Goaltender Mark Dekanich Signed to AHL Contract

Phantoms Home Opener for 2016-17 Season Set for Saturday, October 15

August 18, 2016

Lehigh Valley, PA – The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, proud AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, are pleased to announce that goaltender Mark Dekanich has been signed to an AHL contract.

Mark Dekanich HersheyA 6’2″, 192-pound netminder from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Dekanich spent the majority of last season with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL where he produced a 20-9-4 overall record in 35 appearances to go along with a 2.16 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.

A fifth-round selection (#146 overall) by the Nashville Predators in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, he’s appeared in 163 career AHL games (Milwaukee Admirals, Springfield Falcons, St. John’s IceCaps, Hershey Bears) during which he’s compiled an 92-55-13 mark, 11 shutouts, a 2.39 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.

Before starting his professional career, Dekanich completed a four-year career at Colgate University where he posted a 52-45-16 record in 118 games to go along with a 2.25 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. During that time, he was named to the All-ECAC Hockey First Team (2005-06), All-ECAC Hockey Second Team (2006-07) and All-ECAC Hockey Third Team (2007-08).

RISE UP! Another thrilling season of Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey at PPL Center is right around the corner with the home opener to the 2016-2017 regular season set for Saturday, October 15. 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. Starting at just $67, tickets 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 www.phantomshockey.com or www.pplcenter.com.

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).