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Youngstown Phantoms Acquire Assistant Coach Justin DeMartino

October 2, 2020 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Youngstown Phantoms News Release

YOUNGSTOWN, OH - The Youngstown Phantoms acquired assistant coach Justin DeMartino of Macomb, Michigan. DeMartino graduated with a degree in Sports Communication from Ferris State in 2014.

DeMartino is joining the Phantoms as an Assistant Coach after 3 years as the Associate Head Coach and Director of Scouting with the Topeka Pilots in the North American Hockey League. While working in Topeka, the team was involved in advancing over 20 players to division 1 college hockey. Before arriving in Topeka, DeMartino was a volunteer coach at his alma-mater, Ferris State University, from 2016-2017. While at Ferris, he was involved in all aspects of the team but had a main focus on video, skill development and off-ice workouts.

Prior to starting his coaching career, DeMartino played at Ferris State University from 2010-2014. During this time, the team won a CCHA and WCHA Regular Season Championship as well as advancing to the Elite 8 in 2014. In 2012, the Bulldogs had their best season where they lost to Boston College in the National Championship game.

DeMartino states, "First off, I would like to thank Coach Patterson and Coach Potter for giving me the opportunity to work with them. I am extremely grateful and eager to learn from them while we help develop and advance our players to college hockey. Youngstown has been an extremely successful organization throughout the years and I could not be more thrilled to be a part of the Phamily!"

GM/Head Coach Brad Patterson exclaims, "We are thrilled to have added Justin to our organization. After speaking with him at length it became very apparent that Justin is a "Phantom". His track record of identifying talent while on the recruiting trail, mixed with player development on the ice, will immediately help our franchise moving into the 2020-2021 season."

"We are thrilled to welcome Justin to our coaching staff. Justin's pedigree speaks for itself and I am looking forward to watching his evolution as a coach. Our focus in Youngstown is in developing elite hockey players and I have no doubt that Justin will add to our ability to do just that," expressed team President, Andrew Goldman.

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