Black Bear Acquires 30th Ice Arena

June 2022

Deep Freeze Ice Arena will be the Official Practice and Training Facility of the United States Hockey League Youngstown Phantoms

Boardman, Ohio – An affiliate of Black Bear Sports Group, Inc. (“Black Bear”) has acquired the Deep Freeze Ice Arena in Boardman, Ohio. The Arena features one Olympic ice sheet, the Extreme Air Trampoline Park and will be the official practice and training facility of the United States Hockey League’s Youngstown Phantoms, which is co-owned by Black Bear.

“We are excited to continue our Western PA/Ohio market expansion with the addition of the Deep Freeze Ice Arena,” said Murry N. Gunty, Founder and CEO of Black Bear. “This is a natural extension of our Youngstown Phantoms brand. Our team in Western PA/Ohio has a proven track record of effectively reaching into the community and providing affordable family entertainment that promotes physical activity and healthy lifestyles and together with the team from Extreme Air Trampoline Park, the Deep Freeze will be no exception.

“The Youngstown Phantoms have been a part of Mahoning Valley tradition and the United States Hockey League (USHL), the country’s top junior hockey league, since the 2009 season and previously were a member of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for six seasons,” Black Bear Junior Hockey President Andrew Goldman stated. “With ownership of Deep Freeze, we can further invest in the Phantoms’ future including creation of a world-class fitness facility and unlimited access to practice ice.”

About Deep Freeze Ice Arena - Deep Freeze Ice Arena is the Official practice facility of the Youngstown Phantoms and Home of Extreme Air Trampoline Park. Deep Freeze Ice Arena, owned by Black Bear Sports Group, Inc. is an ice facility located on McClurg Road in Youngstown, Ohio. The arena measures 90,000 square feet where you will find unique ice hockey, figure skating, and other programs. The facility includes one Olympic-sized ice rink operating year-round. The ice rink is complimented by a concession area as well as two meeting/party rooms that support a variety of corporate and community functions as well as group outings & field trips. Deep Freeze Ice Arena’s surface provides for a host of programs, program drop-ins, leagues, and themed events. The facility is home to many user groups along with a variety of on-site businesses including Extreme Air Trampoline Park.

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