Phantoms: Camp Begins, Roster Starts to Take Shape

Phantoms training camp starts today, as Phantoms and Royals take the ice for their first AHL practice of the 2019-2020 hockey season–the sixth in the Lehigh Valley.

Yesterday, the following players cleared waivers from NHL camp, and were assigned to the Phantoms:

G Alex Lyon

D Reece Willcox

D TJ Brennan

D Tyler Wotherspoon

D Nate Prosser

C Kyle Criscuolo

They’ll join Flyers’ youngsters who were assigned to the Phantoms a few days ago:

LW Isaac Ratcliffe

F Gerry Fitzgerald

D David Drake

RW Maxsim Sushko

D Josh Couturier

LW Matthew Strome

D Rob Michel

C Cal O’Reilly

RW David Kaše

LW Greg Carey

F Pascal Labedrge

G Kirill Ustimenko

Today, we learned of PTO players–likely destined for the Royals–who will also join them.  Here’s the press release:

Lehigh Valley, Pa. – TThe Lehigh Valley Phantoms, proud AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, have announced today that they have signed Jeremy Beaudry, Josh Couturier, Trevor Gooch, Nick Master, Brett Supinski, and Trevor Yates, to professional try-outs ahead of training camp.
Beaudry, 25, is signed to an ECHL contract for the 2019-20 season with the Reading Royals. The 5-foot-10 defenseman played 51 games for the Wichita Thunder last season, posting six goals and 18 assists for 24 points and 30 penalty minutes. He appeared in one AHL game for the Bakersfield Condors. A native of Montmagny, Quebec, Beaudry has played 139 pro games for the Brampton Beast, Wichita Thunder, and Bakersfield Condors.
Couturier, 24, is signed to an ECHL contract for the 2019-20 season with the Maine Mariners. Couturier played 19 games at the end of last season for Maine after being traded from the Wheeling Nailers. He notched two goals in eight assists for 10 points with Maine and two points with a goal and an assist in 32 games for Wheeling. The 6-foot-2 defenseman is from Newbury, Massachusetts and played two seasons of college hockey, one at Boston College before transferring to UMass-Amherst for a year.
Gooch, 25, is a native of Mantua, New Jersey and signed an ECHL contract for his rookie season with the Reading Royals for 2019-20. Gooch appeared in three games for the Royals at the end of last season after completing a four-year career at Colorado College. The 6-foot-1 forward played youth hockey for the Philadelphia Flyers Junior Elite Team in the USPHL.
Master, 24, is a native of Broomall, Pennsylvania and is signed to an ECHL contract for 2019-20 with the Maine Mariners after playing eight games with the Mariners at the end of last season, notching three goals and four assists for seven points. Master played four years at UMass-Lowell and won the Hockey East Championship in 2016-17. The 5-foot-11 forward grew up playing for the Philadelphia Junior Flyers and won the MVP of the Flyers Cup in high school.
Supinski, 24, is a native of Collegeville, Pennsylvania and is signed to an ECHL contract for the 2019-20 season with the Maine Mariners. The 6-foot forward played two games in the AHL for the Ontario Reign at the end of last season after a four-year career at Union College. Supinski played his youth hockey for the Valley Forge Minutemen and the Philadelphia Junior Flyers.
Yates, 24, played six AHL games during the 2018-19 season, playing two games with the Grand Rapids Griffins and four with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He also played 42 games in the ECHL, spending time with the Toledo Walleye and Wheeling Nailers. A native of Kassel, Germany, Yates played four seasons at Cornell University before turning pro. He is currently signed to an ECHL contract with the Reading Royals.


Here’s the schedule and other training camp details:

Lehigh Valley, Pa. – The Lehigh Valley Phantoms have announced the schedule and initial roster for their 2019-20 Training Camp presented by Provident Bank, which will kick-off today at PPL Center.  The Phantoms will begin practices at 10:30 this morning and play three exhibition games, including two at home against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Sunday at 3:05 and the Hershey Bears on Monday at 7:05.

Phantoms Training Camp Schedule:

Monday, Sept. 23
10:30 a.m.                Practice                PPL Center
Tuesday, Sept. 24
10:30 a.m.                Practice                PPL Center
Wednesday, Sept. 25
7:05 p.m.                  Game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton     Mohegan Sun Arena
Thursday, Sept. 26
10:30 a.m.                Practice                PPL Center
Friday, Sept. 27
10:30 a.m.                Practice                PPL Center
Saturday, Sept. 28
10:30 a.m.                Practice                PPL Center (Open to Season Ticket Holders)
Sunday, Sept. 29
3:05 p.m.                 Game vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton     PPL Center
Monday, Sept. 30
7:05 p.m.                Game vs. Hershey     PPL Center

*All dates and times subject to change


Phantoms Training Camp Roster: 


Forwards (14):
Greg Carey
Kyle Criscuolo
Gerry Fitzgerald
Trevor Gooch
David Kase
Pascal Laberge
Nick Master
Cal O’Reilly
Isaac Ratfliffe
Matthew Strome
Brett Supinski
Maksim Sushko
Steven Swavely
Trevor Yates
Defenseman (10):
Jeremy Beaudry
T.J. Brennan
Josh Couturier
James De Haas
David Drake
Eric Knodel
Rob Michel
Nate Prosser
Reece Willcox
Tyler Wotherspoon
Goaltenders (4):
J.F. Berube
Alex Lyon
Felix Sandstrom
Kirill Ustimenko

Players will be added to the training camp roster as the Flyers reassign individuals to the AHL

The Phantoms regular season will get started on October 5, 2019 at PPL Center against the Providence Bruins. Season ticket packages are available now and come in a wide variety of options including full-season, 21-game and 13-game plans that all have amazing benefits. For more information about season tickets or group tickets or to purchase visit
Here’s a printable (or view-able on your phone) PDF version of the initial roster, as camp opens (includes numbers, ages, and where they played last season):

As you can see above, Saturday is the open practice, which usually includes some autographs and a talk with Coach Gordon.  I think it’s kinda cool, but unfortunately I have another obligation Saturday.  I’m not making the trip to Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday, so really looking to get back to that hockey on Sunday at the PPL Center.

As we hit publish, it appears goalie J-F Berube has passed through waivers and will also be assigned to the Phantoms.  He and Lyon likely become the Phantoms duo, while the youngsters Sandstrom and Ustimenko head to Reading.  But, the future is unwritten–it’s something to watch.


Let’s do that hockey,


Categories: Kram's Korner - From the Club Level, Phantoms Hockey

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