Phantoms’ Mackey commits to U.S. Air Force Academy

Staff report


In his final weekend as a Youngstown Phantom, defenseman Kyle Mackey now knows where he’ll be skating in the fall.

On Friday, Mackey committed to play college hockey at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

“[Air Force] has been showing interest this whole year,” the two-year Phantom said. “I finally got out to visit this past week, and it was great.

“The campus was great; the Colorado area is just awesome. They have a lot to offer, and they set you up for the rest of your life. It’s a great opportunity, and I’m really blessed for it.”

Mackey is the 17th player on the USHL team’s active roster to commit to a Division I NCAA hockey scholarship.

“It’s a great accomplishment for Kyle,” Phantoms head coach Anthony Noreen said. “Last year, and I think he’d be the first to admit it, was a big growing process for him as a player, but he stuck to it.

“He worked his way through it, came back this year, and he stepped up big time on our back end when we needed it,” Noreen said. “He fought his way into our top pair, and has really been an anchor for us on our blue line all year.”

Air Force competes in the Atlantic Hockey Association, and is led by coach Frank Serratore, the father of former Phantom Tom Serratore who plays for the University of Minnesota.

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