The Adirondack Phantoms have announced the additions
of two new players. Mark Alt and Nick Cousins
have both joined the team for the remaining games
of the regular season as they both prepare for
their upcoming first full season of professional
Alt joins the team on an Amateur Try-Out contract
(ATO) while Cousins is officially reassigned from
his Major Juniors team to the Phantoms.
Mark Alt will wear number 4 while Nick Cousins
will wear number 25. Alt is slated to make his
professional debut this weekend. Cousins will
wear number 25 and has already played a game this
season for Adirondack this past Sunday.
Mark Alt, 21, comes to the Flyers
organization from the University of Minnesota
where he helped the Golden Gophers to become one
of the top teams in the country the past couple
of seasons. The 6'4" defenseman with a right-handed
shot had zero goals and seven assists with 20
penalty minutes this past season with Minnesota.
Originally drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes
in the second round (#53 overall) in the 2010
NHL Entry Draft, he was traded along with Brian
Boucher in exchange for Luke Pither on January
13, 2013. Alt chose to forego his senior season
with the Gophers in order to join the professional
ranks and the Flyers' organization.
"It's a huge deal," Alt said of his
first days as a professional athlete. "The
decision process happened this week but once I
made it I've been ecstatic ever since. Getting
out here and skating with the guys now has been
a really cool experience."
Alt was also a talented football player and led
his high school to a state championship in Minnesota
as quarterback for Cretin-Derham in 2009. His
father, John Alt, played offensive-tackle for
the Kansas City Chiefs from 1984-96.
Nick Cousins, 19, was a third-round
selection (#68 overall) of the Flyers in the 2011
NHL Entry draft. The speedy center played with
the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and finished third
in the Ontario Hockey League in points (103) and
second in assists (76) while also scoring 27 goals.
He had 35-53-88 in 65 games with the Greyhounds
the season before and was 29-39-68 in the 2010-11
season as a 17-year-old during the season in which
he caught the Flyers' attention for the draft.
Cousins played in one game late last season with
Adirondack before return to the Soo Greyhounds
this year. He has now rejoined the team and made
his season-debut this past Sunday at Bridgeport
which was his second all-time game as professional.
"It's exciting," Cousins said. "To
finally be able to pursue my dream. It's awesome.
It's exciting. Not only for me but for my family
as well. I'm just trying to get my feet wet here
and learn as much as I can. I'm looking forward
to the last six games."
His experience last season in which he spent a
month with the team gives him familiarity with
the area and his teammates. He has also attended
a couple of Flyers Prospect Camps held each July
at the team's training facility in Voorhees, NJ.
Cousins was linemates and roommates in Sault
Ste. Marie with another one of the newest Phantoms,
Brandon Alderson. Cousins is 5'11" and shoots
Five new players to join the Phantoms from college
or Major Juniors in the closing weeks of the regular
season to get some of their first tastes of professional
hockey include #4 Mark Alt, #8 Brandon Alderson,
#25 Nick Cousins, #32 Derek Mathers and #39 Kyle
Fans can watch for the newest Adirondack Phantoms
skaters this weekend during three straight home
games. Highlights of the weekend include Dan Miner
Bobblehead Night on Saturday against the Connecticut
Whale with a post-game concert. Sunday will include
a World Record Attempt for longest conga line
on skates following the 3:00 game against the
Binghamton Senators. Call the Phantoms for tickets
Friday, April 12 (7:00) -
Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms. $2
Draft Beer Specials
Saturday, April 13 (7:00) -
Connecticut Whale at Adirondack Phantoms. Dan
Miner Bobbleheads (first 2,500 fans). Faith and
Family Night featuring Post-Game Concert with
Christian rock band, The Wrecking!
Sunday, April 14 (3:00) -
Binghamton Senators at Adirondack Phantoms. World
Record Night. Be a part of the official World's
Longest Conga-Line On-Ice...No, we're not kidding!!!
Monday, April 15 (7:00) - Phantoms
Power Hour LIVE on Q101.7 With Brandon Alderson
and Nick Cousins.
Friday, April 19 (7:00) -
Hershey Bears at Adirondack Phantoms. $2 Draft
Saturday, April 20 (7:00) -
Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms. Scoville
Jewelers Gemstone Giveaway (first 500 fans) including
$25 gift-cards. One grand-prize package $1,000
value including large Phantoms Orange Gemstone.
Plus, Super-Fan Cameron Hughes, presented by Tackett
Call the Phantoms in advance for tickets and
Sunday Family 3-Packs and SAVE! 518-480-3355
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