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PHANTOMS ANNOUNCE ALL-DECADE TEAM

By Matthew Lipcsak 06/03/2020, 10:00am EDT

Fan Vote from May 11-31 Produced Three Forwards, Three Defensemen, a Goalie, and a Coach

YOUNGSTOWN, OH – After a three-week fan vote on YoungstownPhantoms.com, the Youngstown Phantoms are proud to announce the choices for the Youngstown Phantoms All-Decade team from their first ten years of USHL Hockey, 2009/10 – 2019/20. Fans were given the opportunity to select three forwards, two defensemen, one goalie, and one coach on their ballot with the ability to write-in names in the categories as well. The results are as follows, based on the percentage of ballots a name appeared on:

Virtual Scouting Program Goes Live!

By Phantoms Staff 06/02/2020, 2:30pm EDT

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.

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Phantoms Complete Phase I & II of 2020 Draft

By Phantoms Staff 05/06/2020, 5:30pm EDT

Youngstown, Ohio: Over the past two days the Phantoms have been busy shaping their 2020-2021 roster and prospect pool via the Phase 1 and Phase 2 drafts.

On Monday, during the Phase 1 (Futures Draft) the Phantoms selected nine players from the 2004 birth class. The Phase 2 draft on Tuesday saw the Phantoms select an additional 22 players spread out between the 2004-2000 birth class.

The full list of the Phantoms selection is below:

Phase I Draft Picks

Phantoms Pick #1: Round 1 (6th overall pick)

Jack Larrigan | Forward | St. Louis, MO | Shattuck-St. Mary’s Sabres 15’s

Phantoms Pick #2: Round 2 (21st overall pick)

Tyler Catalano | Forward | Fenton, MO | St. Louis Blues AAA 16U

Phantoms Pick #3: Round 3 (36th overall pick)

Jake Furlong | Defense | Upper Tantallon, NS | Mount St. Charles Academy 15’s

Phantoms Pick #4: Round 4 (51st overall pick)

Kenta Isogai | Forward | Nagano, Jap | Okanagan HC Europe U20

Phantoms Pick #5: Round 6 (81st overall pick)

Miles Gunty | Forward | Bethesda, MD | Team Maryland 15’s

Phantoms Pick #6: Round 8 (111st overall pick)

Mario DiMaggio | Defense | St. Louis, MO | St. Louis Blues AAA 16U

Phantoms Pick #7: Round 8 (126th overall pick)

Sam Oliver | Forward | Quispamsis, NB | Rothesay Netherwood Varsity U18

Phantoms Pick #8: Round 10 (141st overall pick)

Tyler Iles | Forward | Potomac Falls, VA | Team Maryland 15’s

Phase II Draft Picks

Phantoms Pick #1: Round 1 (6th overall pick)

Adam Eisele | Forward | Lake Elmo, MN | Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Phantoms Pick #2: Round 2 (22nd overall pick)

William Hillman | Forward | Blainie, MN | Bismarck Bobcats

Phantoms Pick #3: Round 3 (37th overall pick)

Mattias Sholl | Goalie | Hermosa Beach, CA | Fairbanks Ice Dogs

Phantoms Pick #4: Round 4 (52nd overall pick)

Cole Burtch | Forward | Markham, ON | Toronto Patriots

Phantoms Pick #5: Round 5 (68th overall pick)

Jack Mesic | Defense | Plymouth, MI | Amarilla Bulls

Phantoms Pick #6: Round 7 (98th overall pick)

Artur Turansky | Forward | Bratislava, Slv | Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights

Phantoms Pick #7: Round 7 (104th overall pick)

Owen Bartoszkiewicz | Goalie | Northville, Mi | Oakland Jr. Grizzlies

Phantoms Pick #8: Round 8 (113th overall pick)

Kyle Furey | Defense | Marblehead, MA | Lawrence Academy Spartans

Phantoms Pick #9: Round 8 (117th overall pick)

Marcus Joughin | Forward | Tecumseh, ON | New Hampton School Huskies

Phantoms Pick #11: Round 10 (143rd overall pick)

Devon de Vries | Forward | Saint-Lazare, QC | Stanstead College Spartans Varsity

Phantoms Pick #12: Round 11 (158th overall pick)

Justin Ertel | Forward | Mississauga, ON | St. Andrew’s College Varsity

Phantoms Pick #13: Round 12 (173rd overall pick)

Connor McGrath| Forward | Chicago, IL | Detroit Little Caesars 18U

Phantoms Pick #14: Round 13 (188th overall pick)

Isaac MacLeod | Forward | Caledonia, ON | New Hampton School Huskies

Phantoms Pick #15: Round 14 (203rd overall pick)

Levente Keresztes | Forward | Budapest, Hgr | Twin City Thunder

Phantoms Pick #16: Round 15 (218th overall pick)

Jason Stefanek | Forward | Yorba Linda, CA | Anaheim Jr. Ducks 15’s

Phantoms Pick #17: Round 16 (233rd overall pick)

Michael Rubin | Defense | Blauvelt, NY | New Jersey Rockets HC 16U

Phantoms Pick #18: Round 17 (248th overall pick)

Carter Rose | Defense | Brasher Falls, NY | Holderness School Bulls

Phantoms Pick #19: Round 18 (263rd overall pick)

Nick Capasso | Forward | Northford, CT | Avon Old Farms School Winged Beavers

Phantoms Pick #20: Round 19 (278th overall pick)

Antonio Fernandez | Forward | San Jose, CA | Team Illinois 16U

Phantoms Pick #21: Round 20 (293rd overall pick)

Michael Sullo | Forward | Freehold, NJ | Mercer Chiefs 15’s

Phantoms Pick #22: Round 21 (308th overall pick)

Tyler Rose | Defense | Alexandra, VA | Team Maryland 15’s

Brad Patterson, GM and Head Coach tell us, “We are thrilled with how the draft went and are extremely excited to see all of the players here in the near future.  We feel we have added some significant pieces for the 2020-21 season and beyond”.  

Leading up to the draft and throughout the year the Phantoms spend countless man hours in pursuit of up and coming talent from around the globe.  This is obvious when you look at the various leagues and levels that players are selected from prior to joining the Phantoms organization.  Over the course of the last 2 days the Phantoms selected players from all over the world (USA, Canada, Belarus, Japan, Slovakia and Hungary).

Brad Patterson, GM and Head Coach states, “Our scouting and recruiting staff led by Jeff Potter did a tremendous amount of work throughout the season and I think it definitely shows in how our draft went.  We not only added high end hockey players that will help our team on the ice, but we also acquired high character people who will be a direct reflection of our community and ownership group”.

Phantoms Phlex ticket plans for the 2020-2021 season are on sale now starting at just 5 games for $75 including 5 parking passes. Full season tickets start at just $325 for Attaching Zone.  All season tickets include a free beer or fountain drink to every game making for an incredible value.

For more information and to purchase Phantoms tickets, call 330-747-PUCK or visit www.youngstownphantoms.com.

 

 

Multiple Transactions Ahead of 2020 USHL Phase I Draft

By Phantoms Staff 05/06/2020, 5:15pm EDT

Youngstown, Ohio: The Phantoms are pleased to announce they have acquired David Gucciardi, a defenseman from Toronto, Ontario, Canada  and Jaden Grant, a forward from White Lake, Michigan. The Phantoms also acquired a 2020 Phase 1, 3rd round pick. In return we traded affiliate player Scott Morrow, a defenseman from Darien, Connecticut and a 2020 Phase 1, 7th round pick

GM and Head Coach Brad Patterson stated, “By adding David and Jaden to our group we feel we have added 2 key pieces to our 2020-21 roster.  David has the ability to change a game offensively through his skill set, all while being a very passionate and hard to play against Defenseman who has 2 years of junior hockey experience. Jaden is a player every coach wants on his team. He has shown the ability to play in multiple different situations and thrives in a 200ft game. We are excited to add both players to our 2020-21 roster.”

Assistant Coach Jeff Potter says, “We are very excited to add both David and Jaden to our returning core of players.  We have had our eyes on both of these players for some time, and both will have an immediate impact for our organization. We look forward to getting both in a Phantom jersey in the Fall.”

Phantoms Phlex ticket plans for the 2020-2021 season are on sale now starting at just 5 games for $75 including 5 parking pass. Full season tickets start at just $325 for Attaching Zone.  All season tickets include a free beer or fountain drink to every game making for an incredible value.

For more information and to purchase Phantoms tickets, call 330-747-PUCK or visit www.youngstownphantoms.com

Youngstown, Ohio – The Youngstown Phantoms, in conjunction with the United States Hockey League (USHL), has announced that Phantoms Goalie, Colin Purcell has been named to the All-Rookie Second Team for the 2019-2020 season. Purcell is an eligible prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft scheduled for June 26th-27th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Colin Purcell, 18, of Shaker Heights, OH, committed to University of Massachusetts, came to the Youngstown Phantoms as a drafted pick in 2018. Being a first-year goalie in the USHL is extremely difficult, but Collin came in here, won a position battle during the first week of the season and gave us consistent play between the pipes. We had a chance to win every night he was in net. Colin Purcell “It is an honor to be named to the all-rookie second team. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and the staff.”

“Colin had a tremendous first year here in Youngstown.  His work ethic and approach to the game pave the way for an extremely bright future, both here in Youngstown and beyond.  We are all proud of Colin and his accolades and are eagerly looking forward to his return in the Fall,” said GM and Head Coach Brad Patterson.

Andrew Goldman, Team President said, “It is incredibly challenging to come into this league as a young player and to have success.  For Colin to have the season he did and to watch his development was incredibly rewarding and he deserves a tremendous amount of credit for the work he put in to achieve that success.  I am looking forward to watching him continue that growth this upcoming season.”

Phantoms Phlex ticket plans for the 2020-2021 season are on sale now starting at just 5 games for $75 including 5 parking passes. Full season tickets start at just $325 for Attaching Zone.  All season tickets include a free beer or fountain drink to every game making for an incredible value.

For more information and to purchase Phantoms tickets, call 330-747-PUCK or visit www.youngstownphantoms.com.

 

Trevor Kuntar named to All-USHL Second Team

By Phantoms Staff 04/24/2020, 10:30am EDT

Youngstown, Ohio – The Youngstown Phantoms, in conjunction with the United States Hockey League (USHL), has announced that Phantoms Forward, Trevor Kuntar has been named to the All-USHL Second Team for the 2019-2020 season. Kuntar is an eligible prospect for the 2020 NHL Draft scheduled for June 26th-27th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Trevor Kuntar, 19, of Buffalo, New York, committed to Harvard University, came to the Youngstown Phantoms as a tender in 2017. Kuntar represented the United States at the 2019 World Junior A Challenge in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Kuntar led the Youngstown Phantoms in scoring for the 2019-2020 season. “It’s an honor being named to second team. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates and coaches,” said Forward Trevor Kuntar

GM and Head Coach Brad Patterson stats “We can't speak highly enough of Trevor. His drive and compete level are second to none, and he drove his teammates and competition to match that on a daily basis.  He had an exceptional career here in Youngstown (2017-2020), which ended in a dominant year by any standard.  His imprint on this program for years to come.  The sky is the limit in his future!”

“Trevor is the type of player and person that every organization hopes to have.  Trevor’s leadership and success on the ice was equaled by his commitment to the community as a whole and I know that we will all miss him on and off the ice when he heads to Harvard in the fall. I consider it a privilege to call Trevor a friend and I look forward to seeing him lace them up for the Crimson and beyond,” said Andrew Goldman, Team President.

Phantoms Phlex ticket plans for the 2020-2021 season are on sale now starting at just 5 games for $75 including 5 parking pass. Full season tickets start at just $325 for Attaching Zone.  All season tickets include a free beer or fountain drink to every game making for an incredible value.

Photo Credit: Scott Galvin

For more information and to purchase Phantoms tickets, call 330-747-PUCK or visit www.youngstownphantoms.com.

 

Phantoms Billet Family of the Year

By Phantoms Staff 04/21/2020, 4:45pm EDT

Youngstown, Ohio: During the season each Phantoms player is away from home, they stay with a billet family nine months out of the year. Each family brings a player or two into their house and helps make them a part of their family.  The selfish service sometimes goes unnoticed. We appreciate our billet families tremendously. This year we started a new award as Billet of the year. We have chosen the The Rapp family as our Billet family of the year.  Dean, Beth, and the entire Rapp family are the definition of “Phamily”. In addition to hosting and taking care of 3 of our players (Ben Schoen, Yusaku Ando, Garrett Dahm), The Rapp’s are always willing to open their home to our entire team. Whether it’s having the team over to watch movies or television shows, cooking for the boys, being there for players when they are sick or injured, picking up and dropping off players with car limitations, or baking for our road trips, The Rapp family continually goes above and beyond for our players and organization. They are truly in this for the right reasons and care for our players as if they are their own. We are extremely blessed to have The Rapp Family as part of the fabric of our hockey team and organization. This recognition is very well deserved!

“Billet families are the heart and soul of Junior Hockey and we, The Youngstown Phantoms, are blessed to have an incredible group of families welcoming our players into their homes and treating them as members of their own family.  The Rapp Family, like many of our Billet Families, has fostered a safe and comfortable environment for Ben, Garrett and Yusaku which has allowed them to reach their full potential on the ice and in the classroom. I can’t thank the Rapp’s and all of our billet families enough for all they do for The Phantoms.”


"We want to thank every single family that serves as a billet for our players. We started this award this year to recognize their selflessness," said USHL President & Commissioner Tom Garrity. "While we know every single one of our billet families for all 16 of our Member Clubs welcome our players with open arms as if they're members of their own family, we are excited that going forward, our Clubs will be able to highlight one of these outstanding families each season. Their commitment to shaping these young men's careers and personalities during their time in the USHL is exemplary and we are continually amazed by the dedication they show in serving as a billet family."

 

USHL Cancels Reminder of 2019-2020 Season (Photo Credit Scott Galvin)

The USHL Board of Governors has unanimously voted to cancel the remainder of the 2019-2020 regular season and playoffs.

USHL Commissioner Tom Garrity said, “The decision was not an easy one to make, but was a necessity in order to keep our athletes, staffs and fans in all 16 of our communities safe amid the international health risk.  While we believe our product is the best junior hockey that fans can view, we also understand the health of our athletes, employees, fans and communities is more important during this time.”

The USHL will announce the 2019-2020 season awards in the coming weeks.

The Youngstown Phantoms want to thank our players for not only their incredible performance on the ice, but their commitment to the community as a whole. This was truly an exceptional group of young men. Those players who are moving on to play college hockey next year will be missed.

We also want to thank our fans for supporting the team with such passion this year.  We wish all of you good health during this time period and look forward to seeing you during better times ahead.

Billet families provide our players with a home away from home and are the lifeblood of a Junior Hockey Team.  From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all that you do.

The Phantoms will do our best to address and all questions in the coming weeks.  Please follow our website www.youngstownphantoms.com or email us at info@youngstownphantoms.com to get the latest news from the Phantoms and the USHL. 

We look forward to seeing everyone in the fall for the 2020-2021 season.  

USHL To Suspend Season Due To COVID-19

By Phantoms 03/12/2020, 1:00pm EDT

YOUNGSTOWN, OH - The USHL announced Thursday its decision to suspend game play effective immediately and until further notice. All hockey activities, including practices, workouts and meetings have also been suspended until further notice. The league continues to closely monitor the situation and will use this hiatus to determine next steps regarding the 2019-2020 season. 

Fans with Youngstown Phantoms tickets for March 13th & 14th are asked to bring in their tickets to the box office starting next Wednesday, March 18th, for ticket voucher(s) to a future Phantoms game in April 2020 or the 2020-2021 season. 

We thank our fans and the community for staying patient with us at this time. 

As we continue to monitor developments regarding the coronavirus in the state of Ohio, the Youngstown Phantoms organization continues to focus on the safety and well-being of our fans along with the community that we serve. For now business will continue as normal, with the selling of tickets for our Friday and Saturday games versus the Dubuque Fighting Saints. We are monitoring the situation daily and will update everyone should anything change. 

We want to share a few steps we are taking for you, our customer: 

Regular cleaning in the facilities will be heightened.  In fact, JAC Management has doubled the housekeeping staff at events until further notice so that frequently touched surfaces in the arena will be aggressively and continually cleaned and disinfected. Antibacterial soap will be equipped in every restroom in the Covelli Centre and the building has added multiple hand sanitizing stations along with wayfinding signs to allow for easy and frequent hand cleansing. All team locker rooms and team facilities will be open only for players and essential staff of each team until further notice. 

If you are sick and are unable to attend Friday or Saturday’s game, the Phantoms will gladly offer a voucher for a future game in exchange for a ticket to either of this weekends’ games. 

We encourage our customers to take recommended precautions from the CDC

  • If you are sick, please stay home. See above about exchanging your ticket to this weekends’ games. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face, nose, eyes, etc.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home while you are sick (except to visit a health care professional) and avoid close contact with others.
  • Cover your mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing. 
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

Photo Credit: Scott Gavin
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