NETMINDER Jamie Phillips has become Coventry Blaze’s tenth signing of the summer, ahead of the 2019/20 season.
The 26-year-old Canadian is set for his first-ever campaign in Europe, following a move from Reading Royals in the ECHL – where he kept a 92% save percentage in his final season with the club.
Phillips is a direct replacement for Matt Hackett, and joins forward Matt Pohlkamp in making the move to Coventry from the Pennsylvania-based Royals.
To date, the netminder has also represented Florida Everblades, Jacksonville IceMen and Tulsa Oilers in the ECHL, whilst appearing for Canadian side Manitoba Moose in the AHL.
Upon signing for the Blaze, Phillips says he was convinced to go through with the move after hearing a number of positive testaments about the club.
“I’m excited to join Coventry,” he said.
“I spoke to a few current and former players and they all had great things to say about the club and the fan support.
“I can’t wait to get over in August and begin my career in Europe with the Blaze.”
Head coach Danny Stewart says his latest signing possesses all the attributes that were needed to fill Blaze’s vacant netminder position.
“We sure have been patient in finding the right fit for us, and we couldn’t be happier,” he said.
“Jamie is a fantastic goalie who has had success at every level he’s played – he’s a competitor and true professional who will give us a chance to win every night.
“He fits exactly what we wanted, he’s a proven guy at this level who is still committed and hungry to win and progress in his career.”