Monday, January 28, 2013

Former Phantom, Flyer White to be inducted into AHL Hall of Fame

Providence, RI -- The American Hockey League announced on Monday that former Philadelphia Phantom and Flyer Peter White will be one of the four members of its 2013 Hall of Fame class.

Born in Quebec City and a draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers in 1989, White came to Philadelphia in 1996 as a member of the original Philadelphia Phantoms club.

He posted back-to-back 100-point seasons in his first two years here (44G, 105 pts in '96-'97, then 27 G and 105 pts. in '97-'98) and helped the franchise win its first Calder Cup in 1998 by going for nine goals and 18 points in 20 games that culminated in a six-game triumph over the Saint John Flames.

White, who may be most notable here as a son-in-law of former GM Bob Clarke, spent one whole season with the Philadelphia Flyers, recording nine goals and 25 points in 77 appearances in 2000-01.

After a stint in the Chicago Blackhawks organization, White came back to the Phantoms in 2002 and stayed until he was swapped for Jon Sim early in the 2004-05 campaign. All told, White racked up 153 goals and 472 points over 431 regular-season games with the Philadelphia version of the Phantoms in parts of seven seasons.

White, who played collegiately for Michigan State, ended his career as a three-time AHL scoring champion and also won a Calder Cup with the Cape Breton Oilers in 1993.

One other inductee has a Philadelphia connection.

Ken Gernander, who is currently the head coach of the Connecticut Whale, played for Moncton, Binghamton and the Hartford Wolf Pack and briefly in the NHL for the Rangers from 1991-2005.

His brother-in-law is former Philadelphia Flyers forward Trent Klatt -- who nearly ended Gernander's career with a hit that resulted in a severe concussion in the 1997 Eastern Conference Finals.

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