Saturday, October 13, 2012

Opening Night 10/13

One of the great hockey traditions is the opening night player introductions, where a team's players are introduced to the fans one-by-one. I thought it only made sense for us to do something similar on the blog here, so let's get at it. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome your 2012-13 Adirondack Phantoms.

(You're supposed to read that in Dan Miner's voice. Did you? If not, go back and do it again.)

#15 -- Andrew Johnston (LW)
Height: 6-1 Weight: 178
Date of Birth: July 6, 1991 (Age 21)
Hometown: Saskatoon, Sask.
Last Team: Humboldt Broncos (SJHL)
Years Pro: Rookie
Bio: Johnston had signed to play college hockey at Union, but backed out to sign an NHL deal with Philadelphia after scoring 10 goals and four assists in 14 playoff games for Anavet Cup champion Broncos. Those were additions to his regular season totals of 29 goals and 52 assists in 58 games.

#23 -- Ben Holmstrom (F)
Height: 6-1 Weight: 171
Date of Birth: April 9, 1987 (Age 25)
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Last Team: Adirondack, Philadelphia (NHL)
Years Pro: Third season
Bio: Holmstrom was named the youngest Phantoms captain in franchise history last season, was third on the team with 41 points in 67 games, and led the team in penalty minutes with 134. Holmstrom, third on Adirondack's all-time games played list with 159, will retain the captaincy this season.

#28 -- Brandon Manning (D)
Height: 6-1 Weight: 195
Date of Birth: June 4, 1990 (Age 22)
Hometown: Prince George, B.C.
Last Team: Adirondack, Philadelphia (NHL)
Years Pro: Second season
Bio: An all-around defender, Manning missed the first two months of his rookie season while rehabbing a hip injury, but finished the season with 19 points in 46 games. Nine of those points came in his final 12 games, after he spent a brief four-game NHL stint with Philadelphia.

#10 -- Brayden Schenn (C)
Height: 6-1 Weight: 190
Date of Birth: Aug. 22, 1991 (Age 21)
Hometown: Saskatoon, Sask.
Last Team: Adirondack, Philadelphia (NHL)
Years Pro: Second season
Bio: The crown jewel of the trade that sent Mike Richards to Los Angeles, Schenn tore it up a brief stint with Adirondack, netting 12 points in seven games. He logged 54 NHL games with the Flyers and scored his first NHL goal during last season's Winter Classic at Citizens' Bank Park.

#35 -- Cal Heeter (G)
Height: 6-4 Weight: 185
Date of Birth: Nov. 2, 1988 (Age 23)
Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
Last Team: Ohio State (CCHA)
Years Pro: Rookie
Bio: Free-agent acquisition finished four-year career at Ohio State with 39-36-11 record, posting 2.58 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in 94 games. The Buckeyes' MVP during his junior year, Heeter beat out Philadelphia prospect Niko Hovinen for an AHL job.

#20 -- Cullen Eddy (D)
Height: 6-0 Weight: 195
Date of Birth: Nov. 19, 1988 (Age 24)
Hometown: Hidden Valley, Pa.
Last Team: Adirondack, Philadelphia (NHL), Greenville (ECHL)
Years Pro: Third season
Bio: Pyshical defenseman led Adirondack with nine fighting majors last season despite appearing in only 54 games. He wrapped up four-year career at Mercyhurst by signing with ECHL Cincinnati in the spring of 2010, just in time to help the team capture the Kelly Cup.

#5 -- Danny Syvret (D)
Height: 5-11 Weight: 203
Date of Birth: June 13, 1985 (Age 27)
Hometown: Millgrove, Ontario
Last Team: Peoria (AHL)
Years Pro: Eighth season
Bio: Former AHL All-Star returns to Flyers organization for third tour of duty after recording 42 points in 75 games for Peoria one year ago. The veteran has played 463 professional games over seven seasons, including 407 in the AHL, and leads all Phantoms players in both categories.

#22 -- Eric Wellwood (LW)
Height: 5-11 Weight: 179
Date of Birth: March 6, 1990 (Age 22)
Hometown: Windsor, Ontario
Last Team: Adirondack, Philadelphia (NHL)
Years Pro: Third season
Bio: A two-time Memorial Cup champion with his hometown Windsor Spitfires, Wellwood split last season between the AHL and NHL, combining for 30 points in 57 games. His older brother, Kyle, has scored 86 goals in 450 career NHL games.

#36 -- Erik Gustafsson (D)
Height: 5-10 Weight: 180
Date of Birth: Dec. 15, 1988 (Age 23)
Hometown: Kvissleby, Sweden
Last Team: Adirondack, Philadelphia (NHL)
Years Pro: Third season
Bio: Puck-moving defenseman led all AHL rookies with 44 assists during rookie season in 2010-11 and was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team and the AHL's All-Rookie team. He split last season between Adirondack (17 games) and Philadelphia (30 games).

#27 -- Garrett Roe (C)
Height: 5-9 Weight: 180
Date of Birth: Feb. 22, 1988 (Age 24)
Hometown: Vienna, Va.
Last Team: Adirondack
Years Pro: Second season
Bio: Invited to last year's Phantoms camp after a four-year career at St. Cloud State, Roe finished the season ranked second among Phantoms rookies and fourth on the team after posting 40 points in 72 games. Roe scored 36 or more points in each season at St. Cloud, finishing with 65 goals and 113 assists.

#24 Harry Zolnierczyk (LW)
Height: 5-11 Weight: 180
Date of Birth: Sept. 1, 1987 (Age 25)
Hometown: Toronto, Ont.
Last Team: Adirondack, Philadelphia (NHL)
Years Pro: Second season
Bio: Former Brown Bears captain was named Ivy League Player of the Year during his senior season before turning pro with Adirondack at the end of 2010-11. Split last season with Phantoms and Flyers, finishing with 21 points in 39 AHL games. His first NHL goal was featured on SportsCenter's Top 10.

#42 -- Jeff Dimmen (D)
Height: 6-0 Weight: 195
Date of Birth: Aug. 28, 1986 (Age 26)
Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colo.
Last Team: Norfolk (AHL)
Years Pro: Second season
Bio: The lone training-camp tryout to make the Phantoms, Dimmen spent last season with Norfolk Admirals, which won an AHL-record 28 straight regular season games en route to a Calder Cup. Recorded three goals and 14 assists in 64 games with the Admirals. Has 13 career AHL playoff games to his name.

#3 -- Marc-Andre Bourdon (D)
Height: 6-0 Weight: 206
Date of Birth: Sept. 17, 1989 (Age 23)
Hometown: St. Hyacinthe, Quebec
Last Team: Adirondack, Philadelphia (NHL)
Years Pro: Fourth season
Bio: Two-way defender appeared in 45 games with Philadelphia last season and scored seven points. His first-career NHL call-up came approximately eight months after he was sent to the ECHL after an injury. He ranks No. 7 all-time in Adirondack's games played (125) and penalty minutes (168) lists.

#25 -- Matthew Ford (RW)
Height: 6-1 Weight: 207
Date of Birth: Oct. 9, 1984 (Age 28)
Hometown: West Hills, Calif.
Last Team: Hershey (AHL), Adirondack
Years Pro: Fifth season
Bio: Acquired in a trade that sent Kevin Marshall to Hershey, Ford scored 19 goals and 31 points with Adirondack last season. Those gave him a career-high 29 AHL goals during last season, nine of which were game-winners, and finished No. 11 on the list of AHL's top goal scorers.

#57 -- Matt Mangene (F)
Height: 5-11 Weight: 190
Date of Birth: March 12, 1989 (Age 23)
Hometown: Manorville, N.Y.
Last Team: Maine (H-East), Adirondack
Years Pro: Rookie
Bio: A University of Maine product, Mangene signed entry-level deal with Philadelphia at the end of his junior season and played in five AHL games with the Phantoms. Scored 34 points in 40 games with Maine last season. Wears No. 57 for his grandfather, a former Boston College running back.

#8 -- Mike Testwuide (F)
Height: 6-3 Weight: 210
Date of Birth: Feb. 5, 1987 (Age 25)
Hometown: Vail, Colo.
Last Team: Adirondack
Years Pro: Third season
Bio: Colorado College product has appeared in 142 games with Adirondack over the past two seasons, recording 68 points and 141 penalty minutes. Led all Phantoms rookies with 18 goals in 2010-11, including 16 in the team's final 48 games. Finished sixth on the Phantoms with 29 points last season.

#7 -- Oliver Lauridsen (D)
Height: 6-6 Weight: 220
Date of Birth: March 24, 1989 (Age 23)
Hometown: Gentofte, Denmark
Last Team: Adirondack (AHL)
Years Pro: Second season
Bio: A teammate of Garrett Roe's at St. Cloud State, Lauridsen finished with seven points and 45 penalty minutes in 65 games with Adirondack during his rookie season last year. Played in two games with Phantoms at end of 2010-11 and his first professional fight came against now-teammate Zack FitzGerald.

#9 -- Rob Bordson (F)
Height: 6-2 Weight: 190
Date of Birth: June 9, 1988 (Age 24)
Hometown: Duluth, Minn.
Last Team: Trenton (ECHL), Rochester (AHL), Adirondack
Years Pro: Third season
Bio: Bordson began 2011-12 on an ECHL contract, but latched on with Phantoms in February and finished the year with seven points in 24 AHL games. Also appeared in 61 consecutive games with Adirondack during 2010-11 season after coming over in trade from Anaheim organization.

#33 -- Scott Munroe (G)
Height: 6-2 Weight: 210
Date of Birth: Jan. 20, 1982
Hometown: Moose Jaw, Sask.
Last Team: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL)
Years Pro: Seventh season
Bio: Considered the wily veteran of a young Phantoms team, Munroe has 102 wins and 18 shutouts in his AHL career. Most came with the Philadelphia Phantoms, for which he appeared in 134 games over parts of four seasons. He went 19-10-3 with five shutouts for AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year.

#14 -- Sean Couturier (C)
Height: 6-4 Weight: 191
Date of Birth: Dec. 7, 1992 (Age 19)
Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
Last Team: Philadelphia (NHL)
Years Pro: Second season
Bio: The No. 8 pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, Couturier scored 27 points in 77 games for Philadelphia last season. He comes to Glens Falls because of the NHL lockout, but it's not his first time in the city. His father, Sylvain, skated for the Adirondack Red Wings in 1992-93, months after Couturier was born.

#11 -- Shane Harper (RW)
Height: 5-11 Weight: 193
Date of Birth: Feb. 1, 1989 (Age 23)
Hometown: Valencia, Calif.
Last Team: Adirondack (AHL)
Years Pro: Third season
Bio: A free-agent acquisition, Harper finished 2011-12, his first full season with Adirondack, with 13 goals and 27 points, none of them bigger than the overtime game-winner in the Jan. 6 Outdoor Classic at Citizens' Bank Park in front of an AHL-record 45,653 fans.

#16 -- Tye McGinn (LW)
Height: 6-2 Weight: 195
Date of Birth: July 29, 1990 (Age 22)
Hometown: Fergus, Ont.
Last Team: Adirondack (AHL)
Years Pro: Second season
Bio: A 31-goal scorer in his final season in junior hockey, the power forward prospect recorded 12 goals and 18 points for Adirondack in his rookie season last year. His older brother, Jamie, is a forward for the NHL's San Jose Sharks. His younger brother, Brock, was a second-round pick for Carolina in June.

#18 -- Tyler Brown (C)
Height: 6-2 Weight: 184
Date of Birth: Feb. 7, 1990 (Age 22)
Hometown: Wasaga Beach, Ont.
Last Team: Adirondack (AHL)
Years Pro: Second season
Bio: Primarily used as a bottom-six checking forward last season, Brown finished with 17 points in 71 AHL games. He ended one of the longest shooutouts in league history with a goal in the 12th round of Adirondack's Dec. 30 victory over Portland last year.

#26 -- Zac Rinaldo (LW)
Height: 5-10 Weight: 180
Date of Birth: June 15, 1990 (Age 22)
Hometown: Hamilton, Ont.
Last Team: Philadelphia (NHL), Adirondack
Years Pro: Third season
Bio: In his first season of professional hockey, Rinaldo finished second in the AHL with 331 penalty minutes during the 2010-11 season. He graduated to Philadelphia last year and picked up 232 penalty minutes in 66 NHL games, more than double the total of the next nearest rookie.

#13 -- Zack FitzGerald (D)
Height: 6-1 Weight: 214
Date of Birth: June 16, 1985 (Age 27)
Hometown: Two Harbors, Minn.
Last Team: Hamilton (AHL)
Years Pro: Eighth season

Bio: Tough defenseman has picked up more than 200 penalty minutes in each of the past four seasons, including a league-leading 311 with Albany during 2009-10. He's dropped the gloves with current Phantoms Mike Testwuide, Oliver Lauridsen and Tye McGinn.


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