The Sheffield Steelers are delighted to confirm that Captain Jonathan Phillips will be returning to the club for an incredible 12th season next year.
Phillips celebrated his testimonial this year and has been an instrumental part of the club since joining us from Cardiff Devils in 2006.
On Monday evening he was voted the clubs “Best British Player” by supporters at the clubs annual awards night.
On Saturday, the play off semi final against Belfast Giants Phillips will make his 682nd appearance in a Steelers uniform, equalling the all time record presently held by Jason Hewitt.
Head coach Paul Thompson said “in all fairness this deal has been signed for a couple of months now. We always wanted our captain back.
“Jonno brings leadership on and off the ice, he is a quality player and person. It’s no coincidence that this club has won so much with him in and leading the team.
“His career isn’t close to ending. He is in great shape, his still motivated like never before and this club needs him at the helm. We saw on Sunday that come those big moments he is a man we can count on scoring that super important short handed goal for us. We also saw just how much it meant to him. Well this club means that much to him, it’s his club and we are thrilled to be bringing him back next year”
Jonathan Phillips said “I have always loved it here and don’t want to play anywhere else. This is home, Sheffield, the Steelers, the arena.
“I’m delighted that Paul and the club have offered me a new contract. We have achieved so much here but still have so much more we want to do, starting this weekend at the play off’s.
“I’ve been lucky over the year to have shared the stage with many great players. I do so again this year, we have an excellent room with everyone determined to succeed.
“As for the appearance record. It’s not something you really keep an eye on. Then it gets mentioned to you and I guess you first of all feel old. I’m proud though to have pulled this shirt on so many times. This is a great club and I am honoured to be its captain. It’s a role I take seriously. I know how proud Hewey was when he took the record off Ron Shudra, a club legend. I will be equally as proud on Saturday when I join my friend on 682 games”