On Friday afternoon the AHL announced that Lehigh Valley Phantoms forward Phil Varone has been voted the winner of the Les Cunningham Award as the league’s most valuable player. The award is voted on by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 30 cities.
— AHL Communications (@AHLPR) April 13, 2018
This is Varone’s first season with the Phantoms, and he’s making his mark. He is the first Phantoms player to win the award in franchise history.
Through 73 games this season, Varone is tied for the league lead with 70 points. He has career highs in both goals (23) and assists (47), as well as points. He has gone back-to-back games without a point just three times this season. On top of that he has 15 multi-point games, including a four-assist game and his first career hat trick. The Phantoms are 37-7-3-1 this season when Varone records a point.
The Phantoms have the AHL’s MVP, and the Flyers have a player that certainly has a case to be the NHL’s MVP.
The Phantoms will close out their regular season schedule with a pair of home games this weekend before heading into the Calder Cup Playoffs.
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