The Atlantic Hockey Federation (“AHF”) is pleased to announce the Wissahickon Warriors (“Wissahickon”) as a new full season member for the 2022-23 hockey season. Wissahickon brings the 2022-2023 AHF team count to approximately 465 among 30 organizations, including 240 in the Central Division. The AHF will serve as the primary league for all of Wissahickon’s teams throughout its various age groups in 2022-2023.
“We are thrilled to join the AHF,” said Wally Muehlbronner, Hockey Director of Wissahickon. “Wissahickon has a long history of competition and camaraderie with many of the current AHF organizations. We are excited to join them in the most competitive league in the Mid-Atlantic. After reviewing what the AHF brought to the table, the decision was easy – increased competition and logical geographic scheduling – as a hockey director, I am very excited for the Wissahickon program.”
“Wissahickon makes the AHF’s competition level in the Philadelphia/southern New Jersey region even stronger,” said Matt Kiernan, Vice President of Hockey for the Atlantic Hockey Federation. “From the very beginning, they were certainly a club that we kept an eye on. They consistently feature a large number of teams, participate at all age levels, and have a history of winning. Bringing them on board was a simple decision for us.”
“We have received overwhelming interest in the AHF since our 2022-2023 expansion announcement,” said Black Bear Founder and CEO, Murry Gunty. “We always monitor like-minded Tier II clubs that we feel would be a good fit for our league, so when Wissahickon approached us after the announcement, we were elated. They represent exactly what we are looking for – they continually field teams at all levels, their history of winning is unimpeachable, and their location fits perfectly in the footprint of our league. We could not be more excited to welcome them to the AHF.”
About the Atlantic Hockey Federation, Inc.
The Atlantic Hockey Federation (“AHF”) is a USA Hockey Sanctioned Elite Tier II Youth Hockey League that facilitates games throughout the Mid-Atlantic while seeking to lower costs 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. The AHF also sponsors a Tier I Partnership among our Founders’ AAA clubs including the Jr. Flyers, Mercer Chiefs, Jersey Hitmen, Rockets Hockey Club, Philadelphia Flyers Elite, Philadelphia Hockey Club, Philadelphia Revolution and Team Maryland. Each of the Founders operates 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. 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, Inc.
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 and professionally managed and offer world-class recreational programs. Black Bear targets ice arenas in metropolitan areas with compelling demographics, existing youth hockey clubs and a National Hockey League club presence. The largest owner/operator of ice rinks in the U.S., Black Bear’s footprint totals 27 facilities across the United States with 50 sheets of indoor ice, four indoor turf fields, 15 youth hockey clubs and three Junior “A” hockey franchises in the United States Hockey League, North American Hockey League and Eastern Hockey League.
Matt Kiernan, VP, Hockey, firstname.lastname@example.org
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