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Phantoms Weekly - Hockey is Back!

October 9, 2012

This Week's Games

Saturday, October 13 (7:00) - Portland Pirates at Adirondack Phantoms - OPENING NIGHT!
Sunday, October 14 (3:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Springfield Falcons

Upcoming October Schedule

Friday, October 19 (6:30) - Adirondack Phantoms at St. John's IceCaps
Saturday, October 20 (6:30) - Adirondack Phantoms at St. John's IceCaps
Friday, October 26 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils
Saturday, October 27 (7:00) - Rochester Americans at Adirondack Phantoms
Sunday, October 28 (3:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch

We're Back!

The long off-season is finally over and we're back and ready to get rocking in the 2012-13 season presented by Bud Light. We missed you, fans. And we can't wait to see you for the big game!

Opening Night for your Phantoms is this Saturday against the Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes. Adirondack's first away game will be the following day, Sunday at 3:00, at the Springfield Falcons.

There's lots in store for Opening Night presented by Nemer Ford. The Phantoms will be wearing throwback retro jerseys of the Adirondack Red Wings for a nostalgic feel at the big game. And get ready to bid! The game-worn jerseys will be available to the fans via live auction after the game.

Also, fans in attendance will receive Phantoms magnet schedules courtesy of Great Meadow Federal Credit Union. And we proudly present the first in our series of pre-game buffets in Heritage Hall. Seating is limited. Saturdays are Pasta Night with the dinner beginning at 5:30 so you have plenty of time to fuel-up before the game. The price is the best part: It's only $12!

Call the Phantoms for tickets at 518-480-3355. Remember that you always save when you purchase your tickets in advance of game-day. And save more when you buy in groups or purchase a flex-pack. If you know you are coming to more than a couple Phantoms games this year, be sure to take advantage of our great deal. Ask a Phantoms ticket representative for information and find the plan that works best for you and the number of games you want to attend.

Practice Schedule

All Phantoms practices are free and open to the public. Tuesday morning is the team's first practice at the Glens Falls Civic Center and your first chance to check out the team live and in person. Rosters and schedules will be available too. Come by and check it out. Hockey is back in town!!

Tuesday, 11:00 am - Practice at Glens Falls Civic Center
Wednesday, 10:30 am - Practice at Glens Falls Civic Center
Thursday, 10:00 am - Practice at Glens Falls Civic Center
Friday, 10:00 am - Practice at Glens Falls Civic Center
Saturday, 10:00 am - Morning Skate
Saturday, 7:00 pm - Game-Time! Opening Night vs. Portland Pirates
Sunday, 11:00 am - Bus departs for Springfield, MA. Game vs. Springfield Falcons at 3:00.

The team began their training camp at the Philadelphia Flyers practice facility in Voorhees, NJ. 39 players were there beginning on September 29 and that field has since been trimmed down to 25 players after a series of practices including some two-a-days plus three exhibition games. Sunday and Monday were travel and rest days for the Phantoms as they got settled in after making the trip to Glens Falls.

I'm In!

Support professional hockey in Glens Falls and say that you're in. The I'm In campaign is designed to show the AHL, teams, owners and everyone about the great support we can provide for a professional hockey team at the GFCC. With a goal of 1,756 season tickets for next season, the team would be able to help show the long-term viability of this great hockey market.

Thanks to everyone in the community for their great teamwork in showing the league that the backing and support for AHL hockey in Glens Falls is here to stay. Together we can do this. I'm in! Call the Phantoms to find out how you can help at 518-480-3355.

Phantoms Roster

The Adirondack Phantoms' roster currently stands at 25 players as the team readies for the first game of the year. 20 out of those 25 have played for the Phantoms before including 18 last year. And 10 players out of those 25 have played for the Philadelphia Flyers including nine last season. There's a lot of talent on this team including plenty of impressive NHL credentials.

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The ten players on the Phantoms roster who played for the Flyers (either last season or in previous seasons) include: Marc-Andre Bourdon, Sean Couturier, Erik Gustafsson, Ben Holmstrom, Brandon Manning, Zac Rinaldo, Danny Syvret, Brayden Schenn, Eric Wellwood and Harry Zolnierczyk.

Welcome Head Coach Terry Murray

The new head coach for the Adirondack Phantoms is NHL veteran mentor Terry Murray. No coach in the history of the AHL has ever had more experience than Murray who has been at the bench for 1,012 NHL regular season games with Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington and Florida. He has posted a career record of 499-383-89-41 for a points percentage of .557 and is 19th all-time in NHL history in regular season games coached and is 18th all-time in total wins.

Murray returns to the Flyers organization for his third tour of duty as a coach. He most recently worked in the Los Angeles Kings organization, where he was the head coach from the start of the 2008-09 season through December 2011. Prior to joining the Kings, Murray was a Flyers assistant coach for four seasons from 2003-2008, working first under Ken Hitchcock and later under John Stevens.

He was the head coach of the Flyers for three seasons from 1994 through 1997, leading the Flyers to the 1997 Stanley Cup Final. He posted a record of 118-64-30 in 212 games behind the bench in Philadelphia.

Built Ford Tough

Matthew Ford returns to Adirondack for his first full season after being acquired in a trade last February. In just 31 games with the Phantoms last year, he scored 19 goals and 31 points. He had a combined total of 29 goals and 56 points between Adirondack and Hershey last year for a new personal best. Nine of his goals were game-winners, second most in the AHL.

Another Couturier in Adirondack!

Sean Couturier is new to the Adirondack Phantoms, but he has actually lived in Glens Falls before. You will have to forgive him if he doesn't have many North Country memories though as he was only a couple months old at the time. Shortly after Sean was born in Phoenix, his father, Sylvain Couturier was traded by the Phoenix Roadrunners of the IHL to the Adirondack Red Wings of the AHL midway through the 1992-93 season.

Scoring goals in the Couturier family does indeed appear to be hereditary. Sylvain racked up 17 goals in just 29 games with the Red Wings and notched three more in the playoffs. He had a career-high 50 goals with Phoenix in 1990-91 and also scored 41 goals with the Milwaukee Admirals in 1993-94.

Munroe Back with the Phantoms

It's his first season with Adirondack, but veteran goalie Scott Munroe has been a standout goalie for the Phantoms before. The 30 year old out of the University of Alabama-Huntsville played for the Philadelphia Phantoms from 2006-09 and is one of the top goaltenders in franchise history. He is third all-time in career wins (64) and games (134). His best season with the Phantoms was 2008-09 when he went 31-19-4 with a goals against average of 2.46 and a saves percentage of .926 finishing among the AHL leaders in those categories. Last season, he played with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and had a nice season going 19-10-3, 2.52, .907 including a career-high five shutouts.

On The Air

The Voice of the Phantoms, Bob Rotruck, has the fast-paced hockey action and excitement all season long on the flagship home of the Adirondack Phantoms, Classic Hits Q101.7 and on the Phantoms Radio Network presented by Curtis Lumber. Broadcasts begin 30 minutes prior to game-time with the Countdown to Faceoff pregame show and also have an extended post-game show including audio-replay highlights. Be sure to tune-in on your way to and from each Phantoms home game!

And get ready for the return of the Phantoms Power Hour on Monday nights which will debut soon and at a great new location to be announced in the future.

Fans can also listen to all the Phantoms games on our internet home at ustream.tv/channel/phantomsradio . UStream is also available as a free app on Android and iPhone so you can listen wherever you go! AHLLive.com has all the games too on pay-per-view.

The Season Ahead

The Phantoms will again compete in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the AHL against the Albany Devils, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Connecticut Whale and Springfield Falcons. The top eight teams from the Eastern Conference qualify for the playoffs in April with the three division winners landing the top seeding advantage.

Adirondack will tangle with the Albany Devils more than any other team in the league. 12 games in the season series will determine the winner of the Time Warner Cable Cup to be awarded to the champions of the local rivalry. Adirondack has taken the cup each of the last two years.

Adirondack's next most frequent opponents will be the Binghamton Senators and Syracuse Crunch; eight times each. The Phantoms face one new opponent in 2012-13, the St. John's IceCaps, AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets. That is something of an old rivalry renewed in a way as the Adirondack Red Wings and St. John's Maple Leafs were fierce competitors in the 1990s including a 1992 Calder Cup matchup for the Red Wings with Adirondack taking the title four games to three.

Lets Get Golfing!

The Phantoms second annual golf scramble at the Hiland Golf Course will take place on Monday, October 15 at 11:00 am with a shotgun start. Join Phantoms players and coaches who will be a part of every four-some team! Lots of fun PLUS great prizes at the evening dinner.

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Great Promos - More Than Hockey!

Great giveaways, terrific value, and lots of fun are on tap for Phantoms' fans in 2012-13. bobblehead nights with Dan Miner and Dax will be awesome. Plus lots of other great giveaways including t-shirts, posters, youth jerseys and much more. The Phantoms will be wearing a variety of specialty jerseys this year beginning with throwback Adirondack Red Wings jerseys on Opening Night. Plus autograph sessions, post-game skates and pre-game buffets.

Every Wednesday feature $1 hot dogs. Fridays are $2 draft beers. And Sundays are the Family Fun Pack for only $43 which is the best ticket-plus-food value you can get for a group of three or more.

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, October 13 (7:00) - Portland Pirates at Adirondack Phantoms - Opening Night presented by Nemer Ford. Throwback Adirondack Red Wings jerseys with live post-game auction. Magnet Schedules courtesy of Great Medow Federal Credit Union.

Sunday, October 14 (3:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Springfield Falcons

Monday, October 15 (11:00 am) - Adirondack Phantoms Second Annual Golf Scramble at Hiland Golf Course - Golf with Phantoms players and coaches in a shotgun-start scramble. Must sign-up in advance. Lots of fun, good times, and great prizes at the evening dinner. Contact the Phantoms to sign up! 518-480-3355.

Phantoms Have You Covered

We have all the latest interviews, game-recaps, videos and more. Make sure you're keeping up! Follow the Phantoms and join our online communities on facebook.com/adkhockey and on twitter @phantomshockey. And, of course, check in frequently at our official team website at phantomshockey.com

Pick up your Phantoms schedule posters! They're available now at the Adirondack Phantoms offices located downstairs inside the Glens Falls Civic Center. Also look for them around town. Pick up an extra and post it on the door or window of your area store or business. Help spread the word...Hockey Season is Coming!!

Opening Night presented by Nemer Ford is on the way! The Adirondack Phantoms opener for the 2012-13 season presented by Bud Light will be Saturday, October 13 at the Glens Falls Civic Center featuring great retro-style red jerseys that will be auctioned to the fans following the game. Magnet Schedule giveaway that night presented by Great Meadow Federal Credit Union.

Get great savings with the Phantoms when you purchase a season ticket PLUS never waste a ticket. Your unused game tickets can be redeemed for future Phantoms games. 22-game and 12-game packages available as well.

I'm In! We need 1,756 season ticket holders for this season to help prove the viability of Glens Falls as a great hockey market. The league and other teams are watching! We're almost there. Keep it up, fans! To join the "I'm In" campaign, contribute your $50 down-payment to a season ticket for 2012-13 or ask about a 22-pack or 12-pack ticket plan. Together we can do this. Call the Adirondack Phantoms at (518) 480-3355.



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