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USHL: Phantoms hire Wroblewski

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Rochester Americans assistant coach and Notre Dame alum John Wroblewski has been hired as the new head coach of the Youngstown Phantoms.

Wroblewski, a Neenah, Wis. native, was a two-time captain for the Fighting Irish. A product of the US National Team Development Program, he compiled 29 goals and 35 assistants in 144 career games at Notre Dame from 1999-2003. He played four seasons with the Fresno Falcons in the ECHL before embarking on his coaching career.

Wroblewski spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the USNTDP before joining the coaching staff of the ECHL's Wheeling Nailers as an assistant. He left to become the head coach of the Gwinnett Gladiators from 2011-2013 before moving on again. He spent the last two seasons as an assistant with the Rochester Americans, the AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.

Wroblewski replaces Anthony Noreen, who left last month to take the head coaching position with the Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL. Noreen, a Wisconsin-Stevens Point alum, had been the head coach and general manager of the Phantoms since 2011.


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