut Whale at Adirondack Phantoms, 7pm. OPENING NIGHT presented by Nemer Ford. Magnet Schedules presented by Great Meadow Federal Credit Union. Special Opening Night Jerseys which will be auctioned live immediately after the game.

Monday, Oct 10 - Phantoms Golf Scramble at Hiland Golf Course. One Phantoms player or staff on each
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