Transaction: Phantoms Sign RW Evan Rankin to PTO

Phantoms Kick Off 4-Game Home Stand at PPL Center Tonight vs. Providence

October 24, 2015

Lehigh Valley, PA – The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, proud AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, have signed forward Evan Rankin to a PTO (professional try-out).

A 29-year-old right wing from Portage, Michigan, Rankin began the season with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL where he recorded one goal in the team’s first two games. He spent the bulk of last season with the Rochester Americans where he tallied eight goals, seven assists and 15 points in 32 games.

A 6’1″, 185-pound winger, Rankin boasts 191 career AHL games on his professional resume during which he’s compiled 55 goals, 53 assists and 108 total points. He notched three consecutive double-digit AHL goal-scoring campaigns from 2011 to 2014, which was capped by a 16-goal, 30-point season with the Syracuse Crunch just two years ago.

The Phantoms are back at PPL Center tonight when the team kicks off a four-game home stand with a 7:05 p.m. tilt against the Providence Bruins. The first 8,500 fans in attendance this evening will receive a free magnet schedule presented by Capital BlueCross and Pita King.

The home stand continues tomorrow, Sunday, October 25, when the Toronto Marlies visit downtown Allentown for the first and only time this year for a 5:05 p.m. showdown. Sunday’s game features a youth jersey giveaway where the first 2,500 kids 14 and under will receive a free youth hockey jersey courtesy of Capital BlueCross, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Velaspan.

Tickets for this weekend’s highly-anticipated contests at PPL Center, along with each of the Phantoms’ 37 remaining home games, are available now 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:

Saturday, October 24, 2015, Providence Bruins at Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m.
(Magnet Schedule Giveaway! FREE to first 8,500 fans in attendance presented by Capital BlueCross & Pita King.)

LVP_Jersey_orangeSunday, October 25, 2015, Toronto Marlies at Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 5:05 p.m.
(Youth Jersey Giveaway! FREE to first 2,500 kids 14 and under in attendance. Presented by Capital BlueCross, Dick’s Sporting Goods & Velaspan.)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, St. John’s IceCaps at Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m.
(Pink in the Rink presented by Lehigh Valley Health Network)

Friday, October 30, 2015, St. John’s IceCaps vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m
(Ball Cap Giveaway & John Walson, Jr. Night! FREE Phantoms ball cap to first 8,500 fans in attendance presented by Service Electric Cable TV & Communications)

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).