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November 10, 2011





The American Hockey League has announced that former Phantom John Stevens is a member of the 2012 AHL Hall of Fame Class to be honored during festivities at the AHL All-Star Classic in Atlantic City in January.

Stevens was with the Philadelphia Phantoms as a player and coach for 10 seasons from 1996 through 2006 and was a part of two Calder Cup Championship teams there; as a player in 1998 and as Head Coach in 2005.

Stevens is one of only 16 men in AHL history to win Calder Cup Championships as a player and head coach. 2010 AHL Hall of Fame inductee John Paddock who was interim Head Coach of the Phantoms in 2010-11 and also Philadelphia Phantoms Head Coach in 2008-09 is also in that group.

Also honored by the AHL Hall of Fame Selection Committee in the 2012 class are Joe Crozier, Jack Gordon and Zellio Toppazzini.

A tough defensive defenseman, John Stevens was regarded as one of the top blueliners in the AHL during his playing days, and when injury forced him off the ice he found success as a coach as well.

A native of Campbellton, N.B., Stevens was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1984 and made his professional debut with the Hershey Bears at the age of 18. His first four pro seasons were split between Hershey and Philadelphia, and he was a member of the Bears’ 1988 Calder Cup championship team

After signing with the Hartford Whalers in 1990, Stevens spent most of the next six seasons in Springfield, where he captained the Indians to a Calder Cup title in 1991. Three years later, Stevens was named the first captain of the Springfield Falcons and scored the first goal in Falcons history - one of just 21 goals he would score in his entire AHL career. He was also selected to be one of the playing captains for the 1996 AHL All-Star Classic, held at his first professional home: Hersheypark Arena.

Stevens returned to the Flyers organization in 1996 for the beginning of an extended stay with the Phantoms. He was again turned to for leadership on a new club as he was given the captain’s “C” for the first-year Philadelphia club. The Phantoms finished with the best record in the AHL in their inaugural season, and a year later won the 1998 Calder Cup title.

An eye injury ended Stevens’ playing career in December 1998, but he remained with the club as an assistant coach under Bill Barber. Stevens was promoted to the head coaching position in 2000 and spent six seasons at the helm, winning another Calder Cup in 2005. He was promoted to the Flyers in 2006, first as an assistant coach and then as head coach, and is now in his second season as an assistant with the Los Angeles Kings.

Stevens has participated in more than 1,400 regular-season AHL games as a player, assistant coach and head coach. His 834 games played are currently ninth-most by a defenseman in league history, and he also ranks 15th all-time with 102 Calder Cup Playoff games played.

Congratulations John. Thanks for all you have done with the Phantoms.




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