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2023-2024 BLACK VS. YELLOW GAMES END IN BIG WAY

The West Michigan Phantoms closed out the 2023-2024 season of Black vs. Gray games with an explosive 21 goal performance at Western Michigan University's Lawson Ice Arena on April 6th.  The game, which was the highest scoring game of any game since these specialty games began in 2016, witnessed Team Yellow pour on the offense in the third period to take claim to a 12-9 victory over Team Black.  The Phantoms would like to thank the 59 players who filled up 82 total roster spots between the skates in Flint, Muskegon and Kalamazoo that made these games possible.  Additionally and equally special, are the 28 new players that joined us this season to experience their first Phantom Hockey Black vs. Gray/Yellow skate.  "It is truly amazing to bring such a great group of players, friends and teammates to these special venues to create an an event and moment that these players never forget," said Kevin Wootton.  To date, 13 different arenas have been used to host these special games, something that Trent Kik and Kevin Wootton hope to add to next year.  "About six years ago, Trent and I discussed the path forward and how to make these games better and more enjoyable, pushing forward with new venues and new locations was very high on that list," Wootton added.   From Joe Louis Arena, All State Arena, Little Caesars Arena and all of the other rinks that have made up the 13 rinks, the Phantoms have allowed 144 skaters the ability to experience these fun and exciting skates.   "The memories of the skating in these great venues are a thrill, the memories of the post-game celebrations of watching a hockey game after and enjoying the friendships and newly-minted friendships following these skates is icing on the cake," Wootton said.  In addition to the players that have made these games so successful, the Phantoms would like to also thank the photographers, referees, game staff, venue staff members and the professional/junior level/college level team members for all of their help in these games.  Over the next few months, the Phantoms will be working to get a plan set for the upcoming 2024-2025 season of Black vs. Gray games and hope to have more information in late summer.  

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MUSKEGON'S GUN vs. HOSES GAME SET FOR APRIL 13TH
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Each year members of the area Fire Departments and Police Departments square off in a fun-filled charity hockey game at Lakeshore Sports Centre in Muskegon.  This year, the event will take place on Saturday, April 13th at 5:00pm.  From silent auctions, 50/50 raffles, Chuck-A-Puck, in addition to the donation at the door for your tickets, money raised goes to help area families in need.  This year, one individual is a 15 year girl with a very rare and aggressive bone cancer and the other individual is a 5 year old girl who diagnosed with systematic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis (sJIA).  For more information on Guns and Hoses and their 2024 event, please visit their website at https://www.muskegongunsandhoses.com.  From their site, you can also make online donations. 

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As the Fall/Winter season continues to roll on, some may have noticed a piece of the Zombies missing from the lineup. This same piece has been absent from the sidelines of the Phantoms this season as well. Steve Clark, a longtime defensemen on the Zombies and father of Kyle and Matt Clark, has been absent from the ice since mid-June. At first what was thought to be a possible infection, turned out to be colon cancer. In early October, Steve had surgery to remove the cancerous part of his colon. During the surgery, it was discovered that some of the cancer spread to his bladder. During the next several months, Steve will undergo chemotherapy to fight the remaining cancer. Steve remains positive and ready to fight this non-ice battle. Jenna Clark (wife of Kyle Clark) and Nicole Clark (wife of Matt Clark) have created a t-shirt campaign to spread awareness of Steve’s condition and rally the troops for Steve’s fight. ‘Stronger Together: His Fight Is Our Fight’ is a battle that we are all in and stand together to give support to Steve and his family.

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STEVE CLARK BATTLING CANCER: STRONGER TOGETHER

The BIGGEST party of the year will role back into West Michigan on Saturday, August 24th.  PhantomFest, which has been the flagship party of the year, started back in 2012 and continues to reach new heights and limits.  The team is currently finalizing plans and hopes to make the venue announcement known within the next couple of weeks.  We can confirm that Saturday, August 24th will be the date.  Stay tuned to this website and Phantom social media for the latest information.

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PHANTOMFEST RETURNS AUGUST 24TH
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Potochny: Recorded his 50th Phantom point on 4/14/24 vs. Bulldogs

DeGarmo: 1 points from 50 points

Barber: 31 points away from 100 

Barber: Recorded his 50th goal as a Phantom on 3/17/24 vs. Puck Norris

Tuggle: Recorded his 50th goal as a Phantom on 3/17/24 vs. Puck Norris. 

Tuggle: Recorded his 100th Phantom point on 3/24/24 vs. Team English

BZehr: Recorded his 300th point on 3/3/24 against Agape

Updated 4.16.24

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AUG. 10, '24: Kenny Chesney at Ford Field

AUG. 24, '24: PhantomFest @TBA

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