AHL All-Star rosters announced

Atlantic City’s venerable Boardwalk Hall will play host to the 2012 American Hockey League All-Star Classic from January 29-30, but the Adirondack Phantoms are not well represented. Taking a starting role for the Eastern Conference squad will be goaltender Michael Leighton, who was selected alongside Tyson Sexsmith of the Worcester Sharks and Jeff Zatkoff from the Manchester Monarchs. Leighton, only 30, is completely deserving if for nothing else than his professionalism during three seasons of constant upheaval. This year, he’s gone 11-11-0 with a 2.44 goals-against average and one shutout as ADK has risen from DFL in the East to …

Spectrum Memories: A view from above

To celebrate my 25th year of hockey fandom, I will occasionally step into the way-back machine and write about events in the Flyers’ past. For the balance of the season, I will be dipping into the well to ruminate about some things related to my love of the Philadelphia Flyers, and in general about the fan experience as a youngster. This is the fifth in the series of Spectrum Memories. As I’ve established in previous posts, I was a nosebleed dweller at the Spectrum throughout my youth. That was the deal if my parents were going to front the tickets for a whole season. Still, there were …

Dancin’ Shawny’s story

Give us a little backstory. You had season tickets. You started dancing during a mass exodus in the ’07 season. Simon Gagne scored. Then what? How did you get noticed? Well it was pretty instant that I got noticed. After I appeared, then Gagne scored, a representative (a sales one I’m guessing) told me that they liked my enthusiasm, and hoped I would return next game. The next game I was there and when I saw the camera I decided to do it again, apparently that’s what they were looking for and it’s grown ever since. I just wanted to …

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