Deep Freeze Ice Arena will be the official practice and practice facility for the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League
Boardman, Ohio – A subsidiary of Black Bear Sports Group, Inc. (“Black Bear”) acquired the Deep Freeze Ice Arena in Boardman, Ohio. The arena includes an Olympic ice rink, the Extreme Air Trampoline Park and will be the official practice and practice facility for the United States Hockey League Ghosts of Youngstownwhich is co-owned by Black Bear.
“We are excited to continue expanding our outstate Pennsylvania and Ohio market with the addition of the Deep Freeze Ice Arena,” said Murry N. Gunty, Founder and CEO of Black Bear. “This is a natural extension of our Youngstown Phantoms brand. Our team in Western Pennsylvania/Ohio has a proven track record of effectively reaching the community and providing affordable family entertainment that promotes physical activity and healthy lifestyles.With the Extreme Air Trampoline Park team, Deep Freeze will be no exception.
“The Youngstown Phantoms have been a part of the Mahoning Valley tradition and the United States Hockey League (USHL), the nation’s top junior hockey league, since the 2009 season and were previously members of the North American Hockey League. hockey (NAHL) for six seasons,” said Black Bear Junior Hockey President Andrew Goldman. “With ownership of Deep Freeze, we can invest more in the future of the Phantoms, including building a center world-class fitness facilities and unlimited access to ice practice.”
About Deep Freeze Ice Arena – Deep Freeze Ice Arena is the official training facility for the Youngstown Phantoms and Home of Extreme Air Trampoline Park. Deep Freeze Ice Arena, owned by Black Bear Sports Group, Inc. is an ice facility located on McClurg Road in Youngstown, Ohio. The arena measures 90,000 square feet where you will find unique ice hockey, figure skating and other programs. The facility includes an Olympic-size ice rink that is open year-round. The rink is complemented by a concession area as well as two meeting/party rooms that support a variety of corporate and community functions as well as group outings and excursions. The Deep Freeze Ice Arena surface offers a host of programs, drop-in programs, leagues and themed events. The facility is home to many user groups as well as a variety of on-site businesses, including Extreme Air Trampoline Park.
About Black Bear Sports Group – Black Bear Sports Group, Inc. is a private company incorporated by Murry Gunty and Blackstreet Capital Holdings, LLC in 2015 which seeks to invest in sports and entertainment facilities, teams and youth sporting events. Black Bear focuses on rinks in metropolitan areas with attractive demographics, a National Hockey League club presence, and rinks with existing youth hockey clubs. The largest owner/operator of ice rinks in North America, Black Bear’s footprint totals 30 facilities across the United States with 55 indoor ice sheets, 5 indoor grass pitches/non-ice surfaces, 23 hockey clubs for youth, 6 hockey leagues and tournament companies (Atlantic Hockey Federation, Atlantic Women’s Hockey Federation, Tier 1 Hockey Federation, National Women’s Hockey League, Defenders Hockey Tournaments, Adult Foundry Hockey) and 4 Junior “A” hockey franchises in the United States Hockey League, North American Hockey League, United States Premier Hockey League NCDC and Eastern Hockey League. To find out more, visit www.blackbearsportsgroup.com.
About the Youngstown Ghosts -The Ghosts of Youngstown are members of the United States Hockey League (USHL). The USHL is the top junior hockey league in the nation, ranked Tier I. Prior to the 2009 season, the Phantoms were members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for six seasons. The Phantoms saw more than 150 players commit to NCAA Division I schools, and 29 Phantom players were drafted into the NHL. Several alumni have signed contracts with the NHL, including Brett Murray, Scott Mayfield, Jiri Sekac, Andrej Sustr, Nathan Walker and Kyle Connor. The Youngstown Phantoms are co-owned by Bruce Zoldan and Murry Gunty. Mr. Zoldan is the founder and CEO of Phantom Fireworks, America’s largest fireworks company. Mr. Gunty is the founder and CEO of Black Bear Sports Group, Inc. The Phantoms produce the best talent on and off the ice. Phantoms players are very active in the Mahoning Valley and can be found giving regularly by reading in schools, helping out at soup kitchens, or teaching young hockey players.