Youngstown Phantoms Rent Jason Deskins and Ryan Kosecki as Co-Common Managers and Vice President of Hockey Operations For 2021-22


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – ()–The Youngstown Phantoms (the “Phantoms”) of the United States Hockey League (“USHL”) and Black bear sports group are pleased to announce the immediate hiring of Jason Deskins and Ryan Kosecki as Co-General Managers and Co-Vice Presidents of Hockey Operations for The Phantoms. Jason is moving from his role as Assistant General Manager and Director of Scouting at the Omaha Lancers, also the USHL, to the Phantoms. Ryan is currently Assistant General Manager and Scout for the Maryland black bear (the “Black Bears”) and will continue with the double roles.

Jason joins the Phantoms after leading the Lancers to a second overall in the Western Conference in the 2021-21 season. Jason was previously Assistant GM and Head Scout for the Black Bears and is also the current Head Coach of the Honeybaked Midget Minor program in Detroit, where he led the team to a national championship. He was also a very successful college player at Miami University and finished his college career as captain of the Redhawks. Jason will also help oversee scouting and player recruitment for the Black Bears.

Ryan expands on his role after helping guide the Black Bears to their first playoff appearance, series win, and appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals. Before that, Ryan was assistant coach at the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks. Ryan is also currently coaching the Fox Motors 2005 senior team.

The Phantoms are also happy to announce that they have set up a new, special fitness and training room in their home track, the Covelli Center. This new training area is the first full-time fitness facility in the history of the Phantoms; it will allow players to improve their development in the same building where they practice and play games. In addition, the Black Bear Sports Group has hired former professional hockey coach Oktay Armagan as a skills coach for both junior teams.

“We would like to thank Coach Patterson for the excellent job he has done over the past two years as head coach and general manager,” said Keith Primeau, president of hockey operations for the Phantoms. “We are very excited to have Jason and Ryan on board so Brad can return to full-time coaching where he has had great success for the Phantoms over the years.”

“Given our poor performance on the ice over the past two years, especially on the defensive where we have consistently been among the worst in the league, we felt we owed it to our players, fans and our entire organization, our staff to change meaningfully. ” , our recruiting team and our entire player development process, ”said Murry N. Gunty, Co-owner of the Phantoms and CEO of the Black Bear Sports Group. “Jason and Ryan have had great success in both junior and youth hockey and we believe they will do great things for the Phantoms in the future.”

“I am very excited to be joining the Black Bear Sports Group to lead the Youngstown Phantoms and assist with the Maryland Black Bears,” said new Co-GM Jason Deskins. “The Phantoms have a rich history. The USHL is the best junior league in the country and I look forward to working with Keith, Andrew and Brad to bring it back to success on the ice. ”

“I’m excited to build on our success with the Black Bears by expanding my hockey role within the Black Bear Sports Group with the Phantoms,” said Co-GM Ryan Kosecki. “Jason and I have known each other for a long time, and I look forward to working with him to bring the Phantoms back to the top of the Eastern Conference.”

“Jason and Ryan will be a great addition to both the Phantoms and any of the Black Bear Sports Group’s junior hockey activities,” said Andrew Goldman, President of Junior Hockey for Black Bear and President of the Youngstown Phantoms. “They are proven winners with deep connections across the hockey world. You will be able to bring the entire Black Bear Youth and Junior Hockey network together to continue our advancement program and recruit elite players for our junior teams. ”

The assistant coaches Jeff Potter and Justin DiMartino as well as head scout Casey Kesserling were sacked with immediate effect.

About the Youngstown Phantoms

The Youngstown Phantoms are a Tier I junior ice hockey team that plays in the Eastern Conference of the United States Hockey League. The team plays its home games at the 5,200-seat Covelli Center in Youngstown, Ohio. The team includes Bruce Zoldan, founder and CEO of Phantoms Fireworks, the largest fireworks retailer in the United States, and Murry Gunty, CEO of Black Bear Sports Group, the largest youth hockey and ice rink company in North America.

About the Maryland Black Bears

The Maryland Black Bears are a Tier II junior ice hockey team that plays in the Eastern Conference of the North American Hockey League. The team plays home games at the Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton, MD and is owned by the Black Bear Sports Group. Founded in 2018, it is the first junior hockey team from Maryland.

About Black Bear Sports Group, Inc.

Black Bear Sports Group, Inc. is a privately held company of Murry Gunty and Blackstreet Capital Holdings, LLC in 2015 seeking investments in sports and entertainment facilities, teams and youth sports events. Black Bear Arenas are clean and professionally run and offer top-notch recreational programs. Black Bear targets metropolitan ice rinks with compelling demographics, existing youth hockey clubs, and a club presence in the National Hockey League. As the largest owner / operator of ice rinks in the United States, Black Bear comprises a total of 27 facilities in the United States with 50 indoor ice rinks, three indoor turf fields, 15 youth hockey clubs, and three Junior A hockey franchises in the US Hockey League, North American Hockey League and Eastern Hockey League.