The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that they
have returned forward Chris VandeVelde (Van-duh-Vell-dee)
and goaltender Cal Heeter on loan to their AHL
affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, according
to general manager Paul Holmgren. In a separate
transaction, it was also announced that defenseman
Maxim Lamarche has been reassigned to the Phantoms
from the Elmira (NY) Jackals of the ECHL.
Cal Heeter, 25, re-joins the
Phantoms after he had been up with the Flyers
since February 28 on an emergency recall basis.
He served as backup to Steve Mason for five games
from March 1 through March 11 while Ray Emery
was unavailable due to injury. He stayed with
Philadelphia for a couple games last year under
similar circumstances as an emergency recall backup.
The St. Louis, Missouri native has yet to appear
in any regular-season game-action in the NHL.
Cal Heeter is a second-year pro out of Ohio State
who appeared in one preseason game for Philadelphia
earning a 3-2 shootout win over the Toronto Maple
Leafs on September 16.
Heeter is 15-19-0 for the Adirondack Phantoms
this year with a 2.48 goals-against average and
.916 save percentage. He has four shutouts this
season including back-to-back blankings on January
3 and January 4 of the Hershey Bears and Albany
Devils when he won AHL Player of the Week honors.
VandeVelde, 26, was recalled by Philadelphia
on the morning of Tuesday, March 11 to play in
that evening's game against the New Jersey Devils.
It was his 18th game of the year for Philadelphia.
He began the season on an AHL contract with the
Adirondack Phantoms but was later signed to a
one-year NHL contract by the Flyers on December
12. VandeVelde played in 17 games for the Flyers
from December 8 through January 30 during the
longest consecutive NHL call-up of his career.
He recorded one assist and averaged 7:57 of time-on-ice.
He had been back with the Phantoms since January
31 prior to his March 11 recall.
The University of North Dakota product has appeared
in 39 games with Adirondack this season scoring
nine goals and 14 assists for 23 points. He spent
his first three seasons of professional hockey
from 2010-13 in the Edmonton Oilers organization
appearing in 28 games in the NHL scoring one goal.
On his NHL career, VandeVelde has played in a
total of 46 games scoring one goal and three assists.
He also played in 192 games for the Oklahoma City
Barons scoring 24-36-60. His AHL numbers in 233
career games have seen him score 35 goals and
48 assists for 83 points.
VandeVelde's only career NHL goal came on March
25, 2012 against current Flyers goalie Steve Mason
who was with Columbus at the time.
Maxim Lamarche, 21, has spent
the majority of his rookie season with the Elmira
Jackals of the ECHL where he has played in 50
games scoring 3-5-8 with 38 penalty minutes. Lamarche
has also played in three games with Adirondack
from December 27 through December 31. Lamarche
also began the season with the Phantoms but was
a healthy scratch from October 5 through November
2 before his initial assignment to Elmira on November
5. The Laval, PQ native played for the Baie-Comeau
Drakkar of the QMJHL prior to signed with the
Flyers organization as a free agent last summer.
The Phantoms continue their stretch of road games
this weekend traveling on Friday, Saturday and
Sunday to Hartford, Hershey and Bridgeport. Adirondack's
next home games are Saturday, March 22 and Sunday
March 23 at 5:00. The March 22 game is Firefighters
Appreciation Night and the March 23 game is a
Sunday Family FunDay featuring a postgame skate
with the Phantoms players. Call the Phantoms for
tickets and Sunday Family Fun-Packs at 518-480-3355.
Friday, March 14 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Hartford Wolf Pack
Saturday, March 15 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Hershey Bears
Sunday, March 16 (3:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Tuesday, March 18 (7:00) - Phantoms
Power Hour Radio Show LIVEat Recovery
Sports Grill. With special guests Rob Bordson
and Cullen Eddy
Friday, March 21 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Utica Comets
March 22 (7:00) - Hartford Wolf Pack at Adirondack
Phantoms - Firefighters Appreciation
Night. MacBoston vs. FDNY/Hazmat1 Charity Game
Sunday, March 23 (5:00) - Syracuse
Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms - Postgame
Skate with the Players! Sunday Family FunDay for
only $43 to receive 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas,
1 large popcorn and 1 program
Saturday, March 29 (7:00) - Springfield
Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms - Community
Recognition Night offering a unique opportunity
to raise awareness and funds for your organization.
Fan Appreciation Night as we thank you fans for
your wonderful support and give away a CRAZY amount
of great prizes!
25 Terrific Seasons
Glens Falls is celebrating its 25th season
hosting an AHL team and in so doing now joins
an elite group of just 9 other active markets
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. In their 20-year
tenure at the Glens Falls Civic Center through
1999, the Red Wings won four Calder Cups. The
Adirondack Phantoms began play in Glens Falls
in 2009-10 and are in their fifth season bringing
exciting AHL action to the North Country.