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Our Second Exciting Season of Special Evenings at the PPL Center!

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Due to our partnership with the LV Phantoms, we are able to offer our families tickets to specially designated Phantoms Games at a discounted price of only $16. This is a great opportunity to come out and have a great time with your family and hockey friends as well! The games available are:

  • Friday, November 6th 7:00 pm versus Hershey Bears! (Deadline to order and pay is October 6th)
  • Friday, January 8th 7:00 pm versus Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins! (Deadline to order and pay is December 8th)
  • Friday, Feb 26th vs Hartford Wolfpack 7:00 pm! (Deadline to order and pay is Jan 26th.) At this game we will recognize and celebrate our LV Phantoms Youth Senior Hockey Players.

To get the discounted price, you must order your tickets here on the Phantoms Youth website. Space is limited, so order your tickets today by clicking here!

 

 

Roster Positions Available at Midget 16A • Girls 14U, 12U, 8U • Squirt • Mite

Click here to contact New Player Coordinator Karen Trackim. Spread the word!

 

— Latest News & Announcements —

Uniforms Are In

Uniforms have come in to the pro shop and a schedule has been worked out for players to come and pick up their orders. We based the schedule on team practices or in some cases, based on need for this weekend. We are suggesting that you plan to arrive at the pro shop 45 minutes prior to your practice time for the day listed below. (There are a few instances below where we are asking players to arrive AFTER practice instead of BEFORE.) If it looks to be too crowded in the time prior to practice, parents are welcome to stop in during the time that the team is on the ice also. Keep in mind that if you have very recently ordered your uniform, it may not be in yet. The order looks like it is about 95% complete, but there are a few incomplete orders that the pro shop is working on, so any missing items should be in within a week.

Below is the schedule with the practice time and suggested arrival time. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation.

Thursday, 8/27

  • Squirt AAA Practice 6:00 Arrive 5:15
  • Squirt A Practice 6:15 Arrive 5:30
  • Midget 16A Orange Practice 8:15 Arrive 7:30
  • Midget 18A Practice 8:45 Arrive 8:00
  • Midget 16AA Practice 8:45 Arrive 8:00
  • Midget 16A Black No practice, but games on weekend. A good time to arrive may be between 6:00 and 7:30.

Saturday, 8/29

  • Cross-Ice Mite 6u Practice 7:00a.m. – Arrive AFTER practice 8:15a.m.
  • Half-Ice Mite 8u Practice 8:15a.m. – Arrive AFTER practice 9:30 a.m.
  • Girls 8u Practice 8:15a.m. – Arrive AFTER practice 9:30 a.m.

Monday, 8/31

  • Squirt B Practice 6:00 Go to Pro Shop AFTER practice at 7:15
  • Pee Wee B Practice 6:00 Arrive 5:15
  • Girls 12u Practice 6:15 Arrive 5:30
  • Girls 14u Practice 6:15 Arrive 5:30
  • Bantam B Practice 7:15 Arrive 6:30
  • Bantam A Practice 7:45 Arrive 7:00

Tuesday, 9/1

  • Mite AAA Practice 6:00 Arrive 5:15
  • Bantam AAA Practice 6:00 Arrive 5:15
  • Pee Wee A Practice 6:45 Arrive 6:00
  • Pee Wee AA Practice 8:00 Arrive 7:15

Wednesday, 9/2

  • Bantam AA Practice 7:30 Arrive 6:45

Mites are Offering Hockey Spirit Calendars

Calendar-MitesLooking for the perfect gift for the hockey fanatic in your life? Check out these beautiful calendars being sold by the Mites! All artwork is unique and can only be found in these one of a kind calendars! Calendar displays dates from October 2015 – December 2016. All artwork can be cut out and framed for the perfect addition to your child’s room or anywhere you need a beautiful piece of art. Place your order today by clicking here.

Olympians Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker at Phantoms Youth Girls Hockey Clinic

olympians2On Friday August 7, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Youth Girls Program hosted Olympians Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker, members of the United States’ Women’s national hockey team. Nearly 50 girls aged 5 to 15 from LVPY and many other area programs, including Junior Flyers, Hatfield Ice Dogs, Quakers, Delco and LV Scholastic participated in the program.

Knight and Decker’s daylong visit was a “mini-camp” version of their program, Olympify Hockey, (www.olympifyhockey.com) which aims to inspire girls to take the next step in developing their game as well as offering unprecedented access to the world-class athletes.

LVPY Girls Coach Lauren Patterson was instrumental in bringing Knight and Decker to the Lehigh Valley. “These women are heroes; it is special to be able to bring in two of the best players,” Patterson said.

olympians1The busy day included a media session, an hour-long Q&A, lunch, two hour-long ice sessions and an autograph session.  The girls were treated to displays of Knight and Decker’s incredible skills, and also learned firsthand about the Olympians’ journey to the pinnacle of the game. Judging by the smiles, the girls had lots of fun, which was especially apparent on the ice.

“All the girls were thrilled to learn from some of the best skaters in girls’ hockey.  It was an awesome experience and I’ll never forget meeting the Olympians and working with them,” said Kelsey Staivecki, LVPY Girls U14/Bantam AA.

Judging by the smiles on the ice and off, Olympify Hockey netted all their goals in the Lehigh Valley.

Note: Since the clinic on August 7th, Knight has committed to play in the newly formed professional women’s league, the NWHL, which kicks off in October; although she has yet to reveal which team she will play for. And if you follow Knight on Twitter, you’re familiar with a recent back and forth with Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars regarding a one-on-one challenge. When I asked Hilary about it, she said “it’s on!”

 

For additional photos, visit https://flic.kr/s/aHski9dxwq

Phantoms Youth Thank Nina Weiss for the story and the photographs.

GoPro Video by Hilary Knight.

— Other Recent News —

Bantam Major Goalies Off to Sweden

sweden2Both Tier 1 Bantam Major goalies Hunter Thomas and Malcolm Roeder were selected for the USA Hockey’s Atlantic District Player Development Program and are traveling to Galve, Sweden to train and compete over the next week.  Good luck to both of our goalies, we know you will represent the United States and the Phantoms Youth well.

(Click photos for full size view.)

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Liberty Mutual Play Positive Pledge

From August 15 through October 15, 2015, take the Liberty Mutual Play Positive Pledge on behalf of the U16 Midget Orange team. Liberty Mutual Insurance created the Play Positive Pledge (“Pledge”) to help promote good sportsmanship in youth sports. The idea: rally parents, coaches, and team supporters to all agree to sign a pledge committing to promote, celebrate, champion and advocate for good sportsmanship in games, practices and in the stands to keep the youth sports experience positive and fun. To help encourage adults to participate, Liberty Mutual is rewarding the top five teams in each division who rally the most number of adult supporters to sign the Pledge (everyone be over the age of 18 to take the Pledge!)

The process is simple – go to https://www.playpositive.com/pledge/takePledge/4256 and take the pledge starting August 15. Spread the word on social media and with friends and family! Help us make this season a memorable one for the players while supporting sportsmanship!

Advertise your company at the Steel Ice Center and support your team at the same time

Tier1-SIC-FlyerThe Tier 1 organization has kicked off a fundraiser selling ad space in the Steel Ice Center in the form of Dasher board ads, banners, and Zamboni ads.  They are also inviting the rest of the organization to participate in the fundraiser.  For every ad your team sells, you will receive half of the proceeds. For the details, click here.

Bantam B Holds Preseason Camp at Steel Ice

 

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The Bantam B team kicked of their first on-ice work as a team August 1st and 2nd with three high intensity practices. Two sessions on Sunday were separated by a huge cookout and a Survivor Challenge, including relay races, flag building, frozen t-shirt challenges, and a rousing round of hillbilly golf. Thank you to the Bantam B parents for all the wonderful food. Thanks also to Luz Marrone for the great photos.

Riley Cote Visits Steel Ice and Runs Body Contact Clinic for Bantams

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms Assistant Coach and former Philadelphia Flyer Riley Cote was the guest coach at Thursday’s Bantam Summer Hockey Session, teaching players from the AA, A and B teams the skills of body contact, angling and positioning. The hour-long session was filled with invaluable information for the Bantam players, many of whom will be playing their first season that includes body checking.

Cote enters his fifth season as Assistant Coach for the Phantoms and spent six seasons with the Flyers and Phantoms as a player from 2004 through 2010.

All next week, Cote will be running his High Performance Hockey Camp at the Steel Ice Center. Click here to find out more.

Jersey Number Requests for New Players

To All New Players to Phantoms Youth!

Any players that did not play with Phantoms Youth last season (2014-2015), will need to request a game jersey number for their uniforms. This process is done through the online uniform order form and is a part of the uniform ordering process. Please utilize this form for making your request to ensure that the number request is received and processed. Number requests that are given by any other means may inadvertently not be processed. Please note: we do our best to accommodate your number choices, but numbers cannot be guaranteed based on availability.

Thank you!


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