The Philadelphia Flyers will begin their 2015 preseason schedule on Monday, September 21 when they host the New York Islanders at PPL Center in Allentown, PA. The contest at the home of the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, will be the first-ever NHL game to be played in the Lehigh Valley.
"The Philadelphia Flyers are very excited to bring the National Hockey League to PPL Center for a preseason game vs. the NY Islanders on September 21," said Flyers President Paul Holmgren. "Phantoms fans and hockey fans throughout the Lehigh Valley are passionate about their hockey and we are thrilled that they have the opportunity to come watch their favorite NHL players, up close and personal."
"This is an incredible way to kick off the second season of hockey here at PPL Center," said Phantoms co-owners Rob and Jim Brooks. "We're thrilled to be affiliated with the Flyers and it is through that special relationship that we're able to host this historic game in the Lehigh Valley."
Tickets for the preseason showdown are available now to Phantoms season ticket holders through an exclusive pre-sale. Full season ticket holders will receive a 10% discount on tickets while partial season ticket holders will receive a 5% discount. Phantoms season tickets for the 2015-16 season are currently available by calling the Phantoms front office at 610-224-GOAL (4625). A presale for Flyers season ticket holders will begin on Tuesday, July 28.
Tickets will be available to the general public beginning on Thursday, July 30th. Tickets will be available online at pplcenter.com, by calling 610-347-TIXX (8499) or in-person at the Mealey's Furniture Box Office at PPL Center (701 Hamilton).
Established in 1996, the Phantoms spent their first 13 seasons at the Spectrum in Philadelphia before re-locating to Glens Falls, New York in 2009, where the team spent the next five seasons as the Adirondack Phantoms.
A new era of Phantoms hockey began in the fall of 2014 when the Lehigh Valley Phantoms began play at the state-of-the-art PPL Center. The franchise’s 19-year history includes two Calder Cup Championships (1998, 2005), two Conference Championships (1998, 2005), two Regular Season Titles (1996-97, 1997-98) and four Division Championships (1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2003-04).
Over those 19 seasons, the Phantoms have helped produce a host of NHL stars including Claude Giroux, Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Jeff Carter, Patrick Sharp, James van Riemsdyk, R.J. Umberger, Mike Richards, Dennis Seidenberg, Brian Boucher, and Antero Niittymaki.
The Flyers will be releasing the balance of their 2015 preseason schedule tomorrow, Wednesday, June 10.