The Maryland Black Bears Mission:
- Provide Black Bear players access to all of the resources necessary for success on and off the ice as they mature from boys to young men
- Consistently display our appreciation for Black Bear Nation and the surrounding Central Maryland Community by giving back as much and often as we can
The Maryland Black Bears entered the North American Hockey League’s (NAHL) East Division as an expansion team in 2018 and is the first team in the 42-year history of the NAHL to be based out of Maryland. The Black Bears play their home games at the Piney Orchard Ice Arena aka “the Den” in Odenton, Maryland. Both the arena and team are owned by the Black Bear Sports Group. The Piney Orchard Ice Arena has a capacity of 530 fans and features an additional rink that was built over the 2019 offseason.
The team consists of players, 16 to 20 years old, that are vying to play college hockey at the NCAA Division I/III level. The regular season starts in September and ends in April, which is then followed by a playoff for the Robertson Cup Championship. Black Bear Nation is primarily made up of fans from the Central Maryland Community, predominantly from Anne Arundel, Howard, and Prince Georges Counties.
There is no Black Bears Hockey without the support of the remarkably generous Billet Families. These families take the players into their homes and treat them as one of their own. Becoming a Billet is a very rewarding, enriching, and unique way to join the Maryland Black Bears Family.
Summary: The Maryland Black Bears truly play for more than wins! The Black Bears compete to become a better person as well as player, take pride in representing the Central Maryland Community, and play for what is ahead of them in life.