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Kevin Phillips leaves The Flames

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Kevin Phillips leaves The Flames

Published at 8:11pm 1st October 2018. (Updated at 11:43am 2nd October 2018)

Defenceman Kevin Phillips has asked for a release from the club to look at alternative options, and the Flames have agreed to the request. 

The 32 year old, former Great Britain Jr. and Sr. national team member, closes his Flames career on 200 Games played, 24 goals, 35 assists for 59 points.  His senior career spans nearly 900 appearances, and 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. 

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.

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. 

“Kevin came to us today to explain where he is at,” said Paul Dixon.

“The fact is that he is getting very little ice time at the moment, and we completely understand where he is in his career and what he is looking for.”

“We cannot blame him one bit for wanting to get somewhere to take a more prominent role.  He has been an excellent representative of this team for the past 3 seasons, and a big part of a Cup and Playoff championship when he first arrived.”

“Kevin is a high quality character and he has put together an outstanding career.  We have appreciated his contribution to our success over the past 3 seasons, including his help in our move to the Elite League, and we wish him every success as he moves away from his time here.”

 

Watch Kevin Phillips grab a goal for the Flames