The Adirondack Phantoms
are pleased to announce that goaltender Michael
Leighton has been selected to play at the 2012
All-Star Classic in Atlantic City, NJ on Monday
January 30. Leighton will be one of three goalies
on the Eastern Conference All-Stars.
This will be Leighton's third appearance in an
AHL All-Star Classic having also played in 2008
representing the Albany River Rats on the Canadian
AHL All-Stars and in 2002 as a member of the Norfolk
Admirals on the Canadian team.
Leighton started in the All-Star Classic in January,
2008 as a member of the Albany River Rats in a
contest played in Binghamton. He later won the
Aldedge "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award
as the top goaltender in the league that season.
Denis Hamel, then of the Binghamton Senators,
was the honorary captain for Team Canada in that
year's All-Star Classic.
His 2002 appearance at the AHL All-Star Classic
was at Mile One Centre in St John's, Newfoundland
and Labradour, then the home of the St. John's
The 30-year-old from Petrolia, Ontario is in his
second season with the Adirondack Phantoms and
has gone 11-11-0, 2.44, .920 in 2011-12. Leighton
has 35 career shutouts which is sixth most in
American Hockey League history and the most of
any AHL goalie since 1975. Leighton had five shutouts
with the Phantoms last season and has one this
year, on October 21 at the Portland Pirates.
Leighton is the Norfolk Admirals all-time franchise
leader in career wins (75) and shutouts (18) stemming
from his time with the Chicago Blackhawks affiliate
from 2001-05. He has also backstopped for the
Rochester Americans (2005-06), Portland Pirates
(2006-07) and Albany River Rats (2007-08) as well
as the Philadelphia and Adirondack Phantoms in
an AHL career that has now spanned 307 games.
He has played in 105 NHL games with the Chicago
Blackhawks, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia
Flyers going 35-44-14, 2.95, .902. In 2010, he
helped lead the Flyers to their first Stanley
Cup Finals appearance in decades during a postseason
run that included three shutouts of the Montreal
Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Leighton set an AHL record in one of the most
famous games in league history on April 22, 2008.
As a goalie for the Albany River Rats, he made
a remarkable 98 saves on 101 shots in a five overtime
playoff marathon against the Philadelphia Phantoms.
Leighton started for the Philadelphia Flyers in
the NHL Winter Classic on January 1, 2010 at Fenway
Park in Boston and is scheduled to be the starting
goalie for the Adirondack Phantoms in their Outdoor
Classic on January 6 at Citizens Bank Ballpark
in Philadelphia thus making him the only goalie
to start outdoor games in the NHL and AHL.
Fans will have the opportunity to vote for Leighton
as the starting goalie for the Eastern Conference
squad as they will get to choose all the starters
via online balloting which begins on Thursday,
January 5 and runs through January 23.
Tickets for the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic - which
include admission to both the 2012 AHL All-Star
Skills Competition at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January
29, and the 2012 AHL All-Star Game at 7 p.m. on
Monday, January 30 - are on sale now at the Boardwalk
Hall box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by
calling (800) 736-1420 or at www.ticketmaster.com.
Tickets are also available for thePost-Skills
Party (January 29, 5:30 p.m.) and the 2012 AHL
Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Ceremony (January
30, 11 a.m.) at Caesars Atlantic City.
The 2012 AHL All-Star Classic will feature the
top young talent in the American Hockey League
competing in an internationally televised showcase
from historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Of the 562 players to take part in the AHL All-Star
Classic since 1995, more than 93 percent have
competed in the National Hockey League, including
Patrice Bergeron, Dan Boyle, Daniel Briere,Ryan
Callahan, Brian Campbell, Zdeno Chara, Jimmy Howard,
Miikka Kiprusoff, Ryan Miller, Zach Parise, Pekka
Rinne, Bobby Ryan, Martin St. Louis, Jason Spezza,
Eric Staal, P.K. Subban andTomas Vokoun.
The 2012 AHL All-Star Classic is presented by
the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority,
Caesars Entertainment, the Casino Reinvestment
Development Authority and the American Hockey
League. For destination information about Atlantic
City, please visit www.atlanticcitynj.com
Upcoming Phantoms Events
Wednesday, January 4, 7:00 - Binghamton Senators
at Phantoms. $1 hot dogs.
Friday, January 6, 7:00 - Outdoor Classic! Hershey
Bears vs. Adirondack Phantoms at Citizens Bank
Park in Philadelphia.
Saturday, January 7, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantom
at Hershey Bears
Monday, January 9, 7:00 - Phantoms Power Hour
LIVE at McGinny's Tavern. Player guests Ben Holmstrom
and Eric Wellwood. Also with Tim McManus of the
Friday, January 13, 7:00 - Hamilton Bulldogs at
Adirondack Phantoms. Fun in the Sun Weekend! $2
Saturday, January 14, 7:00 - Manchester Monarchs
at Adirondack Phantoms. Fun in the Sun Weekend!
Post-game Pics with Players on the Ice.
Get great savings with the Phantoms when you bring
your group of 15 friends or co-workers to a game.
Group-rates available as low as $13 per person.
Call the Phantoms to find out more at 518-480-3355.
Catch all the action of Phantoms hockey all season
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Q101.7 and on phantomshockey.com. Bob Rotruck
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