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Phantoms: New Home, New Hope – An Interview With Riley Cote

Riley Cote spent six seasons as an enforcer with the Flyers organization. He won the Calder Cup with the Phantoms at the end of the ’04-’05 season, the team’s Man of the Year award in ’06-’07, and the Flyer’s Pelle Lindbergh Memorial trophy in ’07-’08. Cote retired in August of 2010 and was named an assistant coach of the Adirondack Phantoms. He took the time to answer a few questions regarding the team’s final season in Glens Falls. The team is now in its final season in Adirondack. Do you get the sense that the players are ready for the …

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Phantoms: New Home, New Hope — The Diehard Fans

So here we are. The AHL season has started and the Phantoms are off on a positive note, carrying an overtime win against the Hershey Bears this past weekend into a home-and-home with the Hartford Wolf Pack, which includes their home opener on October 12. Wait, what? The Phantoms won a game? It may sound harsh, but that’s the Philadelphia culture, right? Lose one game and the season is over? Well, things are not quite the same here in Glens Falls. In fact, it’s almost the opposite. Glens Falls has some of the most diehard hockey fans I have ever …

The Phantoms' lack of success in Adirondack is because of several factors, as Tim McManus, former Phantoms beat reporter for the Post-Star, discusses. (Photo courtesy of masslive.com)

Phantoms: New Home, New Hope — A Closer Look at the Phantoms’ Struggles in Adirondack

Tim McManus covered the Phantoms for The Post-Star during their first three seasons in Adirondack (2009-2010 to 2011-2012). In that time, he witnessed a team struggling to adjust to its new surroundings and a different way of life, going from the bustling Philadelphia to the quiet Glens Falls, NY. The Phantoms have failed to find much success while in their temporary home in Adirondack, and Tim was able to give some great insight as to why that is, including the Flyers organization’s role in the Phantoms’ struggles. The Phantoms have struggled to find success during their time in Glens Falls. …

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Phantoms: New Home, New Hope – The Voice From Above, Dan Miner

I have been associated with the Glens Falls Civic Center in several different aspects, from inputting online stats during the Frostbite era, to operating the message board, and now writer for Flyers Faithful covering the Phantoms. During all my stints, there was one constant: The voice from above, Dan Miner, PA Announcer. Not only is Dan a terrific on-air talent, but he is a passionate, hockey smart and kind individual who welcomed me into the press box very quickly. Since then, Dan and I have become friends and with the addition of Gary “The Music Man” Gifford, we have been …

The Phantoms played their last regular-season game in the Spectrum on April 10, 2009. (Photo courtesy of HockeyScoop.com)

Phantoms: New Home, New Hope – History of the Phantoms

Since 1936, the Philadelphia Flyers have been affiliated with several AHL teams. Their longest-lasting (and most successful) affiliation was with the Hershey Bears from 1984-1996, prior to dealing with the Phantoms. When the Flyers moved out of the Spectrum and into the CoreStates Center in September of ‘96, they elected to keep the Spectrum open. Doing so required them to find another tenant to replace all the games lost with the Flyers’ move, and so they made a move and purchased the Phantoms, an expansion team scheduled to begin operation in the 1996-1997 season. And thus began the longtime relationship …

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