Happy Thanksgiving to our Phantoms Youth Family! Good luck to all who are playing in tournaments this weekend.
On November 21st the U18 team took to the ice to help out the organizations youngest hockey players, the Phantoms Youth Cross Ice Mite Team. The U18’s worked with their mite “buddy” on passing, shooting, and relay races. At the end of practice both the U18 and Mites scrimmaged each other. Mite Coach Jamie Rieder said “The mite team was really focused and had a great time playing with their Midget partner”. The U18 team plans to come out and assist with one more practice this season.
Lehigh Valley Phantoms Coach and former Flyer Riley Cote is holding his High Performance Hockey “Playing without the Puck” Clinic on Wednesday, December 30th, at Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink.
The main focus of this clinic will be to teach Phantoms Youth Players:
- Body Position
- Stick Position
- Playing without the Puck
- Proper Angles
While puck skills are extremely important in player development, so is playing without the puck or the skill of checking. The ability to use the proper speed, body/stick position and angles to help your team recover possession of the puck.
The clinic is exclusively for Lehigh Valley Phantoms Youth players who are 2nd year Pee Wee’s, Bantams, and 1st year Midget 16’s.
Send your completed registration form to Larry Fortunato via email.
From Trevor Herrick of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms:
Because of our partnership with the Phantoms Youth, and the fact that many kids that play Hockey also play Lacrosse, I wanted to offer discounted tickets to the Phantoms Youth for the game on December 19th between the former Philadelphia Wings, the New England Black Wolves, and the Buffalo Bandits.
The Phantoms are able to provide a discount to the Phantoms Youth. Discounted tickets start as low as $14.00 and they can be purchased by calling myself at 484-273-4552. I am more than happy to help everyone that is interested get tickets. Thank you!
It is time for mid-season evaluations of coaches for your child’s team. This information will help us ensure that our coaches are continually improving and will be valuable in helping us determine our coaching methods and selections.
This survey is for Tier 2 boys only and is not open for Tier 1 or Girls at this point in time.
The information you provide will be held in strict confidence. We ask that you please refrain from personal attacks and referencing isolated situations. We are interested in constructive feedback and determining the direction that coaching should take in the future in the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Youth.
All information you provide is submitted anonymously and will be held in strict confidence. For this form, we use an outside service, SureveyGizmo, which does not collect any type of identifying information such as email addresses, Geodata, and IP addresses.
Deadline for submitting your evaluation is November 30, 2015. Thank you from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Youth!
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Our latest Try Hockey for Free Day took place on Saturday, November 7. This is a terrific event that USA Hockey helps to sponsor twice per year to introduce new kids to hockey in hundreds of rinks across the nation. The participants had a great time out on the ice with our coaches and players who assisted them with skating and learning a few hockey skills! A huge thank you to the players from Bantam A and Midget 16AA who assisted with this event. They were exceptional. The coaches who led the on-ice drills were Dan Withrow, Adam Dratch, Scott Gilligan, Guy Laurin, Brendon McMahon, Michael Prince and Chris Smedley. Eric Progen also assisted with the hockey plans prior to the event. Thanks to several parents who helped out, including Sandy Boyer and Sharon Thierry, who assisted with check-in. The Steel Ice Center generously donated the ice and skate rentals. Thanks to the AHL Phantoms, who donated hats for the goody bags. We always look forward to this event and the next one is planned for February 20!
– Karen Trackim, New Player Coordinator
Great weekend for our Bantam A team. After 2 home victories to put them in first place, the team collected and delivered over 100 boxes of diapers to the Valley Youth House in Bethlehem. The team would like to thank the Phantoms Youth family for their generosity and support this weekend.
Before the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Youth Bantam A team hit the ice this season, Coach Dan Withrow wanted his team to not only give 100% on every shift, but to care about the community they live in. The Bantam A team has partnered with the Valley Youth House and will be conducting a diaper drive on the weekend of November 7-8, at the Steel Ice Center in Bethlehem, PA.
Over 40 years ago, Valley Youth House began as a single shelter in Bethlehem. Valley Youth House was open day and night; ensuring the vulnerable, abused and homeless young people in the community had access to shelter and counseling. That same dedication still drives Valley Youth House today, as the organization has grown from that first shelter in the Valley to over 100 residential facilities. Though the reach and programming have vastly expanded to include skills training, health, prevention, and intervention services, the mission remains the same: Valley Youth House empowers and strengthens the lives of children, youth and families through inclusive programming that builds resilience and fosters growth and independence.
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms Youth Bantam A Diaper Drive will assist homeless young women and their babies in Valley Youth House independent living programs. Christina Schoemaker, Vice President for Development and Marketing at Valley Youth House appreciates the generosity of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms Youth teams, “Thank you for your help in ensuring that all youth get the support they need to become healthy, productive and responsible members of the community.”
Coach Withrow is very proud of his team of young men that found a local organization that can benefit immediately from the team’s efforts. “At the end of the day, the boys need to understand the greater good they can do for their community.”
The Lehigh Valley Phantoms Youth is proud and pleased to announce that we will be hosting our 2nd annual alumni game on 12/28/15 at the Steel Ice Center from 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM. All former players from the Comets, Thunder, Flames, Blast or Phantoms Youth that either graduated out or went on to play AAA, JR or Prep are welcomed back to catch up and relive the glory days. Only 18 years of age older allowed. Click here to learn more and sign up.
Event Sponsored by Recruit U Hockey
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Midget 16A Orange had a successful Can/Am tournament in Lake Placid. The tournament which began with Colby Webster lighting the Olympic Torch to start the games. With only 9 skaters they scored 12 goals (with 2 sets of hat tricks). Even with the short bench and tough games, the penalties were few and far between and Orange won the Fair Play award.
Topping off the weekend was our player Jojo Eckstein winning $1000 Can/Am college scholarship for his essay.
Phantoms Youth Bantam B was lucky to see the Lehigh Valley Phantoms AHL team hard at work as they finished up an early practice in Whitehall before the B team hit the ice. The tempo, intensity, and skill of these players was awe-inspiring. Many players stopped to talk to our Youth players after the practice was over. The Phantoms have two preseason games at the PPL Center this weekend. Their home opener is October 10th.