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Stewart Wins AHL Player of Week Honor

January 3, 2011 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Adirondack Phantoms News Release

Congratulations to Adirondack Phantoms rookie goalie Brian Stewart who has been named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Jan. 2, 2011. Stewart made four appearances and went 3-0-0 for the Phantoms, stopping 93 of 98 shots for a 1.34 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage. Stewart is the first ever Adirondack Phantom to win the honor.

Stewart began his week with a perfect relief outing on Wednesday, stopping all 16 shots in 33 minutes of work vs. Manchester. He then got the call in all three of Adirondack's weekend games, beginning Friday when he made 27 saves through regulation and overtime before stopping all four shootout attempts to preserve a 3-2 victory over Springfield, his first AHL win of the season. Stewart stopped 18 of 19 shots on Saturday in a 2-1 decision over Albany, and he made 32 saves in Sunday's 3-2 shootout win at Rochester as the Phantoms put together their first three-game winning streak since January 2010. In recognition of his achievement, Stewart will be presented with an etched crystal award prior to an upcoming Phantoms home game. Stewart, a rookie from Burnaby, B.C., is now 3-5-0 (3.22, .886) in nine games for Adirondack in 2010-11. Stewart signed with the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent on Apr. 19, 2010, after four seasons at Northern Michigan University, where he went 18-11-7 as a senior last year.

David Laliberte is the most recent Phantom to have won the honor when he was recognized for his play for the week ending April 5, 2009 as a Philadelphia Phantom.

Other nominees for Reebok/AHL Player of the Week include Abbotsford goaltender Leland Irving, Albany center Michael Swift, Bridgeport left wing Micheal Haley, Charlotte goaltender Justin Pogge, Chicago defenseman Paul Postma, Connecticut defenseman Wade Redden, Hamilton center Dustin Boyd, Hershey goaltender Braden Holtby, Houston center Cody Almond, Lake Erie right wing Matthew Ford, Manchester goaltender Martin Jones, Manitoba defenseman Mark Flood, Milwaukee left wing Ryan Thang, Peoria goaltender Jake Allen, Portland center Paul Byron, Rochester defenseman Clay Wilson, Rockford goaltender Hannu Toivonen, San Antonio right wing Matt Watkins, Syracuse center Trevor Smith, Texas left wing Fabian Brunnstrom, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton right wing Nick Johnson and Worcester defenseman Matt Irwin.

Upcoming Games:

Wednesday, January 5, 7:00 - Adirondack Phantoms at Albany Devils

Friday, January 7, 10:00pm - Adirondack at Abbotsford Heat

Saturday, January 8, 10:00pm - Adirondack Phantoms at Abbotsford Heat

Friday, January 14, 7:30pm - Hershey Bears at Adirondack Phantoms

Don't be left out! Tickets for all Phantoms games are on sale now. Discount rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Save off the individual ticket price by asking the Phantoms about their great group rate packages. The AHL is celebrating their 75th anniversary season and is the top development league for the NHL. More than 85 percent of today's NHL players are American Hockey League graduates and more than 6 million fans attend AHL games every year. Come watch future NHL stars and up-and-coming Flyers prospects with exciting Adirondack Phantoms hockey! A variety of ticket packages for all the fast-paced action are on sale now. The Phantoms selection of discount ticket packages includes 3-packs, 6-packs, 12 and 22 Select Plans, full season plans and Flex Packs. Choose the plan that works best for you! Get your tickets at the Phantoms office inside the Glens Falls Civic Center, online at, or by calling the Phantoms at 518-480-3355.

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