By Bob Rotruck
Adirondack Phantoms (0-0-0 / last year, 37-35-4)
Portland Pirates (0-0-0 / last year, 36-31-9)
Adirondack Phantoms - Terry Murray
Portland Pirates - Brad Treliving
Welcome to the 2012-13 season, presented by Bud
Light. It's that time again everyone. Hockey is
back! The Adirondack Phantoms take on the Portland
Pirates tonight at 7:00 at the Glens Falls Civic
Center. Come out and cheer for our great team
The key for the team is chemistry. Out of 25
players on the Phantoms roster, 18 return from
last year. And in total, 20 have played for the
The bigger key perhaps is NHL experience and
confidence. Nine of our skaters played for the
Philadelphia Flyers last year and 10 have if you
include previous seasons. That's a full 40% of
the roster that has NHL experience. And most of
those players have extensive experience in the
NHL of a half-season or more.
This is an impressive lineup of talent on the
Phantoms this year. Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier
were two of the most exciting and talented young
players in the NHL.last season. And we've got
'em! Couturier scored a hat trick in an NHL playoff
game last year against Pittsburgh and was also
referred to as a very good defensive forward by
Jaromir Jagr after his impressive shut-down of
Evgeni Malkin. That's quite a tribute. And now
we have exciting players like that with us here
with the Phantoms.
Some of other players with NHL experience last
year we are more familiar with from their time
with the Phantoms leading up to that. Marc-Andre
Bourdon, Eric Wellwood, Erik Gustafsson, Zac Rinaldo
and Harry Zolnierczyk all proved their abilities
with the Flyers last season and many would almost
certainly have grabbed spots on the NHL opening
night roster this season too were that available.
Then you have a guy whose experience has come
entirely in the minor leagues who is a bit older
than most on the team, 28 year old Matthew Ford.
He was the team's go-to player in the last two
months of the season. He was acquired in early
Feburary in a trade and all he did after that
was just go crazy on the attack with 19 goals
in 31 games. He had nine game-winning goals to
finish second in the league, including an overtime
winner at Albany. He also registered a hat trick
against that same Albany team. But obviously with
that many game-winners he had several other key
goals in there too. Now he's here for a full season
with the Phantoms and I look for him to do even
bigger and better things.
This league is going to be something else this
year. The talent witnessed at the Glens Falls
Civic Center will be of a higher caliber than
ever witnessed here before. Adirondack did not
have an AHL team during the last NHL lockout of
2004-05 so were not able to enjoy the increased
pace and speed of the league that season. But
Phantoms fans in Philadelphia sure did. That team
was stacked with all kinds of talent and they
went on to take the Calder Cup championship. Maybe
our Phantoms in Adirondack can do the same in
2012-13! The lineup sure looks good on paper and
this team has as good a chance, or better, as
any in the AHL to have that shot.
We certainly hope the NHL lockout ends as soon
as possible. But while we have these kind of players
here we're certainly going to take the "glass
is half-full" approach to enjoying our opportunity.
The AHL is already a top caliber league to begin
with. Over 88% of all NHL players come through
the AHL to get there. Very few players just go
straight to the NHL while skipping over the American
League. But with the additional players that were
eligible to play in our league during the NHL's
lockout, that quality of play is certainly going
to be higher and everyone knows that.
In the meantime, there is a new head coach too.
Terry Murray brings an impressive list of credentials
as he reutnrs to the Flyers organization, this
time to coach their AHL team. Saturday night will
be his first in the AHL since 1990-91 when he
"skippered" the Baltimore Skipjacks.
He rates in the top 20 all-time in NHL games coached
(1012) and won (499). In the 77 year history of
the AHL, nobody has coached more NHL games than
Terry Murray. This is an amazing opportunity for
our players here to work with such an experienced
teacher of the game. 1,012 NHL games, and here
he is back in the AHL to work with the even younger
It's going to be a fun ride and I can't wait
to get started...which I officially do Saturday
night at 6:30 with the Pepsi Countdown to Faceoff
on Q101.7 and ustream.com/channel/phantomsradio
See you at the game!
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
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.