Pro hockey returning to Glens Falls

Philadelphia Flyers' farm team, the Phantoms, gets OK to move

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
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— The American Hockey League Board of Governors has approved a move of the Philadelphia Phantoms hockey team to the Glens Falls Civic Center.

AHL President and CEO David Andrews today announced the approval for the farm team of the Philadelphia Flyers to move during a league meeting in Chicago.

Glens Falls City Councilman Dan Hall said it was the news local hockey fans had been waiting to hear for years.

"We're all very excited," he said. "Now the Phantoms' sales team can come in and make corporate connections to sell ads in their programs and make season ticket sales."

Nearly 1,700 individuals have already made a commitment to the team after the city encouraged local fans to put $25 down on a season ticket as a show of support for professional hockey.

The Civic Center has nearly 5,000 seats for hockey.

The AHL board approved the transfer of ownership of the Philadelphia Phantoms franchise from Philadelphia Phantoms, LP, to a newly formed entity known as Phantoms Hockey LLC, owned by the Brooks Group. Andrews said the AHL easily approved the Phantoms' move.

"We're excited to be returning to the rich AHL tradition and history in Glens Falls," he said.

As the farm team for the Philadelphia Flyers, local fans root to see players ascend to the big leagues.

Hall said he often watched the Adirondack Red Wings when they were at the Civic Center.

The Red Wings had four Calder Cup championship teams during the 1980s and 1990s when they were in the city.

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April 28, 2009
4:35 p.m.
mhowie says...

I still don't see why we need two teams so close together. Why not move the second team into Plattsburgh, say?

April 28, 2009
4:45 p.m.
Johnny says...

What happens after three years when the Allentown arena is ready for the Phantoms?

That said, it's good to see something come to our area. But, the GFCC needs some major upgrades, doesn't it.

Any idea on what the team will be called? I pray that they use Glens Falls and not Adriondack. The out-of-town fan does not know where Adirondack is.

April 28, 2009
7:05 p.m.
rdf8585 says...

Likely Adirondack Phantoms, to give it a more regional feel... Saratoga on up to Ticonderoga is their market, I think.

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