Phantoms prep for relocation with new sweaters

The AHL's Adirondack Phantoms will move to Allentown, Penn. next season and become the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The team's new home and road jerseys were unveiled last fall on Nov. 25.

The Phantoms originally left Philadelphia in 2009 — after a 13-year run — when their arena was set to be torn down. They were sold and moved to Glens Falls, N.Y. as a temporary home but the new ownership always intended to bring the team back to Pennsylvania.

The move to Allentown will coincide with the opening of the new PPL Center in August.

The only change to the Phantoms logo is that a new blue will replace purple as the trim color. Icethetics reader Billy Carpenter reported this after seeing the jerseys up close. He snapped a photo which can be seen in the slideshow up top.

While the logo remains mostly unchanged, the same can't be said for the uniforms. The jerseys are a hodgepodge of design elements from the more modern Reebok Edge templates and the fact that they don't match is sure to irk some fans.

No word yet on whether the Phantoms will keep their Flyers-inspired third jersey — though there's no particular reason for them to drop it at this point.

At the end of the season, we'll have a little retrospective on the Phantoms' Adirondack era.