Akeson Loaned to Phantoms, Alderson Reassigned to Reading

Phantoms Return to PPL Center Saturday vs. Norfolk!

November 28, 2014

Lehigh Valley, PA – The Philadelphia Flyers, parent club of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, announced today that forward Jason Akeson has been loaned from the Flyers to the Phantoms while forward Brandon Alderson has been reassigned by Philadelphia from Lehigh Valley to the Reading Royals of the ECHL. A 24-year-old forward from Orleans, Ontario, Akeson suited up in 12 games for the Flyers this season and heads to Lehigh Valley after leading the Phantoms in scoring in each of the last three seasons. Meanwhile, a 22-year-old winger from Oakville, Ontario, Alderson registered two goals and four points to go along with 28 penalty minutes in 17 games with Lehigh Valley this season.

The Phantoms return to action tonight when Lehigh Valley heads to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City for a meeting with the Albany Devils. The Phantoms then return to PPL Center tomorrow for their first showdown of the year with the Norfolk Admirals. Saturday’s contest features a post-game autograph session with Phantoms players as well as a FREE team poster for all fans in attendance. Tickets for Saturday’s highly anticipated match-up are available now at the Mealey’s Furniture Box Office at PPL Center (701 Hamilton) by calling 610-347-TIXX (8499) or online at pplcenter.com.

Philadelphia Flyers v New York Rangers - Game SevenA 5’10”, 190-pound winger, Akeson spent the majority of last season with the Phantoms where he paced all Adirondack skaters in goals (24), assists (40) and points (64). Following his stellar campaign, Akeson earned a late season call-up to the Flyers where he produced two goals and four points in eight games between the end of the regular season and Philadelphia’s postseason series with the New York Rangers. All told, Akeson has recorded 58 goals, 114 assists and 172 points in 208 career games over three seasons with the Phantoms. He led all Phantoms in goals (20) and points (53) during the 2012-13 season after leading all Adirondack skaters in assists (41) and points (55) during the 2011-12 campaign.

Meanwhile, a 6’4″, 202-pound winger, Alderson is in the midst of his second professional season after producing 14 goals and 21 points in 71 games with the Phantoms last year. He finished tied for third on Adirondack’s roster last season in goals scored and was one of seven Phantoms to appear in more than 70 games. Before coming to the Phantoms, Alderson spent four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) where he compiled 69 goals, 88 assists and 157 points in 267 games between the Sarnia Sting and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Check it out! Don’t miss the action and fun of Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey at PPL Center in downtown Allentown! Contact the Phantoms Front Office for information on season tickets and affordable partial-season plans by calling 610-224-GOAL (4625).

Upcoming Home Games:

Saturday, November 29, 2014, Norfolk Admirals vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
(Team Autograph Night and Poster Giveaway. Autographs with the players after the game!)

Saturday, December 6, 2014, Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
(Legends Night! Bill Barber, a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the first head coach in Phantoms history will be at the game!)

(Teddy Bear Toss presented by Dan’s Camera! Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used teddy bears to the game and throw them on the ice when the Phantoms score their first goal! All bears will be donated to Valley Youth House.)

Saturday, December 13, 2014, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
(“Go Birds” Tailgate! With special guests Jeremiah Trotter, Brian Baldinger and the Eagles Cheerleaders! Specialty Jersey Night with a post-game jersey auction)

In their 19th season of operation, the Phantoms are currently in the midst of their Inaugural Season as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms playing at the brand-new PPL Center. Established in 1996, the Phantoms spent their first 13 seasons at the Spectrum before re-locating to Glens Falls, New York in 2009 where the team spent the next five seasons as the Adirondack Phantoms. A new era of Phantoms hockey began in the fall of 2014 when the Lehigh Valley Phantoms began play at the state-of-the-art PPL Center. Through 18 incredibly successful campaigns, the Phantoms have captured two Calder Cup Championships (1998, 2005), two Conference Championships (1998, 2005), two Regular Season Titles (1996-97, 1997-98) and four Division Championships (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2003-04).