PHILLIPS COMES HOME!

The Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates are extremely excited to be able to announce the signing of 32 year old defenceman, Kev Phillips!

Beverley born Phillips, a product of Jonkers unstoppable Hull junior system, joins us from Guildford Flames where he has played since 2015.

He has enjoyed a senior career that started in 2002 with the Hull Jets before he quickly rose to the top flight with the Thunder and then Stingrays. Since then Phillips has been an almost constant presence within the Elite League, most notably with the Belfast Giants as well as representing Great Britain at the World Championships.

Head Coach Jason Hewitt said:
"For us to pick up someone of Kev’s calibre is huge. He gives us great experience on our D core and is a guy we will lean on to be a calm steady head back there for us".

Speaking with Phillips he told us:
"Getting to play back where it all started for me is huge. There's no better feeling than icing in front of your home crowd, and there is no better home crowd than Hull!

Just to be clear, I am here to win, I believe that Hewitt has built a team that will win and I can't wait to be a part of it".

Owner Shane Smith stated:
"We have, at times, been found wanting in the defensive zone, Phillips will provide depth, experience and leadership on the blue line for us.

The signing of Kev Phillips will make us a stronger unit on and off the ice, but it would not have been possible without the faith of our sponsors and fans.

We have always promised to re-invest in the team where it is needed, our ambition is to win, this was needed to realise that ambition. After 3 years of building an organisation with integrity all of the hard work feels like it is starting to pay off. We've proven that we are a brand that can be trusted, are here for the long haul and are founded on stability above all else".

Come and see Kev Phillips make his debut, back in his hometown, on Sunday night as your Smailes Goldie Hull Pirates take on Peterborough in the Autumn Cup.

Kev Phillips Own & Loan, as well as player sponsorship, is available, please email contact@hullpirates.co.uk for further details.

photo: Guildford Flames