The American Hockey League Board of Governors has approved a move of the Philadelphia Phantoms hockey team to the Glens Falls Civic Center.
AHL President and CEO David Andrews today announced the approval for the farm team of the Philadelphia Flyers to move during a league meeting in Chicago.
Glens Falls City Councilman Dan Hall said it was the news local hockey fans had been waiting to hear for years.
"We're all very excited," he said. "Now the Phantoms' sales team can come in and make corporate connections to sell ads in their programs and make season ticket sales."
Nearly 1,700 individuals have already made a commitment to the team after the city encouraged local fans to put $25 down on a season ticket as a show of support for professional hockey.
The Civic Center has nearly 5,000 seats for hockey.
The AHL board approved the transfer of ownership of the Philadelphia Phantoms franchise from Philadelphia Phantoms, LP, to a newly formed entity known as Phantoms Hockey LLC, owned by the Brooks Group. Andrews said the AHL easily approved the Phantoms' move.
"We're excited to be returning to the rich AHL tradition and history in Glens Falls," he said.
As the farm team for the Philadelphia Flyers, local fans root to see players ascend to the big leagues.
Hall said he often watched the Adirondack Red Wings when they were at the Civic Center.
The Red Wings had four Calder Cup championship teams during the 1980s and 1990s when they were in the city.