meLVin Named to 2015 AHL All-Star Classic

Winners of Four Straight, Lehigh Valley Returns to PPL Center This Weekend

January 14, 2015

Lehigh Valley, PA – Maybe it was his deft footwork during the Thriller dance. Or possibly it was his pinpoint accuracy with the t-shirt cannon. Or it could have been his acrobatic display on the balance beam.

JustSports PhotographyFor all of those reasons and countless more, meLVin, the mascot of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and the last known Puck-Nosed Pladottle, has been named to the 2015 AHL All-Star Classic.

“meLVin is beyond excited to be recognized as an All-Star mascot,” said Phantoms Director of Fun and meLVin’s translator Andrew Hill. “He couldn’t be more proud to represent the Phantoms and the entire Lehigh Valley at this year’s All-Star festivities. It’s a testament to the energy and excitement meLVin brings to the PPL Center each and every night to be recognized with such an honor in his very first season.”

Since signing with the Phantoms on August 12, 2014, meLVin has quickly become a local celebrity visiting schools, hospitals, and various events across the Lehigh Valley in addition to bringing his signature style of fun and excitement to Phantoms home games at PPL Center.

JUSTSPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY“This is a big month for meLVin,” Hill said. “Obviously he’s excited about his birthday bash at PPL Center later this month (January 30) and now this incredible honor. I can only imagine the amount of popcorn meLVin plans to eat in celebration of this tremendous accomplishment!”

For a look at some of meLVin’s highlights through the first half of the 2014-2015 season, click here.

The 2015 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort & Casino is set for January 25 and 26 in Utica, New York.

Lehigh Valley enters the week in the midst of a season-high four-game winning streak and returns to PPL Center for a pair of games this weekend. First, the Phantoms welcome the Albany Devils to downtown Allentown on Friday as Lehigh Valley is set to debut its brand-new Orange Third jerseys. Then, the Phantoms welcome the East Division rival Binghamton Senators to PPL Center on Saturday. It’s another Legends Night as Bob Clarke, one of hockey’s greatest legends and the architect of the Phantoms’ 1998 and 2005 Calder Cup championship teams, will be at the game. All fans in attendance will receive a FREE Collector’s Edition Poster spotlighting Clarke.

Tickets for both games are available now at the Mealey’s Furniture Box Office at PPL Center (701 Hamilton), by calling 610-347-TIXX (8499) or online at

Check it out! Group outings are a fun and affordable way to enjoy all the excitement of Phantoms hockey. For more information on group rates and fan experiences at PPL Center call the Phantoms front office today at 610-224-GOAL (4625)!

Upcoming Home Games:

Friday, January 16, 2015, Albany Devils vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
(Debut of the Phantoms’ brand-new Orange Third jerseys!)

Saturday, January 17, 2015, Binghamton Senators Tigers vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
(Legends Night! Bob Clarke, one of hockey’s greatest legends and the architect of the Phantoms 1998 and 2005 Calder Cup championship teams, will be at the game! FREE Collector’s Edition Poster for all fans!)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 Hershey Bears vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
($2 Beer Night! $2 Coors Light drafts from the time doors open until the start of the 2nd period. Available behind Section 108. Please drink responsibly.)

Saturday, January 24, 2015 St. John’s IceCaps vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
(Free Shirt Giveaway for all fans in attendance! Specialty Jersey Night! Post-Game Jersey Auction! Inaugural Season Night!)

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).