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Phantoms News & Notes:
2004-05 Schedule Format Released
Wednesday, July 14, 2004
By Al Cohen
The Phantoms will face a league-high 19 different teams during the 2004-05 season, including 52 of their 80 games against fellow East Division foes. Philadelphia will take on the rival Hershey Bears the most (12 games), followed by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Norfolk (10 games apiece), Bridgeport (8 games) and Albany and Binghamton (6 games apiece).
Two games are scheduled against each of the seven teams in the Atlantic Division, along with non-conference match-ups vs. Hamilton, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee and Toronto. Teams not on the Phantoms schedule for the second year in a row include Cleveland, Manitoba, Rochester, St. John's, Chicago, Houston, San Antonio and Utah.
The entire 2004-05 schedule is expected to be announced later this month.
FLYERS SIGN FIRST-EVER PHILADELPHIA NATIVE
As a senior in 2003-04, the 5-8 Voce was named team MVP for the second time in his career after leading the Eagles in points (47), goals (29), power-play goals (12) and shots (178). He also ranked second in the nation in goals and received All-Hockey East First Team and AHCA First Team All-American honors.
Last summer, defenseman James Laux (Cherry Hill) became the first person from South Jersey to sign with the organization. Defenseman Mark Eaton, who played with the Phantoms from 1998-2000, was from Wilmington, Del.
MELOCHE ALSO SIGNS
A seventh-round selection in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Penguins, Meloche starred at Ohio State University from 1996-2000 before splitting the last four seasons between Wilkes-Barre and Pittsburgh.
DESCHENES & ABEL TO READ AT BELLMAWR LIBRARY
DAFFIN NAMED MARKETING DIRECTOR; BLOOM & HANSEN PROMOTED
The Phantoms also promoted Ned Bloom to assistant director of sales and Erik Hansen to senior account executive. Bloom joined the Phantoms in August 2002 as an account executive and was most recently the group & themed sales manager. Hansen was hired as an account executive in September 2002.
PHANTOMS RECEIVE OVER 350 COLORING CONTEST ENTRIES
In addition to having their drawings or paintings printed in the season ticket books, each of the 40 winners and their families will receive tickets to the Phantoms game that his/her artwork is used. In addition, the winner's artwork will be displayed on the concourse that night, and the winner will have the opportunity to ride the Zamboni during an intermission at the game.
Winners will be notified within the next few weeks.
PHANTOMS ICE HOCKEY CAMPS APPROACHING
The dates of the camps are Aug. 2-6 at the Polonia Bank Flyers Skate Zone in Northeast Philadelphia, and Aug. 16-20 at the Sovereign Bank Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J. Log on to www.phantomshockey.com to see a camp brochure.
2004-05 SEASON TICKET DEPOSITS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
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