Youngstown Phantoms

The Youngstown Phantoms are a Tier I junior ice hockey team that plays in the Eastern Conference of the United States Hockey League (USHL). The team plays home games at the 5,200-seat Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. The team was co-owned by Bruce J. Zoldan, founder and CEO of fireworks brand Phantom Fireworks, hence the team's name.[2] and Troy Loney (who played 12 years in the NHL, primarily for the Pittsburgh Penguins) along with his wife Aafke Loney. In the summer of 2018, the Loney's sold their interests to the Black Bear Sports Group led by CEO Murry Gunty.

Youngstown Phantoms
CityYoungstown, Ohio
LeagueUnited States Hockey League
ConferenceEastern
Founded2003 (in the NAHL)
Home arenaCovelli Centre
ColorsPurple, orange, black
              
Owner(s)Bruce J. Zoldan, Alex Zoldan, Ron Zoldan, Black Bear Sports Group
General managerBrad Patterson[1]
Head coachBrad Patterson
MediaWBBW (AM)
FASTHockey
Franchise history
2003–2005Youngstown Phantoms
2005–2009Mahoning Valley Phantoms
2009–presentYoungstown Phantoms
Championships
Regular season titles1 Anderson Cup (2014–15)

History

From their inaugural season in 2003 until 2009, the Phantoms played in the North American Hockey League's North Division, with home games at the 1,000-seat Boardman Ice Zone in the suburb of Boardman, Ohio. From 2005 until 2009, the team was known as the Mahoning Valley Phantoms, because the Central Hockey League's Youngstown SteelHounds moved into the county. However, soon after the SteelHounds shut down, the Phantoms started playing most of their games in the city of Youngstown, and with the move to the USHL, re-adopted the old Youngstown Phantoms name.

Seventeen players with Youngstown Phantoms ties have been drafted into the NHL. Defenseman Scott Mayfield (2009–11) was drafted in the 2nd round, 34th overall pick,[3][4] by the New York Islanders in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Goalie Matthew Mahalak (2009–10) was drafted in the 6th round,[3] 163rd overall pick, by the Carolina Hurricanes also in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Forward Nathan Walker (2012–13) was drafted in the 3rd round, 89th overall pick,[5] by the Washington Capitals in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Forward Maxim Letunov (2013–15) was drafted in the 2nd round, 52nd overall pick,[6] by the St. Louis Blues also in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Also, a total of seven alumni have signed NHL contracts, including Nathan Walker, Scott Mayfield, Brandon Saad, Jiri Sekac, Andrej Sustr, and Lucas Craggs.[7] In addition, Mayfield, Saad, Sustr and Sekac have seen action with their respective NHL clubs, and Saad won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013.[2] On August 10, 2011, the Youngstown Phantoms announced 29-year-old Chicago native Anthony Noreen as head coach, making him the third head coach in the team's history. Before joining the Youngstown Phantoms, Noreen was an assistant coach for three seasons at his alma mater, University of Wisconsin - Steven's Point.[8] In April 2012, Noreen's contract was extended through the 2013–14 season.[8] Noreen was hired by the ECHL's Orlando Solar Bears after the 2014–15 season. John Wroblewski was then hired for the 2015–16 season as the fourth head coach in team history.[9] After one season in Youngstown, Wroblewski was hired by the USA Hockey National Team Development Program as the head coach[10] and was replaced by former assistant coach, Brad Patterson.[11]

Regular season records

SeasonLeagueGPWLOTLPTSGFGAPIMFinish
2003–04NAHL56282176316816913475th, North
2004–05[12] NAHL56272545820118113654th, North
2005–06[13] NAHL58342047221418112883rd, North
2006–07[14] NAHL62471419528316811981st, North
2007–08[15] NAHL58361847622717312722nd, North
2008–09[16] NAHL58361757722417310922nd, North
2009–10[17] USHL60203644417024716077th, Eastern
2010–11[18] USHL60233075316720511457th, Eastern
2011–12[19] USHL60322177120219611904th, Eastern
2012–13USHL64372707421519913483rd of 8, Eastern; 7th of 16, USHL
2013–14USHL60173764017223012128th of 8, Eastern; 15th of 16, USHL
2014–15USHL60401468623316611781st of 9, Eastern; 1st of 17, USHL
2015–16USHL60312097119217710205th of 9, Eastern; 6th of 17, USHL
2016–17USHL60342067416113510544th of 9, Eastern; 8th of 17, USHL
2017–18USHL6033207731801899762nd of 9, Eastern; 6th of 17, USHL
2018–19USHL62362157721420911013rd of 9, Eastern; 6th of 17, USHL

Playoff records

SeasonGPWLOTLGFGAPIMFinish
2006[20]82602033166Lost in Quarterfinals
2007[21]109104724152Lost in Championship Game
2008[22]126513934222Lost in Round 2
2009[23]148604237159Lost in Semifinals
2012[24]63302025100Lost in East Conf. Semifinals
2013[25]95402323121Lost in East Conf. Finals
2015[25]4130111395Lost in East Conf. Semifinals
2017523081579Lost in East Conf. Semifinals
2018117403935164Lost in Championship Game
201920203624Lost in First Round

Phantoms drafted into the NHL

  • 2011: Scott Mayfield – 34th overall by New York Islanders
  • 2011: Matt Mahalak – 163rd overall by Carolina Hurricanes
  • 2014: Max Letunov – 52nd overall by St. Louis Blues
  • 2014: Nathan Walker – 89th overall by Washington Capitals
  • 2014: JJ Piccinich – 103rd overall by Toronto Maple Leafs
  • 2015: Kyle Connor – 17th overall by Winnipeg Jets
  • 2015: Chase Pearson – 140th overall by Detroit Red Wings
  • 2015: Ryan Bednard – 206th overall by Florida Panthers
  • 2015: Ryan Shea – 121st overall by Chicago Blackhawks
  • 2015: Steven Ruggiero – 178th overall by Anaheim Ducks
  • 2016: Cam Morrison – 40th overall by Colorado Avalanche
  • 2017: Michael Karow – 126th overall by Arizona Coyotes
  • 2018: Ivan Prosvetov – 114th overall by Arizona Coyotes
  • 2018: Curtis Hall – 119th overall by Boston Bruins
  • 2018: Michael Callahan – 142nd overall by Arizona Coyotes

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