Stortini Named Phantoms’ 2014-15 IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year

Phantoms Continue 3-Game Road Trip Friday at Binghamton

April 2, 2015

Lehigh Valley, PA – The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, proud AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, are proud to announce that Zack Stortini has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Lehigh Valley community during the 2014-2015 season.Reading @ Cleveland4 1.20.15 smallAlways reading and willing to sign autographs and take pictures with Phantoms fans, Stortini instantly became a fan favorite in the Lehigh Valley. During his first season with the Phantoms, Zack has already made several visits to the children’s wing at Lehigh Valley Hospital, has practiced with a number of Lehigh Valley Phantoms youth hockey teams and made a special reading trip to the 1st and 2nd graders at Cleveland Elementary in downtown Allentown.

One of the most personable and generous players in the AHL, Zack is always willing to take pictures and sign autographs for appreciative fans and engages in frequent conversations with fans to convey the appreciation of the team. In fact, during the 2015 Phantoms Carnival, he remained for nearly a full hour after the conclusion of his designated shift in order to continue taking pictures, signing autographs and interacting with fans.

Hospital Visit7 2.5.15Stortini is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2014-15 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall IOA/Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League later this month.

After a 3-2 victory at the Norfolk Admirals last night, the Phantoms continue their three-game road trip this Friday, April 3rd when they visit the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton for their final regular season meeting of the year with the Senators. Lehigh Valley is then in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday, April 4th for a collision with the Penguins. Be sure to catch all the road action this weekend on Fox 1470 AM, online at or via the iHeartRadio app. Coverage begins with the Nazareth Pallet Countdown to Faceoff 45 minutes before puck drop.

Check it out! Reserve your season tickets now for the 2015-2016 season of Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey. 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)!

Upcoming Home Games:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
($2 Beer Night! $2 Coors Light drafts available from the time doors open until the start of the 2nd period.)

Friday, April 10, 2015 Norfolk Admirals vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
(Free Shirt Friday!)

Saturday, April 11, 2015 Norfolk Admirals vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 PM
(Fan Appreciation 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).