Lehigh Valley, PA – The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, proud AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, are pleased to announce that goaltender Mark Dekanich has been signed to an AHL contract.

Mark Dekanich HersheyA 6’2″, 192-pound netminder from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Dekanich spent the majority of last season with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL where he produced a 20-9-4 overall record in 35 appearances to go along with a 2.16 goals-against average and .925 save percentage.

A fifth-round selection (#146 overall) by the Nashville Predators in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, he’s appeared in 163 career AHL games (Milwaukee Admirals, Springfield Falcons, St. John’s IceCaps, Hershey Bears) during which he’s compiled an 92-55-13 mark, 11 shutouts, a 2.39 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.

Before starting his professional career, Dekanich completed a four-year career at Colgate University where he posted a 52-45-16 record in 118 games to go along with a 2.25 goals-against average and .923 save percentage. During that time, he was named to the All-ECAC Hockey First Team (2005-06), All-ECAC Hockey Second Team (2006-07) and All-ECAC Hockey Third Team (2007-08).