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A streak for the ages

Eight years ago today, the Philadelphia Phantoms turned a somnolent start to their ninth American Hockey League season into something truly special. After dropping two in a row, both on the road, this John Stevens-led club failed to lose for the next 36 days, rolling to a franchise-best 17-game winning streak that also stood as the longest in the AHL until Norfolk’s all-time run of 28 straight victories through the end of last season. Armed with talent from the NHL with nowhere to go due to the lockout (Joni Pitkanen, Patrick Sharp, Dennis Seidenberg, Todd Fedoruk) as well as young …

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Future Flyers Report: 10/22

FORWARDS: Thanks to the fact the OHL is the league furthest into their 2012-2013 season, skaters from the Ontario Hockey League lead both lists in this week’s Future Flyers Report standings. Both Nick Cousins and Scott Laughton have played 13 games so far this season, but Cousins has two more goals and four more assists than Laughton for a six-point lead at the top of the forwards’ list. Andrew Rowe and Marcel Noebels come in third and fourth, as they are the top scoring Flyers’ prospects in the ECHL. A rather surprising stat is Eric Wellwood’s one assist in four games for …

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Trenton Update: 10/12-10/18

Last season, the Trenton Titans finished dead last out of the 20 teams in the ECHL with 21 wins and 52 points over 72 games. During their time at the bottom of the league last year, the squad only produced one winning streak that was three games or longer. Just three games into the 2012-13 season the Titans have already matched that total, as they sit atop the “E” with a record of 3-0-0. Six other teams in the league are undefeated, but none of those clubs have played three games yet. Head coach Vince Williams believes there are several …

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The ultimate Adirondack Phantoms road trip guide

They aren’t playing hockey in Philadelphia anytime soon, or so it seems. But it’s business as usual for the Adirondack Phantoms, and the lockout is a perfect excuse to visit beautiful upstate New York, a place I fell in love with during my six years there. If you make the 4 1/2-hour trek north to get your hockey fix this winter, you’re going to be pleasantly surprised. There are no big cities to be found, but there are plenty of  gems to discover, if you know where to look. There are two main options to anchor your stay: Glens Falls, where …

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Then and Now: David Printz

In the 2001 NHL Draft, the Philadelphia Flyers picked Swedish defenseman David Printz 225th overall in the seventh round. The blue liner was selected two picks before the Colorado Avalanche chose Marek Svatos and four picks before the New Jersey Devils chose Aaron Voros. Printz joined the Flyers’ organization in the 2004-2005 regular season, as he spent time with the Trenton Titans and the Philadelphia Phantoms. The d-man only played in two games for the Titans recording an assist in the process. He participated in 50 regular season games with the Calder Cup winners posting a goal and five assists along with 66 PIMs. For …