Tuesday, June 09, 2015

NHL hockey comes to PPL Center for first time in September

The Philadelphia Flyers will make their second appearance at Allentown's new PPL Center in September, as they did last preseason.

Except this time, they will entertain a fellow NHL franchise in an exhibition contest.

The New York Islanders will come down to the home of the Phantoms for a preseason tilt on September 21, facing the parent Orange and Black, per an announcement this afternoon.

"The Philadelphia Flyers are very excited to bring the National Hockey League to PPL Center," 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."

While it was part and parcel for the Phantoms to play games in the Wells Fargo Center in the regular season when the Flyers were away, the practice did not take hold last year, and Lehigh Valley played all of its 38 home games in its new building.

Instead, members of the Flyers and Phantoms played an intra-squad exhibition game which officially opened the PPL's hockey slate in late September.

"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."

The Phantoms have already disclosed that their home opener will take place on Saturday, October 10. The Flyers will reveal the remainder of their preseason schedule tomorrow, while the master NHL schedule will not be released until late July at the earliest.

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