NHL Defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere Joins Phantoms for Conditioning
Lehigh Valley, Pa. - The Philadelphia Flyers have announced today that defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere has been assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on a conditioning loan.
Gostisbehere, 26 is currently in his sixth professional season after he began his career with the Phantoms at the end of the 2013-14 season. He made his professional debut on April 18, 2014 for the Adirondack Phantoms against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Gostisbehere began the next two seasons with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, playing five games in 2014-15 and 14 in 2015-16. In total, the defenseman has played 21 games for the Phantoms and tallied two goals and 13 assists for 15 points.
A native of Pembroke Pines, Florida, Gostisbehere has registered 12 points on five goals and seven assists in 41 games with the Philadelphia Flyers this season and has been sidelined since having arthroscopic knee surgery on January 14. Over six seasons, he has played 339 games for the Flyers and totaled 51 goals, 148 assists and 199 points. He ranks sixth all-time in Flyers history for most points by a defensemen. He was named to the 2015-16 NHL All-Rookie team and finished second in the Calder Memorial Trophy voting after beginning the season with Lehigh Valley.
Originally drafted in the third round (#78) of the 2012 NHL Draft by Philadelphia, Gostisbehere played three seasons at Union College, and led them to the 2013-14 NCAA Championship in his junior year, being named the NCAA Tournament MVP, a First team All-American, and the ECAC Player of the Year. He helped the United States win a Gold Medal at the 2013 World Juniors, alongside former Phantom Cole Bardreau.
Gostisbehere will be available for this weekend's games, starting on Friday night in Rochester. He last played for the Phantoms on November 13, 2015 against the Rochester Americans and tallied two assists in 7-1 win.
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