Five Team Maryland Players Seize Opportunity to Practice with the USHL Affiliate, Youngstown Phantoms
Five players from Team Maryland participated in a practice with their USHL Affiliate, the Youngstown Phantoms, last week. U18 Forward Issac Imbereko was the oldest player to represent Team Maryland. The other four were sent from Team Maryland’s U16 team.
Starting goalie Colin Berke joined after recently moving back to Maryland from New Jersey to further his hockey career. Leading goal scorer and U16 Forward for Team Maryland, Patrick Fitzgerald got a chance to show why he has been having such a successful season. Quin Kennedy and Andrew Maner (2003 Forwards), are both playing up on the U16 team. Maner has already established himself as the assistant captain. All four Team Maryland players from the U16 team are Maryland region products.
The players got to fully experience what it is like to play in the USHL. The group was given a tour of the hockey facilities from the coaching staff, watched tape with the players, and got to participate in a full practice on the ice with the Youngstown Phantoms. This opportunity left the Team Maryland players inspired and motivated to put in the work necessary to play at the USHL level.
“This was a special opportunity for our players to experience what USHL level hockey brings,” said Team Maryland Executive Director Mike Weiss. “Now these players know what type of coaching, hockey facilities, and skill level comes with playing in this league. Our affiliation with the Youngstown Phantoms and Maryland Black Bears is invaluable. We are able to provide unprecedented exposure to our Team Maryland players to coaches in the two best junior leagues in the country.”