Play scheduled to begin for the 2022/23 hockey season
Bethesda, MD (February 22, 2022)– Black Bear Sports Group is proud to announce the Tier 1 Hockey Federation (“THF”), a new hockey federation designed to facilitate scheduling among rink owners in the Eastern U.S. and the clubs located in their buildings. Initially, the THF will have 12 Founding Members and approximately 80 teams from 9U-18U and will have teams from multiple states, USA Hockey Districts and Tier 1 leagues represented in order to provide the best competition for its members. There is no limit on the number of teams that a club can enter at each level and teams will be scheduled based on a preseason Spring parity event to provide balanced competitive games. The THF is the only example of an organization whose owners have stakes in every junior hockey league in the U.S. including the Tier 1 United States Hockey League, Tier 2 North American Hockey League, USPHL including the Tier 2 NCDC & its Tier 3 divisions and the Tier 3 Eastern Hockey League.
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AHF announces full season girls division and adds new members
Bethesda, MD (February 16, 2022) – The Atlantic Hockey Federation (“AHF”) is pleased to announce a new girls division for the 2022-23 season, the Atlantic Girls Hockey Federation (“AGHF”). Founding members of the AGHF include the: Allegheny Badgers, Brewster Lady Bulldogs, Hartford Jr. Wolfpack, Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Maryland Jr. Black Bears, MassConn United, Montgomery Blue Devils, NJ Bandits, North Jersey Kings, PHC Belles, Philadelphia Jr. Flyers, Pittsburgh Rebellion, Princeton Tiger Lilies, Rockets Hockey Club, Southern Maryland Sabres, St. James Hockey Academy and York Lady Devils. Each full season team will play 24-28 games depending upon their age and level including 1-2 showcases, with the balance of the schedule as home and away games.
“We are deeply committed to growing girls hockey and providing girls hockey with the same resources we provide boys hockey,” said Murry N. Gunty, Founder and CEO of Black Bear Sports Group. “We have an extraordinary team of women leading this effort and an amazing group of initial founding members in the girls division.”
“It is a tribute to the AHF that in only its first year it has already devoted such resources to girls hockey,” said Nikki Miller, AGHF Commissioner. “As a parent of a female hockey player, I am proud that girls finally have a league run by full-time professional female management with a full commitment to providing an elite Tier II experience to our families, including a pathway to districts and nationals.”
“Our girls division will be devoted to providing the best competition and value for our families,” said AGHF Deputy Commissioner, Brooke Ammerman-Reimer. “We expect to provide our girls division with the same exposure that we provide our boys division including real-time updated stats and social media coverage.”
“We finally have a league devoted to girls led by women,” said Rebecca Morse, AGHF Competition Committee Chairperson. “I am thrilled to be involved and look forward to growing girls hockey in the AGHF footprint.”
About the Atlantic Hockey Federation, Inc.
The Atlantic Hockey Federation (“AHF”) is a USA Hockey-sanctioned elite youth hockey league that facilitates games throughout the Mid-Atlantic and seeks to provide elite competition with maximum value for its member-owned clubs and their families. The AHF was founded by leading hockey organizations in the Mid-Atlantic, including the Montgomery Blue Devils, New Jersey Bandits, Rockets Hockey Club, Hollydell Hurricanes, Team Philadelphia, and the 15 Black Bear Sports Group-owned clubs. Each of the Founders operate at all levels of youth and junior hockey, from Mite through to Midget at the youth level and from Tier III (EHL and USPHL), Tier II (NAHL and NCDC), to Tier I (USHL) at the junior level. The AHF offers Tier II boys and girls hockey as well as AAA Full Ice Mites. If you are looking for the best value, the AHF is for you. If you are looking for exposure to play college hockey, the AHF is also for you.
About Black Bear Sports Group - Black Bear Sports Group, Inc. is a privately held company formed by Murry Gunty and Blackstreet Capital Holdings, LLC in 2015 that seeks investments in sports and entertainment facilities, teams, and youth sports events. Black Bear arenas are clean, professionally managed, and offer world-class recreational programs. Black Bear focuses on ice arenas in metropolitan areas with compelling demographics, a National Hockey League club presence, and arenas with existing youth hockey clubs. Black Bear not only features the ability to acquire healthy and stable arenas, but also the expertise required to turn around mismanaged or under- performing facilities. The largest owner/operator of ice rinks in the U.S., Black Bear’s footprint totals 30 facilities across the United States with 55 sheets of indoor ice, four indoor turf fields, 23 youth hockey clubs, three youth hockey leagues (Atlantic Hockey Federation, Atlantic Girls Hockey Federation and National Girls Hockey League), the nation’s largest adult hockey organization (Foundry Adult Hockey) and three Junior “A” hockey franchises with membership in the USHL, NAHL, and EHL.
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Open Letter to All Atlantic Hockey Federation Members,
Today the DVHL posted a false advertisement misleading people to think that AHF members will not have a path to Districts & Nationals or that somehow the DVHL is the preferred league structure for advancement to Nationals. Neither of these are true. No one has a pathway to Nationals. All USA Hockey Sanctioned teams, whether in a league or not, have a pathway to Districts. If you win Districts, you then go to Nationals. No DVHL team can skip Districts. Moreover, the Atlantic Hockey District is REQUIRED to provide a pathway to Districts for all USA Hockey registered teams.
The DVHL is also falsely claiming, through its members, that all Pennsylvania teams will have to play each other. This is also simply put, a lie. Nothing like this has been discussed, nor could it possibly be implemented or enforced.
All AHF National Bound teams will have a pathway to Districts and when our teams win Districts, they will go to Nationals.
Scheduled to Open in Early May
Canonsburg, PA - Printscape Arena at Southpointe is pleased to announce the addition of the Rinkside Café which will be opening in the main entrance lobby of the arena in early May. “The Rinkside Café will be an extension of best-in-class customer experience at Printscape Arena,” said John Dziak, owner of Printscape Imaging and Graphics, who is the facility naming rights partner and also recently opened an additional print shop location at the facility. “This will be a huge differentiator for the arena and our brand.”
About Rinkside Café – A new venture created by John Dziak, BJ Pustovrh and Kerri Banasick specifically to meet the needs of the Printscape Arena and Southpointe customers. The Rinkside Café mission is to provide a special food and beverage experience never seen before at a sports facility, featuring premium coffee and espresso drinks, smoothies and other healthy blended beverages, fresh bakery and more available with real time online ordering and other amazing service conveniences. Look for our new website, full menu and hours of operation in the coming weeks.
Canonsburg, PA - Printscape Arena at Southpointe is pleased to announce that House O’ Hockey has opened their 3rd location. The hockey retail is located in the lower lobby adjacent to the UPMC Ice Rink.
“House O’ Hockey has been serving the local hockey community since 1992”, said Cody Skraitz, Director of Operations at Printscape Arena”. “ We are thrilled that our youth and high school hockey users as well as program and league participants will be provided convenient, first class products and services from the pros at House O’ Hockey”.
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Canonsburg, PA - Printscape Arena at Southpointe is pleased to announce the opening of a new Printscape Imaging and Graphics location at the facility. “We are proud of our facility naming rights association with Printscape Arena,” said John Dziak, owner of Printscape Imaging and Graphics, “as we looked for future locations, it only made sense to expand our presence and extend our brand at Printscape Arena in Southpointe.”
About Printscape Imaging & Graphics - Printscape Imaging and Graphics is more than just “Print.” Printscape offers graphics and imaging services ranging from vibrant, professionally installed interior branding solutions, gallery-quality displays, dimensional acrylic, custom wall and vehicle graphics, retail POP print and fulfillment, to banners, posters, signage and more. With 40 years of experience working with clients from across the country and around the globe, our team of digital technicians, project managers, and installers possess the knowledge and expertise to help identify the right solution for your home project or business.
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Southpointe Chamber of Commerce Network Center
Canonsburg, PA - Printscape Arena at Southpointe is excited to announce the opening of the Southpointe Chamber of Commerce Network Center. The Center, conveniently located at the facility entrance, will serve as a hub for corporate and community functions in the Southpointe business community. This versatile space can accommodate a group from 5 to 75 and is fully equipped with flat screens, Wi-Fi, whiteboards, LED projection and sound systems.
As part of Printscape Arena organizers will also have function options that are sure to keep participants interested and active while promoting team building including sand volleyball, ice skating, ice hockey, cornhole, basketball, soccer, Throw Indoor Axe Throwing and more! Catering is available for breakfast or lunch from Bubba's Gourmet Burghers and Beer.
Don Hodor, Executive President of Southpointe Chamber of Commerce added, “We have been fortunate to partner with the Printscape Arena staff over the past 4 years to include the annual tradeshow as well as future community events. This room is twice the size of the first venture with new board room style tables and chairs. We look forward to the many new opportunities over the years.”
About Southpointe Chamber of Commerce - The Southpointe Chamber was founded in 1992, by Don Hodor, Executive President for the purpose of promoting and informing the Southpointe business park and the tristate area. The Southpointe Chamber of Commerce prides itself as being the Voice of Southpointe and the surrounding business communities, which includes the fast-growing Racetrack Road corridor. They help market to businesses in Southpointe including a concentration of companies nearby.
About Printscape Arena - Printscape Arena at Southpointe, owned by Black Bear Sports Group, Inc. is a multi-purpose sports facility located in Canonsburg, PA. Opened in 1995, the 125,000 square-foot facility has an annual foot traffic of over 850,000 people and is one of the South Hills most heavily visited sports arenas. The facility includes one NHL-sized ice rink (UPMC Ice Rink) operating year-round and one NHL-sized dry floor arena which operates with turf from November through March and a sport court surface from April through October complimented by four meeting/party rooms. The mix of sport surfaces Printscape Arena provides a host of sports programs, leagues, events, activities as well as corporate functions year-round. The facility is home to many user groups as along with a variety of on site businesses including Printscape Imaging & Graphics, Bubba’s Gourmet Burghers and Beer, Bubba Java, Throw Indoor Ax Throwing, Whitehall Health Centre and Laser Spa, Pure Motion Southpointe, Southpointe Chamber of Commerce Network Center, and House O’ Hockey Retail Store.
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Program start September 28
Canonsburg, PA - Printscape Arena at Southpointe is proud to announce a new offering in town, Homeschool Sports Academy presented by Whitehall Health Centre and supported by Pure Motion Southpointe. The Homeschool Sports Academy, provides a safe atmosphere that encourages children to learn and participate in a variety of sports including kickball, volleyball, basketball, ice hockey, ice skating, soccer, and more. The program provides school aged children ages 5 to 12 specialized instruction, social interaction, physical activity, fun and fitness along the way!
"The Homeschool Sports Academy is designed to provide the increasing number of homeschool families a safe, well-rounded sports experience with specialized instruction to keep their school aged children active,” said Kayla McKelvey, Program and Marketing Manager, Printscape Arena at Southpointe.
Printscape Arena’s Homeschool Sports Academy will start September 28, classes will run Monday and Wednesday from 10:30am to 12:00pm with options to sign up for one week, multiple weeks as well as all 12 weeks.
About Printscape Arena - Printscape Arena at Southpointe, owned by Black Bear Sports Group, Inc. is a multi-purpose sports facility located in Canonsburg, PA. Opened in 1995, the 125,000 square-foot facility has an annual foot traffic of over 850,000 people and is one of the South Hills most heavily visited sports arenas. The facility includes one NHL-sized ice rink (UPMC Ice Rink) operating year-round and one NHL-sized dry floor arena which operates with turf from November through March and a sport court surface from April through October complimented by three meeting/party rooms. The mix of sport surfaces Printscape Arena provides a host of sports programs, leagues, events, activities as well as corporate functions year-round. The facility is home to many user groups as along with a variety of on site businesses including Bubba’s Gourmet Burghers and Beer, Bubba Java, Throw Indoor Ax Throwing, Whitehall Health Centre and Laser Spa, Pure Motion Southpointe, Southpointe Chamber of Commerce Network Center, and House O’ Hockey Retail Store.
For more information about the Homeschool Sports Academy contact Kayla McKelvey at email@example.com 724-745-6666 ext 200
114 Southpointe Blvd Canonsburg, PA 15317
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Canonsburg, PA - Printscape Arena at Southpointe is proud to announce two new companies in town inside Printscape Arena. The two new companies are Whitehall Health Centre and Pure Motion Southpointe.
This is Whitehall Health Centre’s second location, with their principal office located in Pittsburgh, PA on Rt. 51. Whitehall Health Centre offers a variety of services including Weight Loss Programs, Laser Hair Removal, Botox, Dermal fillers, Laser Genesis Skin Rejuvenation, Pain Laser Therapy, MediDrip IV Vitamin Therapy and more. The community is invited to a grand opening celebration on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 11:00am-4:00pm at the Printscape Arena, 114 Southpointe Blvd, Canonsburg, PA 15317.
Along with the health center, we welcome Pure Motion Southpointe located in the lobby area of the arena. The facility will have locker rooms with showers, adding 24/7 access for members with increased safety measures including a state of the art surveillance system and emergency alert buttons to ensure a safe environment. The installation of a 70inch ELO interactive digital fitness touch screen is planned in the Aerobics room, as well as private personal training consultation rooms and equipment upgrades are in the works to enhance the members experience.
“Everyone has been so helpful here at Printscape Arena. John Dziak, Don Hodor and the wonderful people at the Chamber have been incredibly welcoming. We are excited for the opportunity to serve the Southpointe Community’s health, wellness and aesthetic needs,” Dr. Anthony DiCesaro, Owner, Whitehall Health Centre and Pure Motion Southpointe.
About Whitehall Health Centre: Dr. Anthony DiCesaro, DC and the Whitehall Health Centre have been serving the South Hills of Pittsburgh for 23 years. With offices in the Pittsburgh suburb of Whitehall, and the Southpointe community of Canonsburg, PA, the practice provides services designed to relieve pain, improve health and help patient’s feel better, look better and live better. For more information about Whitehall Health Centre or to schedule a consultation, contact the office at 412-885-2929.
About Pure Motion Southpointe: Pure Motion Southpointe offers an honest and results-oriented community that’s invested in your goals and success. No matter what you’re looking for in a gym, we’ve got something here for you with 5200 sq ft of equipment area, a dedicated fitness room downstairs and private personal training services. It’s our goal to provide a clean, safe, and inclusive environment for all members. For more information about Pure Motion Southpointe, call 412-885-2929, Option 3.
About Printscape Arena - Printscape Arena at Southpointe, owned by Black Bear Sports Group, Inc. is a multi-purpose sports facility located in Canonsburg, PA. Opened in 1995, the 125,000 square-foot facility has an annual foot traffic of over 825,000 people and is one of the South Hills most heavily visited sports arenas. The facility includes one NHL-sized ice rink (UPMC Rink at Printscape Arena) operating year-round and one NHL-sized dry floor arena which operates with turf from November through March and a sport court surface from April through October complimented by three meeting/party rooms. The mix of sport surfaces Printscape Arena provides a host of sports programs, leagues, events, activities as well as corporate functions year-round. The facility is home to many user groups along with a variety of on site businesses including Bubba’s Gourmet Burghers and Beer, Whitehall Health Centre Pure Motion Southpointe, Southpointe Chamber of Commerce Network Center, Throw, Indoor Ax Throw, Bubba Java, and House O’ Hockey Retail Store.
Printscape Arena at Southpointe has announced they have a new tenant in the facility, THROW Axes, conveniently located on the under side of Bubba’s Gourmet Burghers and Beer. THROW is proud to bring a one of kind axe throwing experience to Pittsburgh and State College Areas. They are not a cookie cutter axe throwing company. “When this opportunity and location presented itself to us, we knew it was the right fit. The excitement that we’ve seen from the community to have us come into this location, makes us thrilled to be at Printscape Arena! This location will allow those who haven’t wanted to travel to Pittsburgh to enjoy the fun that is axe throwing.” Melissa Redman, Co-Owner of THROW.
“THROW Axes Pittsburgh has really focused on how to be different rather than follow what 99% of axe throwing companies do. We have really focused on the customer experience and how to make it about them.” Said Co-owner of THROW, Eric Lloyd. THROW offers hour long sessions, no elimination styler tournaments and have created a variety of interactive games that can be played so that customer can choose their experiences, rather than a forced progression style. Want to let off steam and just THROW, no problem. Want to challenge your friends or family, no problem. We have designed multi-level games that will inspire your inner-competitiveness. Play Trivia and Axes to determine who really is the smart axe and a dumb axe; Give your hand a go at TIC TAC THROW; like playing cards, try Ace’s & Axes; and lastly, forget about Words with Friends, try ScrAxel.
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