YOUNGSTOWN, OH- The Youngstown Phantoms have announced the hiring of John Wroblewski as the organization’s fourth Head Coach in team history. Wroblewski spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League (AHL), the top affiliate club of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres.
“The Youngstown Phantoms are a perfect fit for me. The ownership group is strong, intelligent, and determined," said Wroblewski. "I will challenge these young men on a daily basis to grow as individuals, hockey players, and teammates."
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Prior to his time in Rochester, Wroblewski spent three seasons in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). He then earned a Head Coaching position with the Gwinnett Gladiators, where he had two successful seasons and was named co-recipient of the 2011-12 ECHL Coach of the Year award. During his time in Gwinnett, the club advanced to the playoffs both seasons, won two Southeast Division titles, and had the Eastern Division's best winning percentage in those two seasons. Wroblewski began his coaching career as an Assistant Coach with the USA National Team Development Program (NTDP) located in Ann Arbor, MI.
"We had a number of quality candidates for this position, but John proved to us through the interview process that he was the best man to lead this club moving forward. All of our student-athletes aspire to get to the next level, be it college or pro hockey, and John has been there as either a coach or player," said Phantoms General Manager Jason Koehler. "We are thrilled to welcome John to our staff and family here in Youngstown and look forward to continued success and winning a Clark Cup championship."
Wroblewski's time as a player includes playing for the NTDP, followed by four seasons at Notre Dame University, where he served as a team captain. Wroblewski hails from Neenah, Wisconsin and will be officially introduced to the media and Youngstown community at a later date.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 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.
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