Heeter, VandeVelde, Lamarche to Phantoms
The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that they have forward Chris VandeVelde (Van-duh-Vell-dee) and goaltender Cal Heeter have been loaned to their AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, according to general manager Paul Holmgren. In a separate transaction, it was also announced that defenseman Maxim Lamarche has been reassigned to the Phantoms from the Elmira (NY) Jackals of the ECHL.
Cal Heeter, 25, re-joins the Phantoms had been up with the Flyers since February 28 on an emergency recall basis. He served as backup to Steve Mason for five games from March 1 through March 11 while Ray Emery was unavailable due to injury. He stayed with Philadelphia for a couple games last year under similar circumstances as an emergency recall backup. The St. Louis, Missouri native has yet to appear in any regular-season game-action in the NHL.
Cal Heeter is a second-year pro out of Ohio State who appeared in one preseason game for Philadelphia earning a 3-2 shootout win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on September 16.
Heeter is 15-19-0 for the Adirondack Phantoms this year with a 2.48 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. He has four shutouts this season including back-to-back blankings on January 3 and January 4 of the Hershey Bears and Albany Devils when he won AHL Player of the Week honors.
Chris VandeVelde, 26, was recalled by Philadelphia on the morning of Tuesday, March 11 to play in that evening's game against the New Jersey Devils. It was his 18th game of the year for Philadelphia. He began the season on an AHL contract with the Adirondack Phantoms but was later signed to a one-year NHL contract by the Flyers on December 12. VandeVelde played in 17 games for the Flyers from December 8 through January 30 during the longest consecutive NHL call-up of his career. He recorded one assist and averaged 7:57 of time-on-ice. He had been back with the Phantoms since January 31 prior to his March 11 recall.
The University of North Dakota product has appeared in 39 games with Adirondack this season scoring 9-14-23. He spent his first three seasons of professional hockey from 2010-13 in the Edmonton Oilers organization appearing in 28 games in the NHL scoring one goal. On his NHL career, VandeVelde has played in a total of 46 games scoring one goal and three assists.
He also played in 192 games for the Oklahoma City Barons scoring 24-36-60. His AHL numbers in 233 career games have seen him score 35 goals and 48 assists for 83 points.
VandeVelde's only career NHL goal came on March 25, 2012 against current Flyers goalie Steve Mason who was with Columbus at the time.
Maxim Lamarche, 21, has spent the majority of his rookie season with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL where he has played in 50 games scoring 3-5-8 with 38 penalty minutes. Lamarche has also played in three games with Adirondack from December 27 through December 31. Lamarche also began the season with the Phantoms but was a healthy scratch from October 5 through November 2 before his initial assignment to Elmira on November 5. The Laval, PQ native played for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL prior to signed with the Flyers organization as a free agent last summer.
The Phantoms continue their stretch of road games this weekend traveling on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to Hartford, Hershey and Bridgeport. Adirondack's next home games are Saturday, March 22 and Sunday March 23 at 5:00. The March 22 game is Firefighters Appreciation Night and the March 23 game is a Sunday Family FunDay featuring a postgame skate with the Phantoms players. Call the Phantoms for tickets and Sunday Family Fun-Packs at 518-480-3355.
Friday, March 14 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Hartford Wolf Pack
Saturday, March 15 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Hershey Bears
Sunday. March 16 (3:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Tuesday, March 18 (7:00) - Phantoms Power Hour Radio Show
at Recovery Sports Grill. With special guests Rob Bordson and Cullen Eddy
Friday, March 21 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Utica Comets
Saturday, March 22 (7:00) - Hartford Wolf Pack at Adirondack Phantoms - Firefighters Appreciation Night. MacBoston FD vs FDNY Charity Game at 1:30.
Sunday, March 23 (5:00) - Syracuse Crunch at Adirondack Phantoms - Postgame Skate with the Players! Sunday Family FunDay for only $43 to receive 3 tickets, 3 hot dogs, 3 sodas, 1 large popcorn and 1 program
Saturday, March 29 (7:00) - Springfield Falcons at Adirondack Phantoms - Community Recognition Night offering a unique opportunity to raise awareness and funds for your organization. Fan Appreciation Night as we thank you fans for your wonderful support and give away a CRAZY amount of great prizes!
When you order your tickets in advance, you save! Call the Phantoms at 518-480-3355
25 Terrific Seasons
Glens Falls is celebrating its 25th season hosting an AHL team and in so doing now joins an elite group of just 9 other active markets who can make such a claim. It's a great hockey tradition with an old-school feel that began with the Adirondack Red Wings in 1979. In their 20-year tenure at the Glens Falls Civic Center through 1999, the Red Wings won four Calder Cups. The Adirondack Phantoms began play in Glens Falls in 2009-10 and are in their fifth season bringing exciting AHL action to the North Country.
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