Exposure and the ability to showcase talent has been severely limited this spring due to events outside of everyone’s control. As the only ownership group of both a USHL franchise, The Youngstown Phantoms, and a NAHL franchise, The Maryland Black Bears, Black Bear Sports Group is uniquely positioned to assist young hockey players in getting exposure to the entire hockey operations staff of both the Phantoms and Black Bears.
We are thrilled to present a virtual scouting opportunity that will be focused both on opportunities for players in the near term along with a feedback aimed to help players understand both their strengths and weaknesses as a hockey player with a particular focus on areas that need to be further developed to better prepare them for a future in Junior Hockey. This feedback will come from both a written evaluation of the reviewed video along with a 15 minute phone call with a member of the coaching staff of one of the two organizations.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 17th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2018-19. The USHL had a record 45 players selected at the 2018 NHL Draft, more than any junior league in the world, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
Celebrating its 45th season in 2019-20, the NAHL, the only USA Hockey-sanctioned Tier II Junior league boasting 27 teams in 16 states from across North America. Currently more than 1200 alumni play in the NCAA and 55 more play in the NHL.