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Mainhardt out as Phantoms coach

Published: Tue, February 16, 2010 @ 5:04 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Bob Mainhardt’s tenure as head coach of the Youngstown Phantoms has come to an end.


Phantoms coach Bob Mainhardt during a recent practice at the Ice Zone in Boardman.

The team announced Tuesday that Mainhardt would be removed as head coach of the hockey team effective immediately. Mainhardt will remain with the team as a “hockey advisor” for the remainder of the season.

Assistant coach and Director of Player Development Curtis Carr will assume the responsibilities as interim head coach.

“It was a mutual decision between the [Mainhardt] and the management staff,” said Phantoms President Alex Zoldan. “We think that it is in the best interest of both the team and Bob Mainhardt.”

Mainhardt has been with the Phantoms since 2003 and had a record of 208-115-25 with the team prior to this season. This season, the team’s first in the United States Hockey League, the Phantoms are 15-26-2.

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1houndsfan(68 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

Why don't they just shut down operations now, this is really turning into a joke. And I have been a supporter of the organization. I just wonder if Coach wasn't putting enough hours in at the fireworks store is the reason this happened.

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2ehk1091(1 comment)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

This aint Notre Dame man. You don't just come into a league like the USHL and tear it up like they did in the NAHL. If all you're worried about is a winner, you should have come to those games. Or were you to busy watching the Steelgoons get their tails whipped? If the Valley gives this team the support they deserve and the naysayers like yourself put their negativity in the trash, this could be the best thing this city has. Do we want a repeat of the Thunder and the Steel-whatevers? Not only are some of the players on this team NHL prospects, every team that comes into the Covelli Centre has NHL caliber players that will someday be in the bigs. How many players from your hounds will even sniff the NHL? You may say the team is a failure...I say the pessimists such as yourself are part of the bigger picture. If you want to see a sports team succeed in this town, this may be your last chance. Carpe Diem

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3houndsfan(68 comments)posted 6 years, 4 months ago

I have been to 12 games; with tickets for 4 more. We are a very bad team and we are already having a coaching change. I love hockey, but I can't go watch a team that has shown no improvement what so ever. You have a right your opinion and I have a right to mine. Every team in the league is better today than when the season started, except the Phantoms.

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