With much anticipation and excitement we arrived at the Glens Falls Civic Center at 2:00PM on Thursday, February 18, 2010. We met Dawn in the office, but she was in the middle of some work so we waited out side the office area, where Charlotte was able to run up and down a wide hallway. She must have run up and down about 15 times. Amazing amount of energy!
We had to wait for about little while, but we had no place to be, so we ran back and forth in the hallway. Running is one of Charlotte’s favorite things to do, and we have enrolled her in “Toddler Track & Field” at the Glens Falls YMCA for the next session.
With the arrival of George Sporing, the Adirondack Phantoms Certified Athletic Trainer, we descended into the lower levels of the Civic Center, passing by the visitors locker room, down the hallway behind the Home goal and to the Phantoms Locker Room.
As we came into the locker room, both JoAnn and I were surprised at how spotlessly clean it was. There is obviously a lot of pride that goes into keeping the locker room absolutely perfect for the guys. Fantastic to see. The image on the right is the Adirondack Phantoms logo which is on the floor in the middle of the locker room. The player never step on this area of the carpet.
We looked around and saw that the guys practice jerseys where hanging in each players locker, along with his skates, gloves, helmet, and other equipment.
We then moved into the next room, where the guys sticks are kept. All of the players numbers where on the wall, with each mans sticks on a set of pegs protruding from the wall. It was interesting to see the wide variety of sticks.
In the next room, which is the Strength & Conditioning Room, we met Assistant Coach Kjell Samuelsson and Strength & Conditioning Coach, Ryan Podell. Both were doing a good workout, so we didn’t bug them for long.
We moved on into George Sporing’s “office”, the Athletic Training Room. This area of the locker room can get quite busy at times, with guys getting banged up out on the ice. There was load of medical supplies, and two training tables where the guys can be treated.
As we where in here, George put his head around a door in the back of the AT Room, and moments later Coach Greg Gilbert appeared. This was a great honor to meet the Adirondack Phantoms Head Coach. This is a man that has 16 seasons of NHL playing experience, and has been a Head Coach in both the AHL and NHL. He is also the only player in NHL history to have won the Stanley Cup with both the New York Rangers (1994) and the New York Islanders (1982 and 1983).
Returning back to the main locker room, we proceeded down the “tunnel” to the Phantoms Entrance onto the ice. We stood by the ice, with a Zamboni laying down a fresh layer of ice ready for tomorrow nights game versus the Hershey Bears (currently in first place in the AHL standings).
This was a great afternoon out, and we want to send out our praise and thanks to George Sporing, Coach Greg Gilbert, Coaches Samuelsson and Podell, and all of the staff and players of the Adirondack Phantoms. Most importantly, we want to thank Dawn Price for setting this up and giving us the opportunity to have this very special time in the locker room.
Truly a day to remember!