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League Approves Addition to Youngstown Phantoms Ownership

03/28/2014, 8:00am CDT
By bwerger

NHL veteran Troy Loney joins ownership and management of USHL Club

The United States Hockey League today announced the USHL Board of Directors has approved the transaction that has Troy Loney and Aafke Loney joining the ownership and management group of the Youngstown Phantoms.  Under the agreement that was formally approved by the USHL this week, Troy Loney will oversee the day-to-day business and hockey operations of the organization.

The Loneys join Bruce Zoldan as part of the team’s ownership group.  Zoldan has been the sole owner of the Phantoms since they joined the USHL prior to the 2009-10 season. 

“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,” said Loney.  “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 impressed with the development of the League and its players, and I can’t wait to get started in Youngstown.”

Troy Loney enjoyed a successful 12-year professional playing career in the NHL that included 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The winger was part of the club’s back-to-back Stanley Cup titles (1991, 1992).  He then became the first-ever captain of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks during their inaugural season of 1993-94. 

Since retiring from his playing career, Loney has made his home in the Pittsburgh area and spent the last 15 years as a senior executive at various levels in the business sector, including serving as a president of a division for a Fortune 250 company.

“This is a tremendous move for the Phantoms and for the Youngstown community,” said Zoldan.  “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 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.”

“This is just a 'win-win’ for all the stakeholders in junior hockey, both in the Youngstown area and nationally,” said USHL President and Commissioner Skip Prince.  “A former great NHL player and current successful businessman, in Troy Loney and his wife Aafke, join one of our preeminent owners, Bruce Zoldan, in the ownership and management of a resurgent Member Club in a region of the country that the Pittsburgh Penguins have helped make a hockey hotbed.  The connections here are both vertical and horizontal, and the benefits to the Youngstown Phantoms fans and players will be immediate.  Congratulations and thanks to all for the effort to put together this winning team."

The Loneys had previous ties to the Youngstown Phantoms as their son Ty Loney spent two season playing in the USHL with the organization (2009-11).  Ty led the Phantoms with 23 goals during the 2010-11 season before his collegiate career at the University of Denver.  He is currently in his junior season at Denver and helped the Pioneers reach the NCAA Tournament.

“When my son, Ty, played in Youngstown a few years ago, I got a firsthand view of the city and the Phantoms organization,” continued Loney.  “I know that Ty had a great on- and off-ice experience in Youngstown, and he was able to develop his skills to the point where he is now playing Division I college hockey at Denver.  I look at coming here as an opportunity to invest not only in the Youngstown community, but also in the Phantoms organization.”

“This is a great day for hockey in Youngstown,” said David Morehouse, CEO and President of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins.  “Troy was a valuable player for the Penguins, contributing to two Stanley Cup championships and many exciting moments on the ice, but he also forged a very successful post-hockey career as a corporate executive in the Pittsburgh area.  The Phantoms organization and their fans will benefit from his considerable experience in both the hockey and business worlds.  We are big fans of the Phantoms, and we look forward to great things from Troy and his team.”


Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 12th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2013-14.  A record 32 players were chosen in the 2013 NHL Draft and more than 300 players on team rosters last season have committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.  For more information, visit us on the web at or visit the League’s social media platforms, including Facebook (, twitter (, and YouTube (  Fans can also watch USHL action all season long, live or on-demand via FASTHockey (

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