Story #1960 - It's Not Goodbye, It's See You Soon

Sunday, July 30, 2017
Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Highland Park Hockey transitions to on August 1st!

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

EDIT: Take 30 seconds to answer three quick questions about how Inside AHL Hockey can best serve up what you're most interested in this upcoming season.

After almost six and a half years, I can't believe I'm writing the final story here at Highland Park Hockey.

What started out as basically an online record for myself to keep track of the 2010-11 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins while I was away at Penn State University finishing up my journalism degree has turned into so much more over the years.

While the saying is that all good things must come to an end, this is more of a see you later than a final goodbye. With this blog coming to an end at the end of the month, I turn the page on to something that myself as well as several of my colleagues around the American Hockey League (AHL) unanimously agree is a venture that is both necessary and on to something that will be quite worthwhile.

Flyers Re-Sign RFA's Bardreau, Lyon & Stolarz

Saturday, July 15, 2017
Photos courtesy of Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms' AHL Roster Nearly Complete

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

The Philadelphia Flyers didn't wait out the weekend to announce they have re-signed their last three restricted free agents - goaltenders Alex Lyon and Anthony Stolarz and forward Cole Bardreau.

Both Lyon and Stolarz received one-year contracts, while Bardreau was extended for two years.

All three are expected to be key contributors on the Flyers' AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley this fall.

Full Breakdown of Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2017-18 Schedule

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Phantoms hockey is right around the corner! Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Phantoms begin 2017-18 season on home ice at PPL Center

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

It's finally here! The American Hockey League released its regular season schedule for the 2017-18 season this afternoon.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms open the regular season at home against the Hershey Bears on Saturday, October 7th at 7:05 p.m. ET in their fourth season in downtown Allentown, Pennsylvania.

A full breakdown with everything you need to know about the Phantoms' 2017-18 regular season schedule after the jump.

EDIT: The Phantoms also announced their preseason schedule:
Friday, September 29th: Charlotte vs. Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
Saturday, September 30th: Charlotte vs. Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET 

Phantoms' 2017-18 Home Opener Revealed

Monday, July 10, 2017
Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Lehigh Valley to Host Hershey in Home Opener

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

The American Hockey League (AHL) will release its schedule for the 2017-18 season later this week, but teams around the league announced the opponent for their home opener Monday afternoon.

After a thrilling back-and-forth first round playoffs series between the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Hershey Bears went the distance last spring, it's only fitting that the Phantoms will begin the home portion of their schedule hosting the Bears on Saturday, October 7th at 7:05 p.m. ET at the PPL Center in downtown Allentown, Pa.

While unconfirmed until the league releases the full schedule for all teams, it's believed that the Phantoms' home opener will also mark their season opener on October 7th.

Phantoms Sign Conner, Four Others To AHL Deals

Thursday, July 6, 2017
Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Conner Returns to Lehigh Valley

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms have made official the signing of Chris Conner to an AHL contract for two years, along with one-year AHL contracts for goaltender John Muse, defenseman Frank Hora and forwards Derek Hulak and Matt Willows.

The biggest news here is that Conner will be back with the Phantoms. The 33-year old forward is showing no signs of slowing down - finishing his third straight 50-point AHL season with the Phantoms last year with 22 goals and 34 assists in 70 games.

Conner's game-winning overtime goal in Game Three of the Phantoms' first round series against Hershey kept the team's season alive, and the Phantoms took the Bears to a winner-take-all Game Five after trailing the best-of-five series two games to none. His experience is a welcomed addition back among the Phantoms forward core this fall.