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October 7, 2011





ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS vs. Connecticut Whale (New York Rangers),
Glens Falls Civic Center,
Saturday, October 8, 7:00 p.m.

Hockey season is back!

The Adirondack Phantoms are ready to begin the 2011-12 season presented by Bud Light against the Connecticut Whale at the Glens Falls Civic Center, Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

Most of last year’s players including many familiar faces are returning for Adirondack as they take on a Connecticut Whale team featuring legendary New York Rangers tough guy Sean Avery.

Opening Night presented by Nemer Ford features Phantoms magnet schedules courtesy of Great Meadow Federal Credit Union. The Phantoms are wearing commemorative Opening Night jerseys featuring a classic, retro-style. The impressive black-and-white uniforms will be auctioned to the fans right off the players’ backs immediately following the game.

The big news of the day will be the debut of the new improvements and features at the GFCC. Mayor Jack Diamond will help unveil the two large video-boards stationed in opposite corners of the arena. When he addresses the opening night crowd he will be doing so via the great new sound system that was also a major part of the improvements.

The new screens and sound system are the result of a collaborative effort between several different entities including the Glens Falls Civic Center Foundation, the city of Glens Falls, Warren County, and the Brooks Group. Special thanks go out to many groups and individuals who helped make this great day a reality. None of this is possible without the collaborative efforts of everyone involved.

Previewing the Phantoms

Adirondack features 14 returning players who appeared in a minimum of 30 games with the Phantoms last season. 19 players on the Opening Night roster played in at least one game with Adirondack in 2010-11. Some of the familiar names returning to the Phantoms this season include leading scorer Denis Hamel, 2010-11 MVP Ben Holmstrom, Phantoms Rookie of the Year Erik Gustafsson as well as Mike Testwuide, Eric Wellwood, Michael Leighton, Kevin Marshall and Jon Kalinski.

Head Coach Joe Paterson

Joe Paterson returns for his second season as head coach of the Adirondack Phantoms. The Glen Lake resident assumed the reigns midway through 2010-11 and guided the team to a 25-16-8 mark. Paterson has played in 293 career NHL games with the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. Paterson was a left wing on the Adirondack Red Wings from 1981-84, and scored 52 goals and 122 points in 169-career games. He also served as an assistant coach of the Adirondack Red Wings for three seasons from 1992-94, under Newell Brown. He played under Doug McKay, Bill Mahoney and Bill Dineen while with the Red Wings. His best season with Adirondack as a player was in 1981-82, when he scored 22 goals and 28 assists, for 50 points, in 74 games.

Phantoms Offense

Adirondack returns many of their leading corers and top players from 2010-11. The Phantoms’ leader in points and co-leader in goals, Denis Hamel (25g, 25a), begins his 15th season in pro hockey with 315-career markers. Hamel’s 315 goals are 16th in AHL history, and just one behind current Washington Capitals head coach, Bruce Boudreau, for 15th place on the all-time list. Boudreau, a former 20-year pro, finished his career by playing four playoff games with the Adirondack Red Wings in 1991-92, as the team was en route to its fourth Calder Cup championship.

The Phantoms’ second leading scorer last season, defenseman Erik Gustafsson (5g, 44a), returns as well. Last year, the rookie blueliner led the team in assists and played at the AHL All-Star Classic while also being named to the AHL All-Rookie Team.

Mike Testwuide led all Phantoms rookies in goals with 18. He lit it up in the second half of the season scoring 16 of those tallies. Eric Wellwood returns after an impressive debut season at only 20 years old in which he scored 16 goals and 28 points.

Phantoms Defense

Joining the aforementioned Erik Gustafsson on the Phantoms’ back line will be fellow-returnees Kevin Marshall, Oskars Bartulis, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Cullen Eddy, Oliver Lauridsen and Dan Jancevski, while University of New Hampshire product Blake Kessel is the lone newcomer.

Marshall played in 78 games last year and leads all Adirondack Phantoms players with 153 total games played.

Bartulis has 66 games of NHL experience under his belt with the Flyers including 13 last season. He has played in 153 games with the Adirondack and Philadelphia Phantoms dating back to 2007-08.

The veteran, Jancevski, served as the team’s captain in 2010-11. He has played in 776 career AHL games and moves into 35th all-time in Saturday’s contest.

Phantoms Goaltending

The veteran goaltending of the Phantoms is expected to be one of the team’s strengths this season. The trio of goalies currently on Adirondack’s roster are Michael Leighton, Jason Bacashihua and Johan Backlund. Leighton and Bacashihua have each played nine pro seasons in the AHL and NHL.

Backlund was the Phantoms team MVP in 2009-10 and has eight combined professional seasons between the AHL and Swedish Elite League.

Leighton equaled a Phantoms franchise record last year with a .926 saves percentage. Leighton starts the year with 144 AHL wins and 34 shutouts, including five last season. The 34 shutouts are the most in the AHL’s modern era (since 1975) and sixth most all-time.

Bacashihua comes to the Phantoms from the Lake Erie Monsters (Colorado) of the AHL. He was 23-16-3 last season with an impressive 2.29 goals against average. He was with the Hershey Bears in their most recent Calder Cup championship season the year before that and has played parts of two seasons with the St. Louis Blues.

About the Connecticut Whale

Sean Avery was placed on waivers by the New York Rangers and assigned to the Connecticut Whale. He has been agitating opponents as a Ranger for the past five seasons and has racked up 1,512 penalty minutes in his NHL career which began with the Detroit Red Wings in 2001-02. He has played in 565 career NHL games. This will be his first AHL game since 2008-09 when he played in eight games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the former name for the Connecticut Whale.

The most veteran Whale defenseman is Wade Redden, who has appeared in 994 NHL games with the Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers, since 1996. A former two-time NHL All-Star, this will be Redden’s second season with Connecticut, after the veteran rearguard was sent to the AHL by the New York Rangers last October.

Ryan Bourque may make his professional debut in the contest. He is the son of former Boston Bruin and Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ray Bourque who retired after winning the Stanley Cup in 2000-01. The Hall of Famer is first all-time in career points by a defenseman (1579) and defenseman goals (410).

The Whale are led by Head Coach Ken Gernander. He is the AHL's all-time leader with 123 career playoff games played and is the league's all-time leading scorer among American-born players with 624 points in 973 games.

Family Ties

The Phantoms opening night roster features Eric Wellwood, Blake Kessel, Tye McGinn and Brayden Schenn, all of whom have older brothers on NHL rosters. Kessel’s older brother, Phil, and Schenn’s older brother, Luke, both skate for the Toronto Maple Leafs. McGinn’s brother Jamie plays for San Jose, and Wellwood’s brother, Kyle, is part of the newly-formed Winnipeg Jets.

New Division

Formerly members of opposite divisions in the Eastern Conference, the AHL’s realignment in the summer of 2011 has planted the Phantoms and Whale in the same division in 2011-12, as both will be charter members of the newly-formed Northeast Division. The division will also feature the Albany Devils, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Springfield Falcons.


Be Here! Phantoms Tickets are On Sale Now!

Adirondack Phantoms game tickets are on sale now. Starting at just $12.25 for adults and $10 for kids it’s the best entertainment value in town. Season tickets offer great savings and outstanding perks and benefits. 22 game and 12 game plans give the fans flexibility to choose the games that work best for their schedule while also saving big compared with purchasing the tickets individually. Call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355 to find out more.


Phantoms to Host Outdoor Classic

The Phantoms have announced they will be a part of the NHL Winter Classic week-long celebration of hockey when they host the Hershey Bears on January 6 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. This will be only the third outdoor game in AHL history and is the first to be associated with the NHL Winter Classics. It is also the first ever outdoor game for the Phantoms.

"This is an extremely exciting day for the Phantoms organization and Phantoms fans everywhere," said Phantoms President Rob Brooks. "A hockey celebration and atmosphere unlike anything the AHL has ever seen will happen at Citizens Bank Park. We are extremely grateful to (Comcast Spectacor President) Peter Luukko for helping make this truly great event a reality."

Citizens Bank Park will also host the Philadelphia Flyers vs. the New York Rangers on January 2. It is the baseball home for the Philadelphia Phillies and will have a seating capacity of approximately 40,000. The Phantoms are hoping to break the all-time AHL attendance record of 21,673 set last season at an outdoor game in East Hartford, Conn.


On the Air!

All Adirondack Phantoms games are carried live on the flagship home of the Phantoms Hockey Network, Classic Hits Q101.7 FM. Each broadcast begins with a 30 pregame show. Also featured is an extended post-game show including audio replay highlights of the big goals so be sure to tune in as you driving home after the game. Bob Rotruck returns for his second season has the Voice of the Phantoms.

Fans can also listen on the Phantoms Hockey Network on the internet at phantomshockey.com and on the team’s alternative audio link, ustream.tv/channel/phantomsradio . Games can also be seen on www.ahllive.com. The presenting sponsor of the Phantoms Hockey Network is Curtis Lumber.

Beginning Monday, October 17 is the all new "Phantoms Power Hour" weekly show airing live from McGinny's Tavern in downtown Glens Falls. The show featuring Phantoms players, host Bob Rotruck, and you, the fans, airs on Mondays from 7-8 p.m. on Q101.7

Jimmer Bobbleheads and More!

The first ever bobblehead of local sports icon Jimmer Fredette highlights a great schedule of promotional giveaways, events and bargains and fun. Even more post-game skates with the players and lots of other opportunities for fans to interact with the team. Magnet Schedules, Youth Jerseys, T-Shirts, Youth Knit Caps and that’s just to name a few.

Every Sunday home game is Sunday Family Fun Pack Day when $39 gets you an amazing value with three tickets, three hot dogs, three sodas, bucket of popcorn and a program. All Wednesday games are Dollar Hot Dog Nights.

Don’t forget other fun and special events like Pucks and Paws on December 28 when fans can bring their dog to the game. And the On Ice Halloween Costume Parade on October 29.


Social Media Milestone

The Adirondack Phantoms thank all of our great fans for helping us surpass reach the 10,000 milestone for total social media followers. 6,400 fans on our team’s Facebook page and over 3,800 fans following us on twitter. And we’re growing all the time! Be sure to keep up with the latest Phantoms happenings and follow the Phantoms on twitter @phantomshockey and on facebook.com/adkhockey

Get great savings and have fun with your friends, family or co-workers by bringing your group of 15 or more fans to enjoy fast-paced, hard-hitting Phantoms hockey. Call the Phantoms to find out more at 518-480-3355and check the team's website at phantomshockey.com






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