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PHANTOMS RETURN ONE LAST TIME TO RIVERTOWN SPORTS

On November 4, 2019, Rivertown Sports in Grandville, Michigan announced that the inline rink that many called home for years, is closing.  Frank Gary, part-owner of Rivertown Sports, said in an email to active teams, "It is with mixed emotions that I announce that Rivertown Sports Management, LLC will cease operations on December 31, 2019.  The Fall 2019 hockey season will be the final season of league play."  Frank continued with "I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the loyal customers who have been playing here since we opened over 19 years."  Rivertown Sports was the original home to West Michigan Phantom Hockey when the team was founded back in the Fall of 2002 and was home to 24 seasons of Phantom Hockey, including three team championships.  The Phantom group also expanded into several other non-factored above teams including the Good Ole Boys, Kentwood Falcons, Team X, Gong Show and others during a long run at Rivertown Sports.  Following the announcement of the rink's closure, the team worked quickly to secure 'One Last Skate' at the Grandville rink before it's clousure.  Members of the Phantoms (past and present), Zombie Hockey, Gong Show and other close friends of the teams are welcome to join us on Saturday, December 14th from 1:00pm-3:00pm for a two-hour scrimmage at Rivertown Sports.  For many, this will be your last opportunity to skate under the lights of Grandville in the 'House that Rick Built'.  Cost will between $5-$10 based on turned and money will be collected at the event.  To help control the crowd during the Phantom's two hour skate, we do ask that you please register by submitting your email address, name and phone number in the box below.  This event should be a lot of fun, with great teammates and 'One Last Skate' of the Phantom Yellow sweater around the rink.  To Frank, Rick Rillett and Tyler Whitcomb...Thanks for the Memories!

NEW YEARS EVE PARTY BUS

With many people tired of ringing in the New Year at the Amway, the Phan-Crew decided to change things up for this year.  We are ditching the ever-increase-price of Amway, to roll around West Michigan in style on a Party Bus.  With the help of Christa and Brooke, those interested can join us beginning at 9pm on New Year's Even for a five hour ride around West Michigan.  The group has booked a 40-person party bus and looking for a great night, blasting music, making stops at area bars and hanging out with friends and teammates.  This bus includes a bathroom, a complete wrap-around  with open back seating for your drinks, overhead storage, limo lights and a great stereo.  We do ask for everyone to B.Y.O.B.  Cost will be determined based on how close to the 40 person limit we get, but about be between $60-$80 per person.  Please be sure to reach out to Christa, Brooke or Woot to RSVP for this event.  Money will be due by December 20th.  If you would like more information, please visit the Phantom Facebook page for photos of the bus and a link to the group Facebook event for this NYE Event.  We look forward to a great time.

PHANTOMS IN KALAMAZOO: BLACK VS. GRAY GAME; Feb. 8

The West Michigan Phantoms and Kalamazoo Wings of the East Coast Hockey League have announced the the historic Wings Stadium will play host to the next 'Black vs. Gray' game.  After working for months to secure the date and time, we are happy to announce that Saturday, February 8th from 3:00pm-4:00pm will be the two-hour skate of the Phantoms at Wings Stadium.  Additionally, following the Black vs. Gray game, the Phantoms will sit back and watch as the KWings play host to Alex Brooks and the Indy Fuel at 7:00pm.  Cost will be $15 per player for the Black vs. Gray game (if getting KWings tickets; otherwrise $30 for just skate) and then $13 for each Adult ticket to the KWings game that night ($9 for Children ages 2-12).  All money is due to Woot no later than January 19th.  "These specialty games that we as the Phantoms have done over the years that created some of the best memories for our teammates over the past 17+ years of the team," Wootton said.  "To bring our Phantoms to the historic venue of Wings Stadium where many spent time watching the great battles of the Muskegon Fury/Lumberjacks against Kalamazoo is something that is very special," Wootton added.  To add further build-up for the game, is the fact that the KWings will be battling a player that many played against years ago in West Michigan, Alex Brooks.  Brooks, a defensemen for the Indy Fuel, skated against the Phantoms during the Cedar Rock Sports Plex days and at Rivertown Sports against the Phantoms.  This event will be another great weekend of friends, hockey and beer.  The Black vs. Gray skate is limited to 24 skaters and two goaltenders.  To Sign up, please click the following link and complete the registration process.   Click HERE to register.  CURRENTLY SIGNED UP: Trent Kik (1), Brad Zehr (0), Zach Schemmel (0), Mike Padget (1), Shawn DeBoer (2), Mike Shaver (2), Kyle Clark (2), Jake Blok (1), Andrew Page (1), Dan Datema (2), Matt Myers (0), Nate Skoboda (2), Adam Porczynski (2), Walt Reichert, (?), Andrew Erickson (1), Nate Tyler (2x2), Steve Downing (2x2), Kevin Wootton-G (1), Luke Kordecki-G (3), 

GROUP TRIP: HAWKS@WINGS; FRI., MARCH 6TH

Group Trips have become the norm for the Phantoms for the past couple of years.  On Friday, March 6th, the next group trip will take place at Little Caesars Arena as the Chicago Blackhawks take on the Detroit Red Wings.  The Phantoms have 26 tickets in the gondola and are looking to fill the trip.  Cost is $75 per person and all money is due to Woot no later than February 7th.  CURRENTLY SIGNED UP: Nate Skoboda (2), Kevin Wootton (1), Trent Kik (1), Matt Zehr (2), Ashley Owen (2), Brad Zehr (2), Kyle Clark (2), Jake Blok (1), Amada-Madie-Ashley (3), Chris Laux (1), Jim Mylenek (2), Annie (1), Michelle Evans (1), Andrew Zawacki (2), (Zack Kinney-2-Held)

STANDINGS
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Milestones

MYERS: 1 goal away from 150 franchise goals

CLARK: 10 goals away from 100 franchise goals

LAUX: 4 goals away from 200 franchise goals

MYERS: 6 points away from 250 franchise points

ERICKSON: Recorded his 200th franchise point on Sept. 22nd.

B.ZEHR: Recorded his 250th franchise point on Nov. 10th

Updated 12-11-19


 

Calendar

DECEMBER 14TH: Rivertown Sports;

1-3pm, $6 per player

JANUARY 25/26: GS2 @DET

FEBRUARY 8:

Phantom Black vs. Gray game at Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo 3-4pm

FEBRUARY 14

Sixteen Candles at 20 Monroe Live

FEBRUARY 22/23: GS2 @CHI

MARCH 6: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings Group Event at LCA

APRIL 4/5: GS2 @FTW

APRIL 25/26: GS2 @BUFFALO

MAY 16/17: GS2 @DETROIT

AUG. 15: Kenny Chesney @DET

AUG. 29: PhantomFest at Nautys

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