NAHL team in Maryland to be called the Black Bears
May 9, 2018
The newest expansion team in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) located in Odenton, Maryland has officially announced a team name and unveiled a logo. The Maryland Black Bears will compete in the NAHL’s East Division in the 2018-19 season.
The team’s red, white, black and yellow color scheme is a tribute to the Maryland state flag, a widely recognized symbol in the Chesapeake region.
The Black Bears have also announced their tryout dates, which consist of three open camps and one invitation main camp. Tryout dates and locations are below:
Pre-Draft Camp: May 25-27 in Hamilton Township, NJ (Trenton-Princeton area) at Ice Land Skating Center
Pre-Draft Camp: June 1-3 in Chicago, IL at Center Ice of DuPage (Glen Ellyn, IL)
Open Camp: June 22-24 in Rockville, MD (D.C-Baltimore area) at Rockville Ice Arena
Main Camp (invite only): TBD
Back on April 12, 2018, the NAHL announced that its Board of Governors approved the membership application for the Maryland Black Bears, who are owned by Piney Junior Hockey, LLC, an entity owned by Black Bear Sports Group, Inc. and Piney Orchard Equity, LLC. The Black Bears will compete in the NAHL’s East Division for 2018-19 season in Odenton, Maryland, a suburb of Baltimore. This will be the first team in the 42-year history of the NAHL to be based out of Maryland.
The Black Bears will play out of the Piney Orchard Ice Arena located in Odenton, Maryland. The NHL-sized sheet of ice was the former training center of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and includes over 7,000 square feet of space that will be used exclusively by the NAHL team for locker rooms, training and equipment, offices, and workout areas.