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May 16, 2014 1:03 pm(0)

Thoughts on upcoming press conference

Officially, Friday's press conference is to announce that the Calgary Flames will be relocating their AHL team to Glens Falls.

But we already know that much. What are we really looking for?

For one, the team name. There has been a lot of speculation, mostly landing on Adirondack Flames or Adirondack Heat. Sticking with Adirondack makes sense: Every team here has been named Adirondack something. The Flames have named most of their affiliates after themselves, but they may want some continuity between the team in Abbotsford and this one.

Everyone wants to know when and how to get season tickets. That will likely be made clear tomorrow.

Will Troy Ward, whose name has been linked to the coaching search in Vancouver, still be the coach? Who will be in the front office?

There is an interesting note on the latter: Brian Petrovek, former Portland Pirates CEO, resigned on Monday.

The Flames new general manager Brad Treliving was the assistant general manager of the Coyotes and general manager of the Pirates last year. Petrovek had nice things to say about Glens Falls in an interview with The Post-Star in October, especially about Davidson's. There has been no word of this, but it could be conceivable that he lands here.

UPDATE: Maine Hockey Journal reports that Petrovek will be the new team's president.

May 15, 2014 4:24 pm(1)

Hockey press conference scheduled for Friday

The press conference to officially announce the relocation of the Calgary Flames' AHL affiliate to Glens Falls has been scheduled for Friday morning.

It will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Heritage Hall at the Glens Falls Civic Center and is open to the public.

Glens Falls and Flames officials will be on hand to discuss the relocation and announce the new team name. 

From the Flames, general manager Brad Treliving and assistant general manager Michael Holditch, who visiting the arena in April, will be present. The Glens Falls officials will include mayor Jack Diamond, common council members and others, according to EDC Warren County president Ed Bartholomew.

The Flames announced May 5 that they would move their AHL team to Glens Falls after saying a few weeks prior that the team would not remain in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

According to the mayor, the team and the city have agreed on a deal for three years with options for two additional years.

May 14, 2014 6:45 pm(13)

Fans, Phantoms react to new team on Twitter

When the Calgary Flames announced they were sending their AHL affiliate to Glens Falls, the Twitterverse reacted. 

Even non-locals got in on the excitement.

Phantoms, some technically former Phantoms as free agents, also joined in.

May 06, 2014 1:03 am(1)

No word on new team's conference, division

The Abbotsford Heat are moving almost as far as physically possible within the American Hockey League. It seems a safe assumption the new team won't be playing in the same division.

It could be playing in the same conference, however.

There is no official word on how the conferences and/or divisions may change. That is typically decided at the Annual Meeting in July.

If the new team moves to the Eastern Conference, where the Adirondack Phantoms played, either a team needs to shift to the Western Conference or the conferences will be uneven - the precedent has been set in the NHL. 

There probably isn't a team willing to shift to the Western Conference as it would make travel more difficult for all of them.

The new team could play in the North Division, currently made up of Hamilton (near Toronto), Toronto, Rochester, Utica and Lake Erie (Cleveland). Then, again, either a team changes divisions or they are uneven. Lake Erie could move to the Midwest and then Iowa to the West.

Playing in the Western Conference would mean more travel than the Eastern, but still less than from Abbotsford.

Utica, the closest Western Conference opponent, played 21 of its 33 road games within 300 miles. Eleven of those games were against Eastern Conference opponents.

May 06, 2014 12:15 am(0)

New team's name unknown

The Calgary Flames' have not yet announced what they will name their new AHL affiliate in Glens Falls. That will likely come at next week's press conference when the organization is introduced to the city.

Since moving to St. John's in 1993, three of Calgary's four affiliates have been named the Flames or the Heat: St. John's Flames, Quad City Flames, Abbotsford Heat. Calgary had players with other teams at times when they did not have their own affiliate.

The exception was the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, who were named such to integrate two local institutions - a former local hockey team and a civic organization. The logo, however, still incorporated a flame element, similar to Calgary's logo.

That all seems to add up to the nickname being Flames or Heat, though others could be possible. 

There is not any word on whether the team will be Adirondack or Glens Falls, though every hockey team has been named Adirondack.

The mascot, however, will likely change. The Abbotsford Heat's mascot is a red-tailed hawk, a species native to the Fraser Valley, named Hawkey (say it out loud ... Hockey).

The Phantoms have said they would make Dax (a beaver named for the AdironDACKS) available to another team. There are two sides to that: continuity and wanting to create your own identity. As beloved as Dax is, the character would be played by a different person, so he would not be the same.

What do you think? What should the new team's nickname and mascot be?

May 05, 2014 10:58 pm(5)

Eight Phantoms recalled as Black Aces

The Flyers recalled eight Phantoms as Black Aces on Wednesday. These players will practice with the Flyers and likely not play, though it can happen.

Brandon Alderson, Nick Cousins, Ben Holmstrom and Petr Straka were recalled for forwards. Mark Alt, Oliver Lauridsen and Brandon Manning were recalled at defenseman. Yann Danis was recalled at goalie.

Danis' recall is interesting just because he has been out with a knee injury since March 21 and had not been practicing with the Phantoms. This gives the Flyers four goalies as Cal Heeter was recalled before the end of the season due to an injury to Steve Mason.

Alderson came on strong at the end of the season, scoring six goals in the last eight games. Cousins also picked up steam after a slow start, and 25 game drought in the middle.

Manning rebounded from an off season last year with a stronger performance last year. Alt added more offensive awareness to his game this year with almost as many points as he had shots the year before.

April 23, 2014 4:30 pm(1)

Gostisbehere makes pro debut

Union College's presence was obvious from the start. During the national anthem, the hockey team in the stands called out "U" as its student section usually does - at "O!, say can U see".

Now-former Union standout Shayne Gostisbehere was making his professional debut with the Phantoms and his teammates made the 42-mile trip up the Northway to cheer him on.

"They were up there," Gostisbehere said with a smile. "It was pretty special to share this experience with my teammates."

There was another special moment when the PA announcer congratulated the Dutchmen on their national championship during a promotional timeout. The crowd gave a standing ovation and Gostisbehere skating a small circle, saluting the fans.

"It was awesome," he said. "Especially when the crowd went nuts when they announced that we won, that was a good experience and I'll never forget that."

As far as the actual game, Gostisbehere said he felt "alright out there, a little sluggish." He noted that the game is definitely faster and stronger than college, but he certainly had no visible issues keeping up.

"Some little things I would do in college wouldn't work, per se, but I just adjusted and played my game."

Head coach Terry Murray liked what he saw out of Gostisbehere.

"The Ghost shows a lot of high-end skill, very mobile a lot of agility and vision on the ice," he said. "He's not only a double-option, he's a triple-option playmaker and that's pretty special when you have that kind of player."

Gostisbehere blamed himself for Bridgeport's first goal, a shorthanded goal in the third period. "I lost my guy who initially passed backdoor but I lost my guy," he said. That guy was Scooter Vaughan, who scored the goal.

That didn't stop Murray from putting Gostisbehere out for the start of the overtime, however.

"I liked his game," the coach said. "When you're getting into overtime, you got four-on-four hockey, lot's of open ice. There's an opportunity for him to do the things he does well with the puck and that's make plays, carry the puck, be creative.

"I love that kind of player and I think he's going to make good offensive plays for the team."

Murray said the only thing Gostisbehere needs is more experience at the professional level.

"It's just going to be experience

April 18, 2014 11:00 pm(0)

Game 75 rewind: Bridgeport 3, Phantoms 2 (OT) -- last home game

The Phantoms started strong but could not pull out a win in their final home game. The crowd of 5,586 was a record for the Adirondack Phantoms at the Civic Center.

April 18, 2014 6:15 pm(0)

Gostisbehere joins Phantoms

It's been quite the week for Shayne Gostisbehere. On Saturday, he was plus-seven in Union College's first hockey National Championship. Tuesday, he signed with the Flyers. Thursday, he joined the Phantoms and then planned to go back to Schenectady for the parade. Friday, he will play his first professional game.

"I'm just trying to catch my breath," Gostisbehere said.

At least he didn't have to go back to Philadelphia (where the National Championship was played) to sign the contract before coming back upstate to join the Phantoms. 

The defenseman said he made the decision to leave Union after his junior season with his family, weighing what was best for his development.

Now, he's just "a sponge," trying to learn how to be a professional player. Terry Murray told the 20-year-old just to go out and play his game. Murray said he needs to see what Gostisbehere can do. 

Murray hasn't seen him play but has heard a lot about Gostisbehere. He said almost every conversation he had with management and scouts ended up coming back to Gostisbehere - the prospect Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren called their "ferrari" to Philly beat writers. 

"His reputation is pretty good," Murray said. "He had a tremendous tournament, certainly in the last game he was a dominant player. It's a different level of hockey; you're out there against the big men now. I'm sure he's going to handle himself very well, though."

A week ago, Gostisbehere was playing with Mat Bodie, Union's captain. Now, they're on opposite sides of the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Bodie signed with the Rangers three days ago. Gostisbehere said they don't have anything on the line yet but he was sure they'd wager something

April 18, 2014 2:30 pm(0)
Adirondack Thunder Update