Phantoms sign local product James Laux

By Al Alven

The Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League announced today that they have signed 23-year-old Colorado College defenseman and Cherry Hill, New Jersey native James Laux to a contract.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, as per team policy.

A 6’2″, 212 lb blueliner, Laux recorded 22 points (7 goals, 15 assists) and 32 penalty minutes in 36 games with Colorado College in 2002-03, and helped the team to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular season title. In 61 games over two season with the Tigers, he tallied 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) and 42 PIMs.

Laux, who attended Cherry Hill West High School and also played for the Philadelphia Little Flyers Junior “B” team (1998-99), spent two seasons with the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League prior to attending Colorado College.

In 2000-01, he was named top defenseman of Canada’s Royal Bank Cup national tournament (junior “B” championship), helping the Red Wings to the Anavet Cup title (Manitoba-Saskatchewan title) along the way.

“James attended a Flyers/Phantoms mini-camp a few years ago,” said Flyers assistant general manager Paul Holmgren. “Since that time he has shown steady improvement and we feel he has a chance to be a steady two-way defenseman in the American League. He has good size and skates well.

“We look forward to having him in the system, monitoring his development first hand.”