Fresh off his national championship with the
Union College Dutchmen on Saturday, 5-11, 170-lb
D Shayne Gostisbehere (GOSS-tiss-bear) has been
signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to an entry-level
contract, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.
Gostisbehere will report to the Flyers' American
Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms,
on Wednesday for the remainder of their season
on an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO). He will make
his professional debut at some point in the upcoming
week during the Phantoms' three remaining games
on the 2013-14 schedule.
Gostisbehere, who turns 21 on Sunday (4/20/1993),
was selected by the Flyers in the third round
(78th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Last weekend, he led Union College
to their first-ever NCAA hockey championship,
culminating in a 7-4 win over the University of
Minnesota in the championship game on Saturday
night at the Wells Fargo Center. He was named
Most Outstanding Player of the Frozen Four after
recording a goal, two assists and a record plus-7
rating vs. the Golden Gophers. It was the latest
in a season full of accolades for Gostisbehere,
who was also named a finalist for the Hobey Baker
Award. Now he is moving on from Rick Bennett's
championship program at Union College and taking
his step to the next level.
Gostisbehere is excited for his upcoming debut
with the Adirondack Phantoms. "First professional
game. It's definitely going to be nice to get
that experience," Gostisbehere said. "It's
a dream come true to play professional hockey."
Gostisbehere recorded nine goals and 25 assists
for 34 points in 42 games in his third and final
season at Union. In 119 career games for the Dutchmen,
Gostisbehere posted 22 goals and 60 assists for
"My career and where it's at right now is
all thanks to Coach Bennett and all my coaches
at Union and what they'e done for me," Gostisbehere
said. "When I got to Union they knew obviously
I was an offensive defenseman. And they didn't
even touch my offense, we went right to the D-Zone
and just worked on D stuff. They said, 'You're
not the biggest guy so we're gonna teach you how
to use your stick and use your feet and that's
your skills and we're gonna use those.' I can't
thank them enough. They're pretty much the reason
why I'm at this point in my hockey career."
Just three games remain for the Adirondack Phantoms.
Next up is an away contest at Syracuse on Wednesday.
Then it's the big home finale on Friday night
with the fans' last ever chance to cheer for the
Adirondack Phantoms and the team's last chance
to thank their loyal supporters. Phantoms Team
Posters will be given away to the first 4,000
fans in attendance courtesy of the Adirondack
Regional Chamber of Commerce. Call the Phantoms
for tickets in advance to save: 518-480-3355.
Wednesday, April 16 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch
Friday, April 18 (7:00) - Bridgeport
Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms - Fond Farewell
Last Adirondack Phantoms Home Game
Team Poster Giveaway Night for first 4,000 fans
courtesy of Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Saturday, April 19 (7:00) - Adirondack
Phantoms at Hershey Bears
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.