Davis Drewiske Named Lehigh Valley’s 2015-16 IOA/American Specialty Man of the Year

Phantoms Prepare for Weekend Series in St. John’s

March 31, 2016

Lehigh Valley, PA – The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, proud AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, are pleased to announce that Davis Drewiske has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contribution to the Lehigh Valley community during the 2015-2016 season.

Hospital Visit2 12.14.15A frequent contributor to the team’s community outreach initiatives, Davis helped launch the Phantoms Charities Floor Hockey Donation program by researching equipment and visiting with physical education instructors in the Lehigh Valley, as well as scheduling and ultimately coordinating the donation deliveries to Roberto Clemente Charter School (March 28) and Raub Middle School (April 5). As part of these delivery donations, Davis, along with several Phantoms teammates, delivered nearly $2,500 in brand-new floor hockey equipment and worked directly with the students to introduce a series of skills and drills to begin their floor hockey education.

Davis also helped quarterback a special Big Brothers Big Sisters night at PPL Center where more than 30 bigs and littles were given a behind-the-scenes tour of the Phantoms locker room along with an opportunity to take the ice at PPL Center. He also participated in the team’s G.O.A.L. (Get Out And Live) Program, a healthy living assembly presented to elementary schools across the Lehigh Valley. Along with the Phantoms’ mascot, meLVin, Davis helped bring the program’s five healthy initiatives to life by noting how he has applied each in his journey to becoming a professional hockey player.

GOAL Program 1.22.16Finally, he attended each of the team’s visits to the children’s wing at Lehigh Valley Hospital as well as participated in Phantoms Youth hockey practices and reading visits to elementary schools.

Davis is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2015-16 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League in April.

The Phantoms travel north this weekend for a pair of games at the St. John’s IceCaps this Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2. Puck drop for both nights is set for 6:00 p.m. locally here in Lehigh Valley. Be sure to catch all of this weekend’s action on FOX 1470-AM, online at www.fox1470.com or via the iHeartRadio app beginning with “Countdown to Faceoff” at 5:20 p.m.

RISE UP! Reserve your season tickets and groups now for the 2015-2016 season of Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey. For more information on how to reserve your seat at PPL Center to the hottest ticket in town, call the Phantoms front office today at 610-224-GOAL (4625)!

Upcoming Home Games:

Saturday, April 9, 2016, Bridgeport Sound Tigers vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m.
(Faith Night. GIANT Canned Food Drive.)

Friday, April 15, 2016, WB/Scranton Penguins vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m.

Sunday, April 17, 2016, Syracuse Crunch vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 5:05 p.m.

In the midst of their 20th season of operation, the Phantoms are coming off 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 in Philadelphia 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 19 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).