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Phantoms: New Home, New Hope – History of Glens Falls

We now find ourselves on the cusp of new NHL and AHL seasons. The Flyers look to bounce back to their normal playoff-worthy hockey, while the Phantoms look to just win some games for a change. Who knows what the product on the ice for the Phantoms will be this season, but one guaranteed difference will be the fact that this will be their last season as the “Adirondack” Phantoms. We all know that the Phantoms have been an abysmal team since leaving the big city of Philadelphia for small town USA, Glens Falls, but will their move to Allentown, …

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Glens Falls’ best hope for future is still to support the team it has now

When the Phantoms announced last week they’d remain in Glens Falls for another season, their release contained a caveat that struck an unusual note to those not attuned to the unique rhythms of the drawn out dance between city and team. Fairly high in the Phantoms’ statement, Glens Falls’ mayor Jack Diamond trumpeted the franchise’s pledge to step aside for parts unknown next season should another franchise pledge to move to Glens Falls. “Why announce that part,” the Flyers own inside reporter Anthony SanFilippo wrote on Twitter. “Doesn’t instill confidence for fans for next season.” That was a pretty typical reaction outside …

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Phantoms announce additional season in Glens Falls

Due to the delays in constructing the new Allentown, PA arena, the Phantoms were virtually homeless for the 2013-14 season. That changed today when the Phantoms and the city of Glens Falls made a joint announcement that they have come to an agreement for the Phantoms to play one more season at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Despite the fans being loyal to what ever team is playing in Glens Falls at the time, there was immediate concern that another season of Phantoms hockey would impede the search for another team. The co-owners of the Phantoms, Rob and Jim Brooks, …

Public address announcer Dan Miner and his wife, Lisa, work in the press box late in the third period of Saturday's game.

Going for the hockey, staying for the people

By the time I made it to the front of the line outside of the Glens Falls Civic Center box office, my nose was cold, my boots were covered in a layer of slush, and I could have really used a beer. Then I found out I was in the wrong line. Will call was inside. When I finally got my ticket, I handed the whole package — stapled envelope included — to the guy at the door. If there was any doubt I’m new to this ticket stuff — translation:  I’m used to being a spoiled reporter — that …

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Let’s talk about Allentown. Really, it’s OK.

The Phantoms made a major announcement Wednesday afternoon about the future of their franchise. Once they move to Allentown at the start of the 2014-15 season, they’ll be known as the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. There’s a new logo, some tweaked colors, and of course, merchandise for sale. Wait, you missed the big hullabaloo? Me too. As far as I can tell, the news release went out to an Allentown-specific media list that bypassed the usual sources to disseminate information. I find no mention on the team’s official Twitter or Facebook or web pages, and none of the reporters I checked …

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