Elite Northern Virginia hockey club joins new league

Bethesda, MD (February 16, 2021) – The Atlantic Hockey Federation (“AHF”) is pleased to announce the Ashburn Xtreme (“Ashburn”) as a new member for the 2021-22 hockey season.  Ashburn joins Black Bear Sports Group, Inc., (“Black Bear”), Keith Primeau, the Montgomery Blue Devils, New Jersey Bandits, New Jersey Rockets, Hollydell Hurricanes and Team Philadelphia in the newest East Coast based Tier-II league. All Ashburn teams will participate in the AHF’s 16-game schedule plus playoffs. The AHF will drop the puck on its inaugural season in August 2021.

“We are excited to join the AHF,” said Gary Pouliot, Executive Director of Ashburn. “Ashburn has a long history of being one of the Top Tier II clubs in the region and we are excited to have the chance to continue to compete against the best organizations in the Mid-Atlantic.

“The AHF provides our players the opportunity to play the best Tier II clubs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as a supplement to our CBHL schedule,” said Troy MacCormick, Ashburn Hockey Director.  “We believe this provides the best competitive outcome for our families with the lowest possible travel expenses.”

“Ashburn perfectly rounds out the southern footprint of the AHF,” said AHF Commissioner Tim Fingerhut.  “From the very beginning, they were one of a small number of clubs that we felt would be a great fit as they are a large club, participate at all age groups and levels, and are nationally competitive with many of their teams.”

“I have admired the success of Ashburn since my own kids were very young, so I am thrilled that they are joining the AHF,” said Black Bear Founder and CEO, Murry Gunty. “We now have all the clubs in the AHF that we hoped would join and believe we will provide the best Tier II experience in the country all while lowering the cost of hockey for our clubs and our families.”

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 14 Black Bear Sports Group owned clubs.  The AHF also sponsors a Tier I Partnership among our Founder’s 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 operate at all levels of youth and junior hockey, from Mite thru to Midget at the youth level and from Tier 3 (EHL and USPHL), Tier 2 (NAHL and NCDC), to Tier 1 (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 23 facilities across the United States with 42 sheets of indoor ice, two indoor turf fields, 14 youth hockey clubs and three Junior “A” hockey franchises in the United States Hockey League, North American Hockey League and Eastern Hockey League.