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!
LEAGUE FEES DUE: DECEMBER 8TH
Player league fees for the Winter 2019 season are due by Sunday, December 8th. Fees for this current season are $220 per Phantom player. Any player not paid by December 8th, we will his league fees increased to $260. The Phantoms have a long history of great league fee success and with several expected events on the Phantom horizon, it is important that everyone gets their league fees turned in. Players are encouraged to pay at the front desk at Walker Ice & Fitness. In the event you choose to pay Woot, his payment information is as follows: Paypal (firstname.lastname@example.org), CashApp ($KevinWootton) or Venmo (@KevinWootton). Thanks to everyone who has already paid. For those still needing to pay, please get your money turned in prior to the deadline. You can check out player balances by click on 'PRESS BOX' on the navigation bar and then selecting 'TEAM LEAGUE FEES' under League Information.
MYERS: 1 goal away from 150 franchise goals
CLARK: 12 goals away from 100 franchise goals
LAUX: 6 goals away from 200 franchise goals
B.ZEHR: 1 points away from 250 franchise points
MYERS: 6 points away from 250 franchise points
ERICKSON: Recorded his 200th franchise point on Sept. 22nd.
DECEMBER 14TH: Rivertown Sports;
1-3pm, $5-$10 per player
JANUARY 25/26: GS2 @DET
Phantom Black vs. Gray game at Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo 3-5pm
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
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-5:00pm 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 $30 per player for the Black vs. Gray game 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.
PHANTOM THIRD JERSEYS RELEASED
The long awaited release of the brand new Phantom third jerseys has come. These jerseys arrived into the team's HQ headquarters in early summer and have been guarded intensely by the team's guard dog Cooper. Men's League Sweaters out of St. Joseph, Michigan created the jerseys and socks and on September 15th, the new gray jersey with Black and Gold trim was released and worn during the team's Winter 2019 season opener. These jerseys are sublimated, meaning the ink is heat-bonded directly into the fabric guaranteeing the jersey to stay vibrant for life. Players and fans can now order single additional jerseys directly through Men's League Sweaters. To order your very own single jersey, click here and type in 'West Michigan Phantoms' as team name and follow the instructions. Cost for single or additional jerseys directly from Men's League Sweaters are as following: 1 jersey $89, 2-5 jerseys $79, 6+ jerseys $69, 10+ socks: $15 per pair. #WeAreWestMichigan