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March 14, 2008 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Adirondack Phantoms News Release

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Phantoms general manager Paul Holmgren announced today that the organization has signed right wing Rob Bellamy and defenseman Jason DeSantis to amateur tryout contracts for the remainder of the 2007-08 season. Both players will join the team in time for tomorrow's game at Bridgeport.

Bellamy, 22, was a third-round selection (92nd overall) of the Flyers in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He comes to the Phantoms from the University of Maine, where he served as the team captain during his senior season. Bellamy tallied five goals and 13 assists for 18 points in 33 games this year, ranking him third on the team in scoring. In four years with the Black Bears, the 6-1, 205-pound native of Providence, RI posted 15 goals and 33 assists for 48 points and 252 PIM in 137 games.

DeSantis, 22, comes to the Phantoms as a free agent from The Ohio State University, where he posted five goals and 15 assists for 20 points in 41 games as a senior. The 5-11, 185-pound native of Oxford, MI totaled 16 goals and 49 assists for 81 points in 144 games during his four-year Ohio State career, the first two of which he spent as a teammate of Phantoms defenseman Nate Guenin. DeSantis has also agreed to an AHL contract with the Phantoms for the 2008-09 season.

Tonight is the first of three games in three nights for the Phantoms, who host the Hershey Bears at the Wachovia Spectrum. They head to Bridgeport tomorrow night before returning home to host the Portland Pirates on Sunday at 5:05 PM. Tickets are available at the Wachovia Complex box office, online at ComcastTIX.com or phantomshockey.com, or by phone at 1-800-298-4200.

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