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Kevin Phillips Agrees 4th Term

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Kevin Phillips Agrees 4th Term

Published at 3:22pm 7th May 2018. (Updated at 3:24pm 7th May 2018)

Defenceman Kevin Phillips will remain with the Flames for a 4th term as they head into the 2018-2019 Elite League campaign.  The 32 year old, former Great Britain Jr. and Sr. national team member, is closing in on 900 senior appearances, and has more than 500 starts in the country’s top division with Flames, Belfast Giants, Braehead Clan, and Hull Stingrays.  The Beverley native joined Spectrum’s men for their final pair of seasons in the English Premier League and remained with the club during last year’s step up to the top level.  The 5’11”, 180lb defenceman iced in all 66 games last season while recording 5 goals and 11 points.  In 192 outings with Surrey’s team, Phillips has 24 goals and 35 assists and was on hand for the Cup-Playoff “Double” during his opening stint in 2015-2016.  

“I'm delighted to be with the organisation for another term,” said Phillips. “I really enjoyed last season with the great group we had and I'm excited to build on what we achieved in our first year.”

Phillips began his senior career in 2002-2003 with Hull Thunder of the now defunct British National League.  He remained in Hull for their conversion to Stingrays in 2004-2005, their move to the EPL the season after that, and their subsequent transfer to the EIHL in 2006-2007.  He joined the EPL Jets in 2007-2008 and iced nearly 100 games over a couple of seasons, registering 18 goals and 54 points while helping them to the Playoff title during his 1st term.  He made his Giants debut in 2009-2010 before moving on to Braehead for the next 3 seasons ahead of a Belfast return.  His Irish residency was a successful one with a Playoff title in 2009-2010 and a League championship in 2013-2014. 

“Kevin is a defensive minded player,” said Paul Dixon, “and there are few players with the experience he brings to the game every night.”

“He takes excellent care of his physical fitness and he proved himself to be reliable on his move back up to the top league.”

“We are pleased to have Kevin back in the mix, and we look forward to fitting him into the plans we have for the blue line group.”

Internationally, Phillips has a Gold medal from the 2003-2004 under 18 tournament and Under 20 Gold in ’03-’04 and ’05-’06.  He made his senior debut on the national stage in 2004-2005 and returned to the big team in 2009-2010, experiencing 10 senior world championship caps along the way.