VandeVelde Signed by Flyers, McGinn Returns to Phantoms
The Philadelphia Flyers have announced they have signed Phantoms forward Chris VandeVelde to a one-year contract and have also loaned left-wing Tye McGinn to the Adirondack Phantoms, according to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. VandeVelde is available for Philadelphia's game on Thursday night against Montreal and will wear #76.
Chris VandeVelde (pronounced VAN-duh-vell-dee), 26 (3/15/1987), signed an American Hockey League contract with the Adirondack Phantoms this past summer and has appeared in 23 games for the club this season scoring 7-6-13. The 6'2", 190-pounder with a lefty shot is currently the leading goal scorer on the Phantoms with his most recent strike coming at the end of Friday night's 3-0 victory over Hartford when he scored an empty-netter.
VandeVelde came to the Flyers organization after spending three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers and their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. VandeVelde has appeared in 28 career NHL games, all with Edmonton, scoring 1-2-3. Last year he appeared in 11 games with the Oilers. He made his NHL debut on March 17, 2011 for Edmonton against Phoenix and the following season scored his first career NHL goal on March 25, 2012 for Edmonton at Columbus against current Flyers goaltender Steve Mason.
He played 192 games over three seasons with the Oklahoma City Barons scoring 26-33-59 while helping the Barons to the Western Conference Finals in two consecutive seasons.
VandeVelde was a four-year regular at the University of North Dakota from 2006-10 playing 166 games in his collegiate career scoring 52-65-117. He was named UND Male Athlete of the Year his senior season, 2009-10. He was a fourth-round selection of the Edmonton Oilers in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft out of his juniors team in Lincoln, Neb.
Tye McGinn returns to the Phantoms following his third Flyers call-up his season. McGinn joined the Flyers this past Monday and appeared in no games for Philadelphia this week. The 23-year-old has played in six games for Philadelphia this season scoring 3-0-3 and has 24 career NHL games scoring 6-2-8.
With the Phantoms, McGinn has played in 127 career games scoring 31-20-51 with 115 PIM. In the 2013-14 season, McGinn has played in 18 games for Adirondack scoring 5-2-7 with 18 PIM. His most recent goal was Friday night when he opened the scoring against the Hartford Wolf Pack just over three minutes into the game as the team was on its way to a 3-0 victory. The Fergus, Ontario native is the younger brother of Jamie McGinn of the Colorado Avalanche and is the older brother of Brock McGinn who was a second-round selection of Carolina in 2012 and is currently one of the top scorers in the Ontario Hockey League with the Guelph Storm.
The Adirondack Phantoms carry a two-game win streak into their next game at the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday night. The Phantoms return to the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday night hosting the Eastern Conference leading Manchester (NH) Monarchs, AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings. Saturday night's game features a postgame open skate for the fans with all of the Phantoms players. Call the Phantoms for tickets in advance to save: 518-480-3355.
Friday, December 13 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Hartford Wolf Pack
Saturday, December 14 (7:00) - Manchester Monarchs at Adirondack Phantoms
Postgame Open-Skate with all the Phantoms players. Must bring your own skates to participate
Friday, December 20 (7:30) - Adirondack Phantoms at Norfolk Admirals
Saturday, December 21 (7:15) - Adirondack Phantoms at Norfolk Admirals
Thursday, December 26 (7:00) - Adirondack Phantoms at Springfield Falcons
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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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