|Home Arena:||Covelli Centre|
|Colors:||Purple, Orange, and Black|
|Owner(s):||Bruce J. Zoldan, Alex Zoldan, Ron Zoldan, Black Bear Sports and Entertainment Group|
|General Manager:||Jason Koehler|
|Head Coach:||Brad Patterson (2016-17)|
|Media:||WBBW (AM) |
|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.
On June 9, 2018 it was announced the Loney's had sold their interests in the team to Black Bear Sports and Entertainment Group. The Zoldan's were involved in the sale but retain all of their ownership stake.
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, by the New York Islanders in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Goalie Matthew Mahalak (2009–10) was drafted in the 6th round, 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, by the Washington Capitals in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Forward Maxim Letunov (2013-15) was drafted in the 2nd round, 52nd overall pick, 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.
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. In April 2012, Noreen's contract was extended through the 2013–14 season.
In early July 2015 head coach Anthony Noreen, who was named 2014-15 USHL Coach of the Year was named the head coach of the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL, an affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Noreen was with the Phantoms a total of four seasons, compiling a career coaching record of 126-99-19.
USHL Clark Cup Playoff Champions
none to date
USHL Anderson Cup Regular Season Champions
Regular season records
|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|
|2014-15||USHL||60||40||14||6||-||86||233||166||1178||1st of 9 Eastern: 1st of 17, League|
|2015-16||USHL||60||31||20||4||5||71||192||177||1020||5th of 9, Eastern : 6th of 17, League|
|2016-17||USHL||60||34||20||5||1||74||161||135||1054||4th of 9, Eastern : 8th of 17, League|
|2017-18||USHL||60||33||20||5||2||73||180||189||-||2nd of 9 Eastern : T-6th of 17, League|
|2018-19||USHL||62||36||21||1||4||77||214||209||-||T-3rd of 9 Eastern : T-6th of 17, League|
|2019-20||USHL||50||20||22||6||2||48||146||197||-||2 of 8 Eastern : 11th of 16, League|
|2020-21||USHL||49||12||30||5||2||.316||145||218||-||6th of 6 Eastern :14th of 14, League|
|2004-05||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did Not Qualify|
|2005-06||8||2||6||0||20||33||166||Lost in Quarter-Finals|
|2006-07||10||9||1||0||47||24||152||Lost in Championship Game|
|2007-08||12||6||5||1||39||34||222||Lost in Round 2|
|2008-09||14||8||6||0||42||37||159||Lost in Semi-Finals|
|2009-10||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did Not Qualify|
|2010-11||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did Not Qualify|
|2011-12||6||3||3||0||20||25||100||Lost in East Conf Semi Finals|
|2012-13||9||5||4||0||23||23||121||Lost in East Conf Finals|
|2013-14||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did Not Qualify|
|2014-15||4||1||3||0||11||13||-||Lost in East Conf. Semifinals|
|2015-16||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did Not Qualify|
|2016-17||5||2||3||0||8||15||79||Lost in East Conf. Semifinals|
|2017-18||11||7||4||0||39||35||-||Lost in Final|
|2018-19||2||0||0||0||3||6||-||Lost in East Conf. Semifinals|
|2020-21||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||Did Not Qualify|
|United States Hockey League|
|East Division||Cedar Rapids RoughRiders · Central Illinois Flying Aces · Chicago Steel · Dubuque Fighting Saints · Green Bay Gamblers · Madison Capitols · Muskegon Lumberjacks · US National Team Development Program · Youngstown Phantoms|
|West Division||Des Moines Buccaneers · Fargo Force · Lincoln Stars · Omaha Lancers · Sioux City Musketeers · Sioux Falls Stampede · Tri-City Storm · Waterloo Black Hawks|
|Related articles: Clark Cup · Anderson Cup · Annual awards · NHL alumni · NHL draftees|
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