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Phantoms Begin 2017 Training Camp

By Julie Mros, 09/11/17, 12:00PM EDT


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Phantoms have officially reported to town and will begin on-ice practices on Monday September 11th at the Ice Zone and their off-ice team workouts at Max Athletic Training, both facilities located in Boardman, Ohio . The team’s training camp and pre-season games will run Monday September 11th through Sunday October 1st.

The Phantoms will host the NAHL’s Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights at the Ice Zone on Tuesday September 12th at 4:00pm for an early exhibition game and then participate at the USHL’s Fall Classic event to be held in Cranberry / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for three exhibition games against USHL opponents the Waterloo Blackhawks (Wednesday September 27th at 7:00pm), the Dubuque Fighting Saints (Saturday September 29th at 7:45pm), and the Des Moines Buccaneers (Sunday October 1st at 4:45pm).

The team training camp roster can be found below and includes nine returning Phantom veterans, nineteen Division I college committed players, one NHL Draft pick (goaltender Wouter Peeters, 2016 3rd Round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks), three goaltenders, eight defensemen, and seventeen forwards. The players will be battling to make the club’s opening day roster.

Four incoming players attended NHL Rookie / Development Camp this past off-season including forward Michael Regush (Minnesota Wild), forward  Dalton Huner (New York Islanders), Wouter Peeters (Chicago Blackhawks), defenseman Michael Joyaux (Columbus Blue Jackets).

Goaltender Wouter Peeters and forward Nicolas Werbik will miss the beginning of Youngstown’s training camp as both players will be attending NHL Rookie Camps and competing in the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, Michigan. Peeters with the Chicago Blackhwaks as one of their former draft selections and Werbik with the New York Rangers as a free agent invitee.

Returning Phantoms’ forward and Yale University commit Curtis Hall will head to Buffalo, New York during training camp to participate in this year’s CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game to be held Thursday September 21st. Hall, the Chargrin Falls, Ohio native, looks to be the next in a long line of NHL drafted players from the Phantoms organization coming up in the June 2018 NHL Entry Draft to be held in Dallas, Texas.

The Phantoms will also be welcoming two new hockey operations staff members during training camp – Assistant Coach Nick Peruzzi and Equipment Manager Jerry Hillman.

The Phantoms’ season and home opener will be Saturday, October 7th at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown. Puck drop will be at 7:05 p.m. against Central Illinois Flying Aces.

The Phantoms will host a media day on Wednesday, October 4, at 11:00 a.m. in the Covelli Centre’s YSU Room. All members of the media are invited to meet this year’s players, coaching staff, and front office. 


# Name HT WT Hometown College Commitment
31 Ivan Prosvetov 6'5" 185 Moskva, RUS  
36 Wouter Peeters 6'4" 201 Turnhout, BEL  
65 Britt League 6'0" 161 Chesapeake, VA  
5 Andrew Petrillo 5'11" 174 Pompton Plains, NJ University of Vermont
15 Jake Gingell 6'1" 201 Gregory, MI  
22 Zach Metsa 5'11" 179 Delafield, WI Quinnipiac University
24 Steve Holtz 5'11" 176 Detroit, MI  
44 Gianfranco Cassaro 5'11" 185 Nobleton, ON, CAN UMass - Amherst
62 Michael Joyaux 5'9" 154 Bloomingdale, IL Western Michigan
67 Julian Kislin 6'2" 170 Manalapan, NJ Northeastern University
72 Liam Dennison 5'9" 190 Manotick, ON, CAN Merrimack
6 Max Ellis 5'9" 141 Plymouth, MI University of Notre Dame
7 Eric Esposito 5'11" 181 West Haven, CT University of New Hampshire
9 Gueorgui Feduolov 5'9" 185 Mentor, OH  
13 Nicolas Werbik 6'3" 194 Zlin, Czech Rep.  
16 Trevor Kuntar 5'11" 165 Williamsville, NY Harvard University
17 Dalton Hunter 6'3" 201 Greensburg, PA Mercyhurst University
18 Jack Malone 6'0" 172 Madison, NJ Cornell University
19 Chase Gresock 5'11" 179 Powell, OH  
20 Curtis Hall 6'2" 194 Princeton, NJ Yale University
21 Michael Regush 6'0" 205 Surrey, BC, CAN Cornell University
23 Jagger Joshua 6'1" 159 Dearborn, MI Michigan State
26 Matthew Barry 5'11" 165 Naperville, IL College of the Holy Cross
27 Matthew Thomson 6'1" 194 Reading, MA Northeastern University
52 Craig Needham 5'10" 170 Medford, MA University of Maine
71 Brad Cocca 5'9" 170 Mississauga, ON, CAN Harvard University
86 Connor Pooley 5'10" 165 Dublin, OH  
92 Alex Barber 5'10" 159 Dublin, OH Bowling Green State University