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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
Youngstown Phantoms Logo.svg
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)

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.

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 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[12] NAHL 56 27 25 4 58 201 181 1365 4th, North
2005–06[13] NAHL 58 34 20 4 72 214 181 1288 3rd, North
2006–07[14] NAHL 62 47 14 1 95 283 168 1198 1st, North
2007–08[15] NAHL 58 36 18 4 76 227 173 1272 2nd, North
2008–09[16] NAHL 58 36 17 5 77 224 173 1092 2nd, North
2009–10[17] USHL 60 20 36 4 44 170 247 1607 7th, Eastern
2010–11[18] USHL 60 23 30 7 53 167 205 1145 7th, Eastern
2011–12[19] 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
2016–17 USHL 60 34 20 6 74 161 135 1054 4th of 9, Eastern; 8th of 17, USHL
2017–18 USHL 60 33 20 7 73 180 189 976 2nd of 9, Eastern; 6th of 17, USHL
2018–19 USHL 62 36 21 5 77 214 209 1101 3rd of 9, Eastern; 6th of 17, USHL

Playoff recordsEdit

Season GP W L OTL GF GA PIM Finish
2006[20] 8 2 6 0 20 33 166 Lost in Quarterfinals
2007[21] 10 9 1 0 47 24 152 Lost in Championship Game
2008[22] 12 6 5 1 39 34 222 Lost in Round 2
2009[23] 14 8 6 0 42 37 159 Lost in Semifinals
2012[24] 6 3 3 0 20 25 100 Lost in East Conf. Semifinals
2013[25] 9 5 4 0 23 23 121 Lost in East Conf. Finals
2015[25] 4 1 3 0 11 13 95 Lost in East Conf. Semifinals
2017 5 2 3 0 8 15 79 Lost in East Conf. Semifinals
2018 11 7 4 0 39 35 164 Lost in Championship Game
2019 2 0 2 0 3 6 24 Lost in First Round

Phantoms drafted into the NHLEdit

  • 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

ReferencesEdit

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  7. ^ "Preds Sign Forward Lukas Craggs to Two-Year, Entry-Level Deal". www.nhl.com.
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  9. ^ "Youngstown Phantoms Name John Wroblewski Head Coach". USHL. July 21, 2015.
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