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 announced in Chicago on Tuesday approval for the farm team of the Philadelphia Flyers to move from Philadelphia to Glens Falls.
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 can seat nearly 5,000 spectators for hockey games.
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, which became necessary with the impending demolition of the team’s home arena in Philadelphia.
“We’re excited to be returning to the rich AHL tradition and history in Glens Falls,” he said.
Hall said he often watched the Adirondack Red Wings when they were at the Civic Center.
The Red Wings, farm team of the Detroit Red Wings, had four Calder Cup championship teams during the 1980s and 1990s when they were in Glens Falls.