Shayne Gostisbehere Signs ATO with Phantoms
Fresh off his national championship with the Union College Dutchmen on Saturday, 5-11, 170-lb D Shayne Gostisbehere (GOSS-tiss-bear) has been signed by the Philadelphia Flyers to an entry-level contract, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.
Gostisbehere will report to the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms, on Wednesday for the remainder of their season on an Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO). He will make his professional debut at some point in the upcoming week during the Phantoms' three remaining games on the 2013-14 schedule.
Shayne Gostisbehere, who turns 21 on Sunday (4/20/1993), was selected by the Flyers in the third round (78th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Last weekend, he led Union College to their first-ever NCAA hockey championship, culminating in a 7-4 win over the University of Minnesota in the championship game on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. He was named Most Outstanding Player of the Frozen Four after recording a goal, two assists and a record plus-7 rating vs. the Golden Gophers. It was the latest in a season full of accolades for Gostisbehere, who was also named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. Now he is moving on from Rick Bennett's championship program at Union College and taking his step to the next level.
Gostisbehere is excited for his upcoming debut with the Adirondack Phantoms. "First professional game. It's definitely going to be nice to get that experience," Gostisbehere said. "It's a dream come true to play professional hockey."
Gostisbehere recorded nine goals and 25 assists for 34 points in 42 games in his third and final season at Union. In 119 career games for the Dutchmen, Gostisbehere posted 22 goals and 60 assists for 82 points.
"My career and where it's at right now is all thanks to Coach Bennett and all my coaches at Union and what they'e done for me," Gostisbehere said. "When I got to Union they knew obviously I was an offensive defenseman. And they didn't even touch my offense, we went right to the D-Zone and just worked on D stuff. They said, 'You're not the biggest guy so we're gonna teach you how to use your stick and use your feet and that's your skills and we're gonna use those.' I can't thank them enough. They're pretty much the reason why I'm at this point in my hockey career."
Just three games remain for the Adirondack Phantoms. Next up is an away contest at Syracuse on Wednesday. Then it's the big home finale on Friday night with the fans' last ever chance to cheer for the Adirondack Phantoms and the team's last chance to thank their loyal supporters. Phantoms Team Posters will be given away to the first 4,000 fans in attendance courtesy of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce. Call the Phantoms for tickets in advance to save: 518-480-3355.
Wednesday, April 16 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Syracuse Crunch
Friday, April 18 (7:00) - Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Adirondack Phantoms - Fond Farewell Night!
Team Poster Giveaway (first 4,000 fans) presented by Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Saturday, April 19 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Hershey Bears - Last Game
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