Goaltender Mark Dekanich Recalled From Loan to Reading
January 21, 2017
Lehigh Valley, Pa. – The Philadelphia Flyers, parent club of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, have reassigned forward Radel Fazleev and defenseman Reece Willcox from the Reading Royals of the ECHL to Lehigh Valley. In addition, goaltender Mark Dekanich has been recalled from loan from Reading.
A 21-year-old forward from Kazan, Russia, Fazleev is in the midst of his first professional season and has registered three goals, seven assists and 10 points in 34 games with Lehigh Valley this year.
A sixth-round selection (#168 overall) by the Flyers in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, he spent the last three seasons with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL) where he compiled 42 goals, 105 assists, and 147 points across 168 total games.
A 22-year-old blueliner from Surrey, British Columbia, Willcox is also in his first professional campaign and has tallied two goals, three assists and five points in 27 games with the Phantoms this season.
A fifth-round selection (#141 overall) by Philadelphia in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, he spent the past four seasons at Cornell University where he recorded five goals, 24 assists, and 29 points in 120 games with the Big Red.
A 30-year-old goaltender from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Dekanich is in his ninth professional season and has compiled a 10-9-1 overall record in 22 games with the Royals this season to go along with a 3.02 goals-against average and 0.907 save percentage. In 163 career AHL appearances, the 6’2″, 192-pound netminder is 92-55-13 with a 2.39 goals-against average and 0.915 save percentage.
The Phantoms are back in action at PPL Center tonight when they host the Providence Bruins in a 7:05 p.m. showdown. Tonight’s game features a Youth Jersey Giveaway to the first 2,500 kids 14 and under presented by Capital BlueCross, Dick’s Sporting Goods, PALCS and Velaspan.
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The Phantoms are thrilled to host the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross at PPL Center January 28-30. The 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 presented by Capital BlueCross 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 20 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).