On Saturday night we will celebrate the 1,000th EIHL game played by our captain Jonathan Phillips.
The Steelers most decorated Captain joined the club back in 2006 when signed by Dave Whistle from his home town the Cardiff Devils.
Phillips was immediately appointed an assistant captain and after a year with the club was made Captain, something he has retained ever since, other than the 2013-14 season when Steven Goertzen led the club.
The Steelers have won four league titles (2009 / 2011 / 2015 and 2016) and three play off championships (2008 / 2009 and 2017) under his leadership.
The most decorated Steelers Captain, Jonathan Phillips.
Heading into this weekends game Phillips has played 844 games for the Steelers, scoring 156 goals, 273 assists for 429 points whilst sitting out 732 penalty minutes.
“He has been an incredible captain, the best team mate a great friend,” said former Steeler Mark Thomas “he isn’t a ranter in the dressing room, he leads by example. If he has something to say he will say it directly to you.
“The Steelers won’t realise just what an important part of the club he is until he eventually calls it a day. He is an exceptional athlete and leader. He is a Steeler through and through, it’s inside him and to play 1000 Elite League games is an incredible achievement”
“The glue that holds the Steelers together” is how Jeff Legue described Phillips “probably the most important Steeler in the last decade
“He was an inspirational leader, leading by example. He cares so much for the Steelers and wants what’s best for the club and his team mates.
“Playing 1000 games is an incredible achievement and I wish I was there to applaud him”
The great Colton Fretter commented “1000 games, what a career so far. Jonno is a great team mate, amazing captain and an even better friend”
Phillips says he is “humbled” by the comments teammates past and present have made “I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know about this record until last week
“It’s crazy how quick the time has flown by, I must have had a lot of fun. I of course remember the trophies, the championships and the big wins but most of all I will remember the people. Those life long friends made both on and off the ice
“I’m at 1000 and I feel there is still a lot more to come”