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Troy Loney joins Phantoms’ ownership group

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Troy Loney has partnered with Youngstown Phantoms owner Bruce Zoldan to become a member of the club's ownership and operational group.

Under the agreement, which is dependent upon league review and approval, Loney will oversee the day-to-day business and hockey operations of the Phantoms.

"I am excited for the opportunity to build upon the foundation that the Phantoms have laid in the Steel Valley, Western Pennsylvania, and the USHL as a whole," Loney said. "I have seen firsthand how the USHL has become a breeding ground for Division I talent, as well as the NHL. I continue to be enthused with the development of the league and its players, and I can't wait to get started in Youngstown."

"This is a tremendous move for the Phantoms and for the Youngstown community," Zoldan said. "Troy brings a true historical hockey figure to our team. His connection to both Pittsburgh and Youngstown, and the Stanley Cups that he has won—including one under Edward DeBartolo, Sr.'s ownership—speak for themselves. The credibility he brings is immense, and his interest in this team further shows that the USHL is recognized by the NHL and the NCAA as the most talented developmental system in the nation."

Loney is a veteran of over 600 NHL games, He was drafted by the Penguins in 1982 and spent 10 seasons with the club, winning the Stanley Cup in 1991 and 1992. 

"Having someone of Troy's caliber in our team's management is a great move for this organization," said Phantoms coach Anthony Noreen. "This helps solidify the Phantoms as a top USHL franchise, as well as adds to the long-term stability of our team in the Youngstown community."

Both Zoldan and Loney hope the new partnership will a commitment to the existing fan base and hope that new fans will experience Phantoms hockey firsthand.

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