The Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League (NHL) have recalled goaltender Anthony Stolarz (‘11-’12) from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League (AHL), Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced this morning. He joins former goaltender Pheonix Copley (‘10-’11) of the St. Louis Blues on NHL rosters leading up to the resumption of the NHL schedule tonight following their all-star break.
Stolarz, 22, has appeared in 29 games with the Phantoms during the 2015-16 season, earning a 15-10-3 record with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage. The recall comes following his appearance in the AHL All-Star Classic in Syracuse, N.Y., where he saved 16 of 18 shots during the All-Star Challenge last night in the culmination of the weekend. In 60 games with the Phantoms over the last two seasons, the Edison, N.J., native owns a 24-23-7 record with a 2.85 goals-against average, a .910 save percentage, and two shutouts.
This is Stolarz's second recall of the 2015-16 season, earning his first on Nov. 17, 2015 for a one-game trip before returning to the Phantoms. The 6-foot-6, 232-pound goaltender has earned five call-ups to the Flyers over his two-year professional career with the most recent providing the largest chance to make his NHL debut. He will replace Michael Neuvirth, who is sidelined for 7-10 days due to an injury.
Stolarz appeared in 50 games with the Corpus Christi IceRays during the 2011-12 season, earning a 23-22-4 record with a 2.84 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. Stolarz played on the NAHL 18U Selects Team at the 2012 NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. Through that season, Stolarz committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha in NCAA Division I and ranked fourth among North American goaltenders in the 2012 NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings.