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Sparky the Mascot

Sparky the Purple Dragon made his debut at the Covelli Centre on October 3, 2009, the Youngstown Phantoms’ opening night in the United States Hockey League. Emerging from the tunnel at the southeast corner of the playing surface just minutes prior to the Phantoms’ showdown with defending league champion Indiana, Sparky received a huge ovation from the crowd of raucous hockey fans.

Named by young Phantoms follower Nathan Beck of North Lima, Sparky can be seen at every home game at the Covelli Centre entertaining fans and hyping exciting USHL hockey, but his job description covers much more than that. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Phantoms’ Ambassador of Fun all over the greater Mahoning Valley community and don’t forget to say hello and give him some love!


Job Title: Ambassador of Phantoms Fun

Favorite Movie: Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon

Favorite Songs: “Draggin’ the Line” by Tommy James and the Shondells, “Unleash the Dragon” by Sisqo and “Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja” by the Lostprophets

Favorite Restaurant: Any Chinese restaurant with “Dragon” in the name

Favorite Moment: Opening Night debut at the Covelli Centre

Hobbies: High-fiving Phantoms’ fans, Flying over the Mahoning River at night, Practicing his expert skating moves, Waving the checkered flag at the Phantom 500 intermission car race, Finding new ways to be wacky

Career Goal: U.S. Ambassador to China by day, Phantoms mascot by night

Role Models: The Famous Chicken and the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Iceburgh

Date of Birth: October 3