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October 26, 2011





Head Coach Joe Paterson announced before the season opener that his team’s leader in 2011-12 would be the youngest captain in Phantoms history. 24-year-old Ben Holmstrom was given the honor of the “C” on his jersey.

“He does all the little things. He wins faceoffs and blocks shots. He’s not as much of a vocal leader, but he really leads by example,” said Head Coach Joe Paterson on the decision to name Holmstrom Adirondack’s captain.

The Phantoms’ “new” captain in the 2011-12 season is Ben Holmstrom, who assumed the title from Dan Jancevski, with the latter now serving as an assistant captain along with fellow 700-game AHL veteran Denis Hamel.

“We have a good group here. Lots of guys who were here last year who provide us with good leadership,” Paterson said.

Although for Holmstrom, a second-year pro who was the Phantoms team MVP last season, this isn’t the first time he’s led his team. Holmstrom was a three-year captain of his college team (UMass-Lowell) and also captained his junior team, the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL).

Check out this vintage interview with “Captain” Holmstrom from college.

The team is bestowing the responsibility on the hard-working Flyers prospect who has garnered the respect of his teammates. He now becomes the Phantoms’ all-time youngest captain previously held by Boyd Kane who assumed the captaincy at 25 with the Philadelphia Phantoms.

“During the offseason, (Flyers General Manager) Paul Holmgren, (Flyers Assistant General Manager) John Paddock and I got together and decided Ben had to be the guy,” said Paterson.

“It’s really flattering,” commented Holmstrom on his new title. “Leading a team is a group effort and we have lots of guys who lead on this team, who don’t necessarily wear letters on their sweaters. But still, it’s a huge honor.”

While the 6-foot-1, 180-pound center out of Colorado Springs, CO may not be the most-vocal leader in the league, he does all the things that help teams win games, beyond making plays and scoring goals. He’s a key player on face-offs, the power-play, the penalty-kill, and on both ends of the ice.

In his senior year in college at UMass-Lowell, he was named Hockey East’s top defensive forward, becoming the first UMass-Lowell player to receive that honor in 11 years.

Along with the 38 points (16g, 22a) he produced last season and his responsible defensive play, Holmstrom isn’t afraid to mix it up either if his team needs a spark.

Although not known as a fighter, here’s Holmstrom taking on legendary Ottawa Senators tough guy Chris Neil, long considered one of the most-feared NHL scrappers.

Watch the video here.

On March 5, “Benny” was called up to the Philadelphia Flyers and made his NHL debut against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He came close to being the only Phantom to play in every game in 2010-11. But he was called up to the Flyers for a second time in April and thus missed an Adirondack game on April 6. He ended up playing 81 total games last year including 79 with the Phantoms and two with the Flyers.

With his enhanced leadership responsibilities in Glens Falls, the Flyers are hoping they are grooming their hard-working prospect for longer and more regular stays in the NHL in the years to come.








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