Transactions: Hunter McDonald Added on PTO

Darren Brady Returned to Reading

March 22, 2024

Allentown, PA – The Lehigh Valley Phantoms have signed defenseman Hunter McDonald to a PTO (Professional Try Out) contract and have also loaded defenseman Darren Brady to the Reading Royals of the ECHL.

McDonald, 21, is a lefty-shot from Fairport, NY who was drafted in the sixth round of the 2022 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. The hulking 6-4 blueliner just completed his second season at Northeastern University where he scored one goal with five assists for six points in 23 games played. In his NCAA career, McDonald played 58 games in two seasons with the Huskies scoring 2-18-20 with 88 PIM.

Previously, he played in the USHL with the Chicago Steel and Omaha Lancers for a combined 90 games in two seasons scoring 6-13-19.

Brady, 27, is a right-shot defenseman from Lake Orion, MI who has played in two games with the Phantoms in November recording one assist. He has also skated in 39 games with Reading where he has scored 3-14-17.

Brady has played in 54 career AHL games, including 50 with the San Joe Barracuda last year, scoring 3-7-10. The 6-0 product of R.I.T. (Rochester Institute of Technology) has also played in 134 career games in the ECHL with Reading, Idaho and Rapid City scoring 10-44-54.

The Phantoms return to action this weekend with home games on Saturday night against the Bridgeport Islanders and Sunday at 3:05 against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Phantoms Tickets are available HERE


Saturday, March 23 (7:05) vs. Bridgeport Islanders – Margaritaville Night

Sunday, March 24 (3:05) vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – Kids Takeover Day / Postgame Autographs Presented by NJM Insurance

Friday, March 29 (7:00) at Syracuse Crunch
Saturday, March 30 (6:05) at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Tuesday, April 2 (7:00) at Hershey Bears