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October 2, 2013

Regular Season Begins

Saturday, October 5 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Hershey Bears
Friday, October 11 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Hartford Wolf Pack
Saturday, October 12 (7:00) - Hartford Wolf Pack at Adirondack Phantoms (Opening Night!)


And so it begins! The Adirondack Phantoms hit the road for their 2013-14 season debut traveling to Giant Center in Hershey, PA for a Saturday night meeting with the Bears. Next weekend, the Phantoms will travel to Hartford, CT on Friday night and then it's Celebration-Time on Saturday, October 12 with the 25th AHL Opening Night at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Opening Night tickets are gong fast. Last year, the first game of the season was a sellout and the Phantoms are anticipating that possibility for this one too. Fans should reserve their seats for the big night by calling the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.

This Week's Matchup

The road game on Saturday at Hershey will be the first of six meetings this season between the long-time AHL rivals and is also their only meeting in the 2013 portion of the season. Hershey's first trip to Glens Falls this season will be January 3, 2014 in the Phantoms' first game of the calendar year.

It is the 179th all-time meeting between the Phantoms and Bears dating back to 1996. The Phantoms are 83-85-10 all-time versus Hershey. The Bears are the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals. They previously had served as the affiliate for the Philadelphia Flyers from 1985-96.

Terry Murray's brother, Bryan Murray, was head coach of the Hershey Bears in 1980-81 prior to assuming the same duties with Washington.

25 Terrific Seasons

Glens Falls is celebrating its 25th season hosting an AHL team and in so doing now joins an elite group of only 12 other cities who can make such a claim. It's a great hockey tradition with an old-school feel that began with the Adirondack Red Wings in 1979 who won four Calder Cups in their 20-year run at the GFCC. The Adirondack Phantoms began play in Glens Falls in 2009-2010 and are beginning their fifth season.

Last Week

Saturday, September 28: Albany Devils 3 - Adirondack Phantoms 2 (preseason)

Adirondack opened preseason play at the Glens Falls Civic Center and were led by Jason Akeson (1G, 1A), Kris Newbury (2A) and Brandon Manning (1G). The Phantoms dominated play in the third period but could not come up with a tying goal as they well to their Northway Rivals 3-2. Harri Pesonen had two goals for the Devils.

"I liked our offensive zone play," said head coach Terry Murray.. "Even in the first period, it was good. Maybe not as great as in the third period but there were some opportunities there. We need to be a little more get after it, get on the hunt to recover some pucks."

Cal Heeter went the distance in goal for the Phantoms while Maxime Clermont's 29 saves propelled Albany to the win. The Phantoms outshot the Devils 31-21 in the game and 13-5 in the third period. Adirondack was 1-for-4 on the power play while Albany went 1-for-6. The Phantoms and Devils will meet 12 times during the regular season beginning on Monday, October 14 at 2:00 at Times Union Center in Albany.

Sunday, September 29: Utica Comets 4 - Adirondack Phantoms 2 (preseason)

Michael Raffl stood out in his first day wearing a Phantoms jersey. The Austria native who had just been loaned by Philadelphia a couple of days previously was playing for Adirondack for the first time and scored both of the team's goals in a 4-2 loss to the Utica Comets in Rome, NY. Alex Frieseen scored two goals for Utica. The Comets clung to a 3-2 lead for the entire third period until an empty-netter with 15 seconds left finally sealed matters in the team's debut appearance in the Mohawk Valley.

Rookie Petr Straka of the Czech Republic coming to the Phantoms from the QMJHL had a couple assists on the Raffl goals.

The newest entry in the AHL raced out to a 2-0 lead in the first period with both goals scored by Friessen and were able to hold off Adirondack's late rally attempts. Veteran goalie Yann Danis played the whole game for Adirondack allowing three goals while Utica's Joe Cannata made 26 saves on 28 shots for the victory.

The Phantoms will meet the affiliates of the Vancouver Canucks four times this season. The Comets' visit on December 7 will mark the first regular season AHL matchup between teams from Glens Falls and Utica in almost 20 years dating back to the last meeting of the Adirondack Red Wings and Utica Devils in March, 1993.

The Captain is Back

Ben Holmstrom has gone a long time since his last game. The Phantoms captain the past two seasons was out of action after a knee injury on December 7, 2012. The fourth-year Phantom is slated to take the ice for the first time since that injury in the upcoming Saturday night away game at Hershey. The Colorado Springs, Colo. native is just five games away from breaking Kevin Marshall's all-time Adirondack Phantoms record of 185 career games played.

Adirondack Phantoms Record Book
Career Games:
1. Kevin Marshall 185
2. Jon Kalinski 182
3. Ben Holmstrom 181
4. Cullen Eddy 171
5. Eric Wellwood 164
6. Rob Bordson 161

NHL Experience

19 different players on the Adirondack Phantoms last year also shared time in the NHL. The list included a wide range of younger and more experienced talents including Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Zac Rinaldo, Erik Gustafsson, Eric Wellwood, Andreas Lilja and Brian Boucher.

On this year's Phantoms Opening Night roster are 11 players who have also played in the NHL before including Jason Akeson, Yann Danis, Zack FitzGerald, Bruno Gervais, Ben Holmstrom, Matt Konan, Oliver Lauridsen, Brandon Manning, Tye McGinn, Kris Newbury and Chris VandeVelde.

Veteran Presence

A trio of veterans with terrific hockey pedigrees join the Phantoms this year.

Kris Newbury, 31, has spent the past couple of seasons with the New York Rangers organization. He has played in 72 career NHL games but it's his AHL statistics that will really catch your eye; 599 games, 142 goals, 297 assists, 439 points. Newbury is one of only two players to have racked up 60 or more points in the AHL in each of the last three seasons.

Goaltender Yann Danis, 32 signed with the Flyers organization and is looking forward to playing in the AHL city that is closest to his hometown of Montreal after spending the past couple of seasons in Oklahoma City and Edmonton. Danis was the AHL Goalie of the Year ("Baz" Bastien Memorial Award) just two years ago and has 141 career AHL wins as well as 53 career NHL games played with Edmonton, New Jersey, New York Islanders and Montreal.

Defenseman Bruno Gervais, 28, brings 418 games of NHL games experience to the Phantoms, mostly with the New York Islanders. Gervais' last stretch as a regular AHL player was in 2005-06 with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers when he represented his team in the AHL All-Star Game and finished second among league-defensemen in goals with 16.

Bench Boss

Terry Murray brings more NHL coaching experience to an AHL bench than any other coach in league history as he enters his second season with the Adirondack Phantoms. Murray rates 19th all-time in NHL history with 1,012 career games and is 18th all-time in career wins with 499. Murray, 63, was the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers from 1994 to 1997 leading the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1997. He has been a part of the Flyers' organization off-and-on since initially signing with the team as a young defenseman in 1975. Murray has coached some of the greatest players in NHL history in a career that has also seen him lead the Los Angeles Kings, Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers.

Riley Cote returns for his fourth season as assistant coach with the Phantoms. The 31 year old originally from Winnipeg won a Calder Cup for the Philadelphia Phantoms in 2005 and played a combined 324 career games in Philadelphia for the Phantoms and Flyers from 2004 through 2010. He racked up a combined 1,980 penalty minutes with the two Philadelphia teams.

Broadcast Coverage

Once again, catch all the action of Adirondack Phantoms hockey home and away on the team's official flagship station Q101.7 and the Phantoms Radio Network presented by Curtis Lumber. Bob Rotruck enters his fourth season as the Voice of the Phantoms as well as his first year as a proud new father of a healthy baby girl named Aurora!
The Falls Farm and Garden Countdown to Faceoff Pregame Show begins 30 minutes prior to game-time. Listen on your drive home to the extended Great Meadow Federal Credit Union Post-Game Report including Audio Replay Highlights and player reaction and interviews from the locker room.

Opening Night Ticket Package

Opening Night for the first home game of the 2013-14 season celebrating the 25th season of the AHL in Glens Falls will be Saturday, October 12 against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Purchase a special Opening Night Package for only $40 (plus tax) including two tickets to Opening Night, two flex tickets valid for any future Phantoms game at the Glens Falls Civic Center, and a commemorative pint glass. Offer available while supplies last. Call the Phantoms to reserve your special package at 518-480-7784.


Saturday, October 5 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Hershey Bears (First Away Game of 2013-14)

Friday, October 11 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Hartford Wolf Pack

OPENING NIGHT!!! - Magnet Schedule Giveaway courtesy of Great Meadow Federal Credit Union.

Monday, October 14 (2:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils





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