Youngstown Phantoms

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Youngstown Phantoms
Youngstown Phantoms Logo.svg
City Youngstown, Ohio
League United States Hockey League
Division Eastern
Founded 2003
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 John Wroblewski[1]
Media WBBW (AM)
FASTHockey
Franchise history
2003–2005 Youngstown Phantoms (NAHL)
2005–2009 Mahoning Valley Phantoms
2009–present Youngstown Phantoms (USHL)

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 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, New York Islanders and the New York Rangers, Troy's wife Aafke Loney, and Bruce J. Zoldan, founder and CEO of fireworks brand Phantom Fireworks, hence the team's name.[2]

History[edit]

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,[3][4] by the New York Islanders in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Goalie Matthew Mahalak (2009–10) was drafted in the 6th round,[5] 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,[6] by the Washington Capitals in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Forward Maxim Letunov (2013-15) was drafted in the 2nd round, 52nd overall pick,[7] 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 has had the honor of lifting the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013.[8]

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.[9] In April 2012, Noreen's contract was extended through the 2013–14 season.[10]

USHL Clark Cup Playoff Champions

none to date

USHL Anderson Cup Regular Season Champions

2014-15 season

Regular season records[edit]

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[11] NAHL 56 27 25 4 58 201 181 1365 4th, North
2005-06[12] NAHL 58 34 20 4 72 214 181 1288 3rd, North
2006-07[13] NAHL 62 47 14 1 95 283 168 1198 1st, North
2007-08[14] NAHL 58 36 18 4 76 227 173 1272 2nd, North
2008-09[15] NAHL 58 36 17 5 77 224 173 1092 2nd, North
2009-10[16] USHL 60 20 36 4 44 170 247 1607 7th, Eastern
2010-11[17] USHL 60 23 30 7 53 167 205 1145 7th, Eastern
2011-12[18] 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, League
2013-14 USHL 60 17 37 6 40 172 230 1212 8th of 8,Eastern : 15th of 16, League

Playoff records[edit]

Season GP W L OTL GF GA PIM Finish
2004-05 - - - - - - - Did Not Qualify
2005-06[19] 8 2 6 0 20 33 166 Lost in Quarter-Finals
2006-07[20] 10 9 1 0 47 24 152 Lost in Championship Game
2007-08[21] 12 6 5 1 39 34 222 Lost in Round 2
2008-09[22] 14 8 6 0 42 37 159 Lost in Semi-Finals
2009-10 - - - - - - - Did Not Qualify
2010-11 - - - - - - - Did Not Qualify
2011-12[23] 6 3 3 0 20 25 100 Lost in East Conf Semi Finals
2012-13[24] 9 5 4 0 23 23 121 Lost in East Conf Finals
2013-14 - - - - - - - Did Not Qualify

References[edit]

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

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