2017-18 AHL Western Conference Team Lists - Central Division

Friday, June 23, 2017
Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Westward Bound!

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

It's that time of the year! With the expansion draft, the NHL Entry Draft and restricted free agent deadline rapidly approaching it won't be too long before the start of free agency.

Here at Highland Park Hockey (and soon transitioning to a brand new AHL website!), we aim to be the source for all AHL-related off-season news/notes/transactions throughout the summer.

Back again this summer is our team-by-team lists, now broken down by division for a clearer look at each of the 30 AHL clubs - their free agents (both NHL and AHL, RFA/UFA) and more.

As soon as all four divisions' team lists are published online, I'll add links to the others below.
2017-18 Atlantic Division Team Lists
2017-18 North Division Team Lists
2017-18 Pacific Division Team Lists

After the jump, fans of Central Division teams - Chicago, Cleveland, Grand Rapids, Iowa Manitoba, Milwaukee and Rockford - can take a look at how their favorite team is shaping up for the 2017-18 season prior to the start of free agency on July 1st.

The Central Division is not only home to the defending Calder Cup Champions - the Grand Rapids Griffins - but also to the new Vegas Golden Knights AHL affiliate which will be the Chicago Wolves in 2017-18 and beyond!

2017-18 AHL Team Lists - North Division

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Binghamton Senators goaltender Matt O'Connor, a pending restricted free agent, is not expected to receive an offer from Ottawa. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Our AHL Team-by-Team Lists Continue!

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

It's that time of the year! With the expansion draft, the NHL Entry Draft and restricted free agent deadline rapidly approaching it won't be too long before the start of free agency.

Here at Highland Park Hockey (and soon transitioning to a brand new AHL website!), we aim to be the source for all AHL-related off-season news/notes/transactions throughout the summer.

Back again this summer is our team-by-team lists, now broken down by division for a clearer look at each of the 30 AHL clubs - their free agents (both NHL and AHL, RFA/UFA) and more.

As soon as all four divisions' team lists are published online, I'll add links to the others below.

2017-18 Atlantic Division Team Lists
2017-18 Central Division Team Lists
2017-18 Pacific Division Team Lists
After the jump, fans of North Division teams - Binghamton, Belleville, Laval, Rochester, Syracuse, Toronto and Utica - can take a look at how their favorite team is shaping up for the 2017-18 season prior to the start of free agency on July 1st.

Swavely Re-Signs AHL Contract With Phantoms

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Steven Swavely sticks with the Phantoms organization for 2017-18. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
Reading, Pa. native returns 'home' to Lehigh Valley

Editor's Note: Since Highland Park Hockey's website is going to be transitioning to a subscription-based site over the course of this summer, from now on I will note which articles will be considered premium content (for paid subscribers only at $3/month) in the future once the new site is launched.

This story, and all 'first-reports' & 'breaking news' type stories will be part of our free content! We want you coming here to keep ahead of the game when it comes to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and AHL hockey news/coverage.

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

According to those close to the situation, Highland Park Hockey has learned that forward Steven Swavely has re-upped with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on another American Hockey League (AHL) contract for the 2017-18 season.

It will mark the beginning of his second full season of hockey at the professional level.

Although the organization's depth at the forward position relegated Swavely to mainly ECHL duty in 2016-17 with the Reading Royals, the former Maine University standout known for his defensive game and strong play in the face-off dot really broke out offensively with the Phantoms' ECHL affiliate this past season to the tune of 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists) in 40 games.

2017-18 AHL Team Lists - Atlantic Division

Both the Penguins and Phantoms hope to rebuild their roster and remain atop the Atlantic Division in 2017-18. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey.
Our AHL Team-by-Team Lists are Back!

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

It's that time of the year! With the expansion draft, the NHL Entry Draft and the restricted free agent deadline rapidly approaching it won't be too long before the start of free agency.

Here at Highland Park Hockey (and soon transitioning to a brand new AHL website!), we aim to be the source for all AHL-related off-season news/notes/transactions throughout the summer.

Back again this summer is our team-by-team lists, now broken down by division for a clearer look at each of the 30 AHL clubs and their free agents (both NHL and AHL, RFA/UFA etc.)

As soon as all four divisions' team lists are published online, I'll add links to the others below.
North Division Team Lists
Central Division Team Lists
Pacific Division Team Lists
After the jump, fans of Atlantic Division teams - Bridgeport, Charlotte, Hartford, Hershey, Lehigh Valley, Providence, Springfield and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton - can take a look at how their favorite team is shaping up for the 2017-18 season prior to the start of free agency on July 1st.

Flyers, Phantoms to Announce NHL Preseason Game at PPL Center?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The PPL Center to host Philadelphia Flyers NHL Preseason contest this fall. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey.
Phantoms' home rink to host Flyers vs. Islanders on Sept. 20

Editor's Note: Since Highland Park Hockey's website is going to be transitioning to a subscription-based site over the course of this summer, from now on I will note which articles will be considered premium content in the future once the new site is launched.

This story, and all 'first-reports' & 'breaking news' type stories will be part of our free content! We want you coming here to keep ahead of the game when it comes to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and AHL hockey news/coverage.

Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

ALLENTOWN - In a joint press conference at the PPL Center in downtown Allentown, Pa on Wednesday, the Philadelphia Flyers and Lehigh Valley Phantoms announced that the Phantoms' home rink will once again be hosting an NHL preseason game on Wednesday, September 20th when the Flyers host the New York Islanders.

"Working with the Flyers, we've had first round draft picks, second round draft picks, third round - all the way," Phantoms' co-owner Jim Brooks said during the press conference. "All our developing prospects come to Lehigh Valley and play in front of us every night, but more than that - they live in our communities. They're shopping in the same stores, banking in the same banks. That's something special for us."

In just the three seasons in the Lehigh Valley, the fans have seen 19 Phantoms' players move up to the NHL with the Flyers.

In addition to the Brooks brothers, Rob and Jim, Flyers president Paul Holmgren and Gunnar Fox, General Manager, Spectra Venue Management at PPL Center, were in attendance and spoke briefly about hosting the event this fall.

EDIT: This first-report was confirmed at the press conference inside of PPL Center at 11 a.m. ET. Tickets for the event will go on sale to the general public on Friday. Phantoms' season ticket holders will get an exclusive pre-sale to secure their tickets beginning today. Phantoms' PR director Dan Fremuth commented that the communication to season ticket holders would be made shortly following this morning's presser.