Transaction: Defenseman Jesper Pettersson Reassigned to Reading

Phantoms Kick Off This Week’s Action Tonight in Syracuse

March 2, 2016

Lehigh Valley, PA – The Philadelphia Flyers, parent club of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, have reassigned defenseman Jesper Pettersson from the Phantoms to the Reading Royals of the ECHL.

Jesper Pettersson PortraitA 21-year-old blueliner from Stockholm, Sweden, Pettersson is in the midst of his second professional season and has recorded three goals, seven assists, 10 points and 47 penalty minutes in 75 career games with the Phantoms. In 24 games with Lehigh Valley this year, the 5’8″, 192-pound defender has tallied one goal, two assists, three points and 12 penalty minutes.

A seventh-round selection (198th overall) by the Flyers in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Pettersson notched two goals, nine assists, 11 points and 14 penalty minutes across a 27-game stint with the Royals earlier this season.

The Phantoms kick off this week’s action tonight when they invade the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse for a 7:00 p.m. showdown with the Crunch. Be sure to catch all the action on FOX 1470-AM, online at or via the iHeartRadio app beginning with “Countdown to Faceoff” at 6:20 p.m.

The Phantoms then return home to PPL Center on Friday, March 4 when they welcome the rival Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to downtown Allentown. Friday’s game is the fourth and final “20 Years of Phantoms” night. It’s the last chance to catch the Phantoms in their specialty throwback jerseys and fans are encouraged to arrive early in order to secure the fourth and final commemorative poster giveaway – free to the first 3,000 fans in attendance. A limited number of tickets are available and can be secured at, by calling 610-347-TIXX [8499] or in-person at the Mealey’s Furniture Box Office at PPL Center [701 Hamilton Street].

RISE UP! Reserve your season tickets and groups 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:

20 Years Poster #4Friday, March 4, 2016, WB/Scranton Penguins vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m.
(“20 Years of Phantoms” Night. Commemorative Poster Giveaway 4 of 4.)

Sunday, March 20, 2016, Portland Pirates vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 5:05 p.m.
(Post-Game Autographs with Phantoms Players.)

In the midst of their 20th season of operation, the Phantoms are coming off 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 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).