Outdoor Classic – Citizens Bank
Friday, January 6 (7:00pm)
Adirondack Phantoms (17-14-2, 36 points) vs.
Hershey Bears (19-8-6, 44 points)
Phantoms Broadcast Coverage
Television (Live): Comcast Sportsnet in Philadelphia
and surrounding markets
Television (Replay): NHL Network (U.S.) Saturday
Internet Pay-Per-View: AHLLive.com
Radio (Live): 610-AM WIP in Philadelphia. Q101.7-FM
in Glens Falls, NY.
Radio (Internet): phantomshockey.com
This is the 172nd meeting regular season meeting
between the Phantoms and Hershey.
Hershey leads all-time series 82 wins to 81 (8
Phantoms all-time record vs. Hershey: 81-80-10
Hershey all-time record vs. Phantoms: 82-75-14
2011-12 Season Series
Phantoms lead 1 game to 0. October 29 at Glens
Falls: ADK 2 - HER 1.
Get Ready for the Outdoor Classic!
On Friday, January 6 at Citizens Bank Park in
Philadelphia, the Phantoms will take on the Hershey
Bears on the same ice used by the Flyers and Rangers
in the Winter Classic on January 2 to close out
a New Year’s Week filled with games and
excitement in celebration of the sport’s
roots in the great outdoors . The game is expected
to break the all-time AHL attendance record of
21,673 set last year at the Whale Bowl outdoor
game in Connecticut..
The historic game will be a once-in-a-lifetime
event for most of the players and a great celebration
of hockey, the Phantoms, the Bears and the AHL
for everyone involved.
One player with outdoor game experience for the
Phantoms is Michael Leighton who started for the
Flyers in the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park
in Boston. Leighton took a 2-1 overtime loss in
the game in a hard-fought contest. Leighton is
expected to get the start this Friday in the Outdoor
Classic against Hershey.
It is the third outdoor game in AHL history.
In 2010, Syracuse hosted Binghamton at the New
York State Fairgrounds. In 2011, Connecticut took
on Hartford at Rentshler Field in East Hartford.
This game is the first to be held on the same
ice as an NHL Winter Classic event.
Friday's game will be broadcast on Comcast Sports
Network in Philadelphia and in surrounding markets.
The game will again be shown on NHL Network on
Saturday at 4:00. Brian Smith and Ian Laperriere
will announce the action on the television broadcast.
Smith is a former broadcaster for the Phantoms
who serves as the Philadelphia Flyers Manager
of Broadcasting and Media Services. Laperriere
is an NHL veteran of over 1,000 games with the
Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia
Bob Rotruck and Jason Myrtetus will have the
radio broadcast of the game in Philadelphia on
610-AM WIP and in Glens Falls on Q101.7-FM. Rotruck
is in his second second as Voice of the Phantoms
and is a veteran announcer of almost 2,000 games
in the four major sports. He also serves as Director
of Media Relations for the Adirondack Phantoms.
Myrtetus has served as a Flyers radio host and
assistant programming director at CBS Radio.
The Phantoms and Hershey have met four times
in the post-season: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2009. Bears
lead in post-season games all-time 10 games to
9. The first playoff matchup between a Philadelphia
team and Hershey was in 1939 when the Philadelphia
Ramblers edged the Hershey Bears 3 games to 2
More Playoff History
The Adirondack Red Wings and Hershey Bears met
five times in the playoffs, 1981, 86, 88, 89.
91. The 1989 series saw Adirondack become only
the second, and most recent AHL team, to overcome
a three games to zero deficit to win a series.
Adam Graves scored the overtime winner in Game
7 that propelled the team onto a championship
over New Haven in the Finals.
Calder Cup Pride
Adirondack proudly displays six Calder Cup Championship
banners at their home arena; four for the Adirondack
Red Wings who played there from 1979-1999, and
two for the Phantoms. The Hershey Bears lead all
AHL franchises with 11 Calder Cups.
Calder Cups since 1980
Adirondack Red Wings 1981, 1986, 1989, 1992
Philadelphia Phantoms 1998, 2005
Hershey Bears 1980, 1988, 1997, 2006, 2008, 2009
This is the third outdoor game in American Hockey
League history. The first two outdoor games at
Syracuse and East Hartford established new records
for largest crowds at AHL games.
Six of the top 11 largest regular-season attendance
figures in the AHL have been played in Philadelphia.
Included in that list is the Phantoms game last
season on January 21 that was the 10th largest
crowd at the time drawing 18,056. The game was
bumped out of the all-time top 10 a month later
following the outdoor game in Connecticut. Last
year's Phantoms game in Philadelphia was the largest
indoor attendance in the AHL in 2010-11 and was
the second largest turnout overall.
Additionally, three of the largest 10 post-season
attendance figures happened in Philadelphia.
The largest crowd ever for a Phantoms game, regular
or post-season, was 20,103 on June 10, 2005 as
the Philadelphia Phantoms clinched their second
Calder Cup Championship over the Chicago Wolves
which is also the largest ever post-season crowd
in AHL history and is the second largest indoor
crowd and fourth largest overall to watch any
AHL game (regular or post-season).
The Phantoms are 4-1-2 all-time when backed by
18,000 or more fans (regular and post-season combined):
ALL-TIME, REGULAR SEASON
1. 21,673 Feb. 19, 2011 Rentschler Field, East
Hartford, Conn. Providence 5, Connecticut 4 (SO)
2. 21,508 Feb. 20, 2010 New York State Fairgrounds,
Syracuse, NY Syracuse 2, Binghamton 1
3. 20,672 Jan. 18, 1997 Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro,
N.C. Carolina 5, Kentucky 4
4. 19,730 Feb. 10, 2001 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia,
Pa. Philadelphia 5, Syracuse 5 (OT)
5. 19,532 Feb. 28, 1999 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia,
Pa. Philadelphia 3, Kentucky 3 (OT)
6. 18,907 Nov. 20, 1998 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia,
Pa. Philadelphia 2, Hartford 1
7. 18,626 Jan. 22, 2010 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland,
Ohio Lake Erie 5, Texas 4 (OT)
8. 18,394 Oct. 9, 1998 Rupp Arena, Lexington,
Ky. Kentucky 4, Hershey 4 (OT)
9. 18,202 Jan. 13, 2001 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia,
Pa. Philadelphia 3, Portland 2
10. 18,076 Mar. 18, 2000 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia,
Pa. Rochester 7, Philadelphia 6
11. 18,056 Jan 21, 2011 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia,
Pa. Adirondack 4, Wilkes-Barre 2
ALL-TIME, CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS
1. 20,103 June 10, 2005 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia,
Pa. *Philadelphia 5, Chicago 2
2. 17,428 June 12, 2003 Copps Coliseum, Hamilton,
Ont. *Houston 3, Hamilton 0
3. 17,380 June 10, 1998 Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia,
Pa. *Philadelphia 6, Saint John 1
4. 15,132 June 3, 2002 Allstate Arena, Rosemont,
Ill. *Chicago 4, Bridgeport 3 (2OT)
5. 15,019 May 15, 1973 Auditorium, Buffalo, N.Y.
*Cincinnati 5, Nova Scotia 1
6. 15,015 May 13, 2005 MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Man.
Manitoba 5, Rochester 2
7. 15,003 May 30, 2009 MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Man.
Hershey 5, Manitoba 4 (OT)
8. 15,003 June 12, 2009 MTS Centre, Winnipeg,
Man. *Hershey 4, Manitoba 1
9. 14,737 June 2, 2009 MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Man.
Manitoba 3, Hershey 1
10. 14,208 May 10, 1997 Wachovia Spectrum, Philadelphia,
Pa. Philadelphia 3, Hershey 0
*indicates Calder Cup-clinching game
Phantoms and Bears in the Outdoor Classic
who have played with the Philadelphia Flyers:
Erik Gustafsson – 8 games (2010-12)
Jon Kalinski – 22 games (2008-10
Denis Hamel – 7 games (2006-07)
Ben Holmstrom – 4 games (2010-12)
Michael Leighton – 32 games (2007-08, 2009-11)
Kevin Marshall – 10 games (2011-12)
Eric Wellwood – 4 games (2010-11)
Joe Paterson (Phantoms Head Coach) – 11
games (1984-86,also 17 postseason games in 1984-85)
Riley Cote (Phantoms Assistant Coach) –
156 games (2006-10)
Kyle Greentree – 2 games (2007-08)
Boyd Kane – 23 games (2003-04, 06-07, 08-09)
Ryan Potulny – 44 games (2005-08)
Also on Phantoms roster but not in lineup today:
Oskars Bartulis – 66 games (2009-11)
Tom Sestito – 3 games (2011-12)
Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia
Flyers) – The Phantoms enter
action with a record of 17-14-2 which is good
for second place in the Northeast Division. Joe
Paterson is in his second season as head coach
of the Phantoms while former Flyers and Phantoms
tough-guy Riley Cote serves as the team’s
Paterson earned his 100th AHL head coaching victory
on November 30, 2011. The Glen Lake, NY resident
originally from the Toronto area had also served
as a head coach of the Louisville Panthers from
1999-2001. Paterson played in 291 NHL games from
1980-88 with the Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles
Kings, New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.
21-year-old rookie Jason Akeson leads the Phantoms
in scoring with 26 points on nine goals and 15
assists. Akeson led the Ontario Hockey League
in points an assists last year as a member of
the Kitchener Rangers with 84 assists and 108
Veteran Denis Hamel is second on the team in points
with 24 and leads the team in goals with 11.
The captain of the Phantoms is second-year pro
Ben Holmstrom out of Colorado Springs. Holmstrom
is tied with Akeson for second on the team in
goals with nine. Holmstrom is the youngest captain
in Phantoms history at only 24-years-old. The
previous youngest Phantoms captain was Boyd Kane
who was 25 when he was the team’s leading
in 2003. Kane is in his second season as captain
of the Hershey Bears.
Mike Testwuide is the hottest Phantoms scorer
of recent with four goals in his last six games.
34-year-old veteran Denis Hamel played his 1,000th
professional game on December 31. The former Buffalo
Sabre and Ottawa Senator now has played 809 career
AHL games as well as 192 career NHL games and
rates 11th all-time in goals scored in the AHL
Dan Jancevski played in his 800th AHL game on
December 31st becoming only the 33rd player in
league history to reach that milestone and just
the 12th defenseman all-time.
Eric Wellwood is the younger brother of Kyle Wellwood
of the Winnipeg Jets (previously with San Jose,
Vancouver and Toronto). Blake Kessel is the younger
brother of Phil Kessel of the Toronto Maple Leafs
(previously with Boston). Tye McGinn, missing
today’s game with injury, is the younger
brother of Jamie McGinn of the San Jose Sharks.
Oliver Lauridsen from Denmark and Garrett Roe
from Vienna, Virginia are a couple of Phantoms
rookies who were teammates the past few seasons
at St. Cloud State in Minnesota.
The Phantoms are 3rd in the conference and 10th
in the league in team defense allowing 2.69 goals
per game. The Phantoms are 16th in the league
(out of 30) in total offense with 2.84 goals per
The Phantoms are:
13-1-1 when leading after two periods.
15-5-1 when they score first
9-5-2 in one-goal decisions
5-2 in games decided after regulation. (3-1 in
overtime games and 2-1 in shootouts)
Getting the Call
Ten members of the 2011-12 Phantoms roster have
suited up for the Flyers this season.
Current Phantoms players to have appeared with
the Philadelphia Flyers this year include Erik
Gustafsson, Ben Holmstrom, Kevin Marshall, Tom
Sestito, Eric Wellwood.
Phantoms players since the beginning of the season
who are currently with the Philadelphia Flyers
include: Marc-Andre Bourdon, Brayden Schenn, Zac
Rinaldo, Matt Walker, Harry Zolnierczyk.
Phantoms Goaltender Michael Leighton
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.
Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals)
- The Phantoms and Bears are meeting
for the second and third times this season. On
the strength of a 7-2-1 stretch in their last
10 games, the Bears have made it to the top of
the Eastern Conference standings at 19-8-6 for
The only time the Phantoms and Bears have hooked
up this year it was one of the best games of the
season. Harry Zolnierczyk scored with six minutes
remaining as the Phantoms pulled out a thrilling
2-1 win on October 29 at the Glens Falls Civic
Center. Michael Leighton out-dueled Dany Sabourin
in the matchup with both goalies making a number
of spectacular saves.
Hershey's power play is clicking at an amazing
32% rate to lead the league with 48 goals on 150
opportunities. The next closest team in power
play success is Oklahoma City at 22%. The Bears'
penalty kill is best in the Eastern Conference
and third in the AHL at 85.9%. The Bears offense
racks up a league-leading 3.8 goals per game while
their defense is 16th allowing 2.9 per contest.
Veteran center Keith Aucoin has been on an amazing
and record-setting pace for assists with 46 so
far this year. He is on a pace to surpass the
AHL's longstanding all-time assist record of 89
set by George "Red" Sullivan with Hershey
in 1953-54. Aucoin was the league's most valuable
player in 2009-10 when he led the circuit with
106 points including 71 assists and 35 goals.
He passed 700 career points in the AHL last season
and is rapidly on his way to the 800 point milestone.
Chris Bourque, son of NHL Hall of Famer Ray Bourque
and older brother of Connecticut Whale Ryan Bourque,
leads the Bears with 18 goals. Jasob Mcflicker
and Graham Mink have 12 goals each.
Brayden Holtby and Dany Sabourin have split the
goaltending duties or Mark French's club. Holtby
in 20 games has gone 11-7-3, 2.57, .902. Sabourin
is a former Pittsburgh Penguin netminder who served
as Marc-Andre Fleury's backup. He has gone 8-4-2,
2.82, .908 in his second season with the Bears.
Three Hershey Bears players have Phantoms ties.
Boyd Kane played for the Phantoms from 2003-05
and again from 2006-09. He also played 23 games
with the Philadelphia Flyers including 15 games
in 2006-07. Kyle Greentree began his professional
career with the Phantoms in 2006-07 arriving from
the University of Alaska-Anchorage. He stuck with
the Phantoms for the 2007-08 season and also played
in two games for the Philadelphia Flyers. Ryan
Potulny played parts of two seasons for the Phantoms
in 2006-07 and 2007-08. The University of Minnesota
product won a Calder Cup Championship last year
with the Binghamton Senators.