Forward Derek Mathers Loaned to Allen Americans

Phantoms Return to Action at PPL Center This Friday, Saturday

October 19, 2016

Lehigh Valley, PA – The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, proud AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, have loaned forward Derek Mathers to the Allen Americans of the ECHL.

Mathers 10.28.15A 23-year-old forward from Strathroy, Ontario, Mathers is in the midst of his fourth professional season and split time last year between the Phantoms (3 games, 0 points, 12 penalty minutes) and Reading Royals of the ECHL (27 games, 1 goal, 3 assists, 4 points, 107 penalty minutes).

A seventh-round selection (#206 overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Mathers has appeared in 98 career AHL games during which he’s compiled 3 goals, 5 points and 314 penalty minutes in addition to 30 ECHL outings (1 goal, 5 points, 121 penalty minutes).

The Phantoms return to action with a pair of games at PPL Center this weekend. First, on Friday, October 21, Lehigh Valley welcomes the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to town for the first time this season. It will be Ed Snider Tribute Night with the Phantoms set to wear specialty jerseys celebrating the legacy of the co-founder and former owner of the Philadelphia Flyers. Friday’s game will also feature the WFMZ-TV Coat Drive where fans are encouraged to donate winter coats on their way into the game.

Then, on Saturday, October 22, the Hartford Wolf Pack invade PPL Center for a 7:05 p.m. contest. It will be Youth Hockey Night in downtown Allentown with a post-game autograph session with Phantoms players following the rivalry showdown. Tickets for both games next week are currently available at

RISE UP! Another thrilling season of Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey at PPL Center is underway! Reserve your season tickets and group outings for the 2016-2017 season of Phantoms hockey today. 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]!

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The Phantoms are thrilled to host the 2017 Capital BlueCross AHL All-Star Classic at PPL Center January 28-30. The Capital BlueCross AHL All-Star Classic weekend includes a Phan Fest during the day on Saturday, January 28 and a Tailgate Party that evening, followed by the AHL All-Star Skills Competition on Sunday, January 29 and the 2017 AHL All-Star Game on Monday, January 30. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime event. Packages starting at just $67 for the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic weekend are on sale now and include admission to Saturday’s Phan Fest & Tailgate Party, Sunday’s AHL All-Star Skills Competition and Monday’s All-Star Game. To purchase tickets, please visit or

The Phantoms are coming off their 20th Anniversary Season and second campaign in the Lehigh Valley playing at the state-of-the-art 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).