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The Youngstown Phantoms are a Tier I Junior A ice hockey team that plays in the East Division of the United States Hockey League. The team plays home games at the 5,200-seat Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio. The team is co-owned by Troy Loney (who played 12 years in the NHL primarily for the Pittsburgh Penguins), Troy's wife Aafke Loney, and Bruce J. Zoldan, founder and CEO of fireworks brand Phantom Fireworks, hence the team's name.[1]

Youngstown Phantoms
Youngstown Phantoms Logo.svg
City Youngstown, Ohio
League United States Hockey League
Division Eastern
Founded 2003 (in the NAHL)
Home arena Covelli Centre
Colors Purple, Orange, Black
              
Owner(s) Bruce J. Zoldan, Alex Zoldan, Ron Zoldan, Troy Loney, Aafke Loney,
General manager Jason Koehler
Head coach Brad Patterson
Media WBBW (AM)
FASTHockey
Franchise history
2003–2005 Youngstown Phantoms
2005–2009 Mahoning Valley Phantoms
2009–present Youngstown Phantoms
Championships
Regular season titles 1 (2014–15)

Contents

HistoryEdit

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.

Four players from the Youngstown Phantoms have been drafted into the NHL. Defenseman Scott Mayfield (2009–11) was drafted in the 2nd round, 34th overall pick,[2][3] by the New York Islanders in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Goalie Matthew Mahalak (2009–10) was drafted in the 6th round,[4] 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 five alumni have signed NHL contracts, including Nathan Walker, Scott Mayfield, Brandon Saad, Jiri Sekac, and Andrej Sustr. 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.[7]

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.[9] 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.[10] After one season in Youngstown, Wroblewski was hired by the USA Hockey National Team Development Program as the head coach[11] and was replaced by former assistant coach, Brad Patterson.[12]

Regular season recordsEdit

Season League GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish
2003–04 NAHL 56 28 21 7 63 168 169 1347 5th, North
2004–05[13] NAHL 56 27 25 4 58 201 181 1365 4th, North
2005–06[14] NAHL 58 34 20 4 72 214 181 1288 3rd, North
2006–07[15] NAHL 62 47 14 1 95 283 168 1198 1st, North
2007–08[16] NAHL 58 36 18 4 76 227 173 1272 2nd, North
2008–09[17] NAHL 58 36 17 5 77 224 173 1092 2nd, North
2009–10[18] USHL 60 20 36 4 44 170 247 1607 7th, Eastern
2010–11[19] USHL 60 23 30 7 53 167 205 1145 7th, Eastern
2011–12[20] USHL 60 32 21 7 71 202 196 1190 4th, Eastern
2012–13 USHL 64 37 27 0 74 215 199 1348 3rd of 8, Eastern; 7th of 16, USHL
2013–14 USHL 60 17 37 6 40 172 230 1212 8th of 8, Eastern; 15th of 16, USHL
2014–15 USHL 60 40 14 6 86 233 166 1178 1st of 9, Eastern; 1st of 17, USHL
2015–16 USHL 60 31 20 9 71 192 177 1020 5th of 9, Eastern; 6th of 17, USHL

Playoff recordsEdit

Season GP W L OTL GF GA PIM Finish
2005–06[21] 8 2 6 0 20 33 166 Lost in Quarterfinals
2006–07[22] 10 9 1 0 47 24 152 Lost in Championship Game
2007–08[23] 12 6 5 1 39 34 222 Lost in Round 2
2008–09[24] 14 8 6 0 42 37 159 Lost in Semifinals
2011–12[25] 6 3 3 0 20 25 100 Lost in East Conf. Semifinals
2012–13[26] 9 5 4 0 23 23 121 Lost in East Conf. Finals
2014–15[27] 4 1 3 0 11 13 95 Lost in East Conf. Semifinals

RosterEdit

As of April 10, 2016.[28]

# S/P/C Player Pos Ht Wt DoB Hometown Previous team College commitment
1   Madore, KyleKyle Madore G 6' 2" 168 lb 1997-02-10 Peters Township, Pennsylvania New Hampshire (EHL) None
3   McInnis, LukeLuke McInnis D 5' 10" 175 lb 1998-07-29 Hingham, Massachusetts Dexter School (USHS–MA) Boston College
5   Kolias, VasVas Kolias D 5' 10" 165 lb 1997-02-08 Schaumburg, Illinois Indiana (USHL) Union
6   Shea, RyanRyan Shea D 6' 1" 175 lb 1997-02-11 Milton, Massachusetts Boston College High School (USHS–MA) Northeastern
7   Esposito, EricEric Esposito F 5' 10" 185 lb 1998-08-24 West Haven, Connecticut Loomis Chaffee School (USHS–CT) New Hampshire
10   Conley, KevinKevin Conley F 6' 0" 190 lb 1997-02-17 Wausau, Wisconsin Wausau West High School (USHS–WI) Denver
12   Hirano, YushiroYushiro Hirano F 6' 0" 200 lb 1995-08-18 Tomakomai, Japan Tingsryds AIF (Hockeyettan) None
14   Winkler, JamesJames Winkler F 6' 3" 205 lb 1996-04-22 York, Maine Portland (USPHL) UMass Lowell
15   Ekberg, CarterCarter Ekberg D 6' 1" 186 lb 1997-05-15 McMurray, Pennsylvania Des Moines (USHL) None
16   Lalonde, NoahNoah Lalonde F 5' 9" 170 lb 1998-03-22 Macomb, Michigan HoneyBaked U18 (Midget AAA) Michigan State
19   Alvaro, MattMatt Alvaro (C) F 5' 9" 175 lb 1996-07-07 Toronto, Ontario St. Michael's (OJHL) Vermont
20   Craggs, LukasLukas Craggs (A) F 6' 0" 178 lb 1996-05-16 Elmhurst, Illinois Janesville (NAHL) Bowling Green
21   Apap, TommyTommy Apap F 6' 2" 190 lb 1996-02-27 Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Fargo (USHL) Michigan State
22   Pearson, ChaseChase Pearson (A) F 6' 3" 186 lb 1997-08-23 Alpharetta, Georgia Cornwall (CCHL) Maine
23   Esposito, AlexAlex Esposito F 6' 0" 180 lb 1996-06-03 West Haven, Connecticut Loomis Chaffee School (USHS–CT) Vermont
24   Cotton, JasonJason Cotton F 6' 2" 200 lb 1995-02-07 Parker, Texas Northeastern (HEA) Sacred Heart
25   Kramer, PatrickPatrick Kramer F 6' 2" 185 lb 1997-03-06 Bridgewater, Massachusetts Boston College High School (USHS–MA) Merrimack
26   Morrison, CameronCameron Morrison F 6' 3" 200 lb 1998-08-27 Aurora, Ontario Aurora (OJHL) Notre Dame
27   Myllari, KrisKris Myllari D 6' 2" 190 lb 1997-02-05 Kanata, Ontario Kanata (CCHL) Penn State
28   Moore, ConnorConnor Moore D 5' 10" 175 lb 1997-07-04 Cumming, Georgia Brooks School (USHS–MA) Boston College
31   DeAugustine, ColinColin DeAugustine G 5' 9" 165 lb 1995-05-25 Burgettstown, Pennsylvania Johnstown (NAHL) Mercyhurst
35   Bednard, RyanRyan Bednard G 6' 4" 180 lb 1997-03-31 Macomb, Michigan Johnstown (NAHL) Bowling Green
50   Miller, MattMatt Miller (A) D 6' 1" 190 lb 1995-08-22 East Palestine, Ohio Compuware U18 (Midget AAA) Ohio State
56   Farmer, TyTy Farmer D 5' 10" 165 lb 1998-01-06 O'Fallon, Missouri St. Louis Blues U16 (Midget AAA) Michigan State
81   Hall, GarrettGarrett Hall F 6' 3" 195 lb 1997-03-31 Troy, Michigan HoneyBaked U18 (Midget AAA) None

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.youngstownphantoms.com/about-the-youngstown-phantoms/
  2. ^ http://www.ushl.com/index.php?item_id=2515
  3. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/draft/2011/columns/story?columnist=burnside_scott&id=6704032
  4. ^ http://www.ushl.com/index.php?item_id=2515
  5. ^ http://www.ushl.com/news_article/show/427964?referrer_id=1348814-top-story
  6. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=233028
  7. ^ http://www.youngstownphantoms.com/about-the-youngstown-phantoms/
  8. ^ http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4393860
  9. ^ http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4393860
  10. ^ "Youngstown Phantoms Name John Wroblewski Head Coach". USHL. July 21, 2015. 
  11. ^ "John Wroblewski Named Head Coach at National Team Development Program". Junior Hockey News. May 16, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Phantoms Name Assistant Coach Brad Patterson to Head Coaching Position". Junior Hockey News. June 7, 2016. 
  13. ^ http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/standings.html?leagueid=164&seasonid=608
  14. ^ http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/standings.html?leagueid=164&seasonid=904
  15. ^ http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/standings.html?leagueid=164&seasonid=1406
  16. ^ http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/standings.html?leagueid=164&seasonid=2025
  17. ^ http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/standings.html?leagueid=164&seasonid=3119
  18. ^ http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/standings.html?leagueid=49&seasonid=4429
  19. ^ http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/scoreboard.html?leagueid=49&seasonid=5967
  20. ^ http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/standings.html?leagueid=49&seasonid=7561
  21. ^ http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/playoffbracket.html?leagueid=164&seasonid=1188
  22. ^ http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/playoffbracket.html?leagueid=164&seasonid=1775
  23. ^ http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/playoffbracket.html?leagueid=164&seasonid=2688
  24. ^ http://www.pointstreak.com/prostats/playoffbracket.html?leagueid=164&seasonid=3880
  25. ^ http://ushl2011.stats.pointstreak.com/brackets.html?leagueid=49&seasonid=8558
  26. ^ http://ushl2011.stats.pointstreak.com/brackets.html?leagueid=49&seasonid=10673
  27. ^ http://ushl2011.stats.pointstreak.com/brackets.html?leagueid=49&seasonid=10673
  28. ^ "Roster". Youngstown Phantoms. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 

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