Hockey Operations Archive


Chuck Fletcher

October 24, 2021

Joe Hurley

October 19, 2021

Jake Rogers

September 2, 2021

Rogers, 29, joined the Phantoms in August of 2021. Rogers is a Portland, Maine native who was the equipment manager and assistant equipment manager with the Maine Mariners since 2018.


Riley Armstrong

January 4, 2019

Armstrong, 36, was the first head coach for the new Maine Mariners of the ECHL and guided the team to a record of 69-58-7 in his two seasons at the helm. He also was promoted to assistant general manager for his second season with the team working alongside Mariners general manager Danny Briere. Armstrong had […]


Jason Smith

Smith, 47, is a veteran of over 1,000 NHL games with the New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers and Ottawa Senators. The rugged defenseman scored 41 goals with 128 assists for 169 career points while accumulating 1,099 penalty minutes. Smith was captain of the Edmonton Oilers for five seasons and with […]


Hockey Operations

October 23, 2017

Zac Guercia

August 11, 2017

Zac Guercia is entering his second season at Head Equipment Manager for the Phantoms. Before coming to Lehigh Valley, Guercia spent 10 seasons with Manchester Monarchs. Guercia started as an intern before being named the Assistant Equipment Manager position for Monarchs in 2009, who were then playing in the AHL. The Monarchs would win the 2014-15 […]


Ian Laperriere

Laperriere, 47, becomes the 11th head coach in franchise history. He hails from Montreal and was a round 7 selection of the St. Louis Blues in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. He played in parts of three different seasons in the AHL from 1993-96 with the Peoria Rivermen and Worcester IceCats. Laperriere has been an […]






Brian Grogesky

Brian Grogesky is entering his fourth season as Head Athletic Trainer with the Phantoms. A native of Mehoopany, Pennsylvania, Grogesky spent 15 seasons as the Head Athletic Trainer of the Phantoms’ ECHL affiliate, the Reading Royals before coming to Lehigh Valley. A member of Reading’s Kelly Cup championship team in 2013, he was inducted into […]


Bill Downey

Bill Downey is entering his sixth season with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. He joined the organization in 2016 as the manager of hockey operations. He was named assistant coach and director of hockey operations ahead of the 2021-22 season. Prior to working in Lehigh Valley, Downey spent five seasons as the director of hockey operations […]


Dan Meinz

Dan Meinz is entering his second season as Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Phantoms. He joins the Phantoms after four years as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Velocity Hockey Center in Minnesota.


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