The Dalrod Peterborough Phantoms 2 are delighted to announce the next two signings for the 17/18 season. Again another pair of returnees with highly rated defensemen Craig Wallis and Rob McDonald pulling on the Phantoms jersey next season.
This will be Craig’s 3rd season in Peterborough Colours, he has represented both the Phantoms and the Islanders despite being a product of the Nottingham junior system. Craig possesses great skating ability and offensive talent to add to his great defensive play and is extremely versatile. This was demonstrated in the playoffs and cup final last season where he played as a forward and chipped in with some important points. In 18 games for the Islanders last season he posted 7 goals and 11 assists. Well-travelled last season, playing for 4 different teams, pulling on Manchester Phoenix, Peterborough Phantoms and Sutton Sting jerseys, before joining the Islanders permanently in January. And as a permanent member of the Phantoms NIHL 2 this season, he is hoping for more success following last season ‘I'm happy to be back in Peterborough for another season, hopefully to win some more silverware with the team. It will be an interesting league this year with lots of different teams to play, which should make it more competitive. I can't wait to get back onto the ice with the lads and hopefully have a good year.’ Regarded as one of the best in the league Stevie was delighted that Craig is returning ‘ “Milky” is a very smart hockey player, he reads the play well and simplifies the game. We know he is one of the best defensemen in the league and we are looking forward to getting the best out of him again this season.’
Returning for his 8th season with the Islanders is Rob McDonald, with shorts spells at Nottingham and Slough, and 17 games under his belt in the EPIHL with the Phantoms he brings a lot of experience to the team along with a calming influence and a steady presence. He reads the play very well and always seems to be in the right place. Last season was Rob’s most successful for both trophies and points. In 32 games he posted 3 goals and 21 assists as well as lifting all 3 trophies to cap off a very successful season. Rob is excited for the challenge ahead this season ‘Coming back to the NIHL 2 Phantoms was a no brainer. There's no better group of lads out there and this group knows how to win. Trying to repeat the success of last season will be extremely tough. With the shake-up in leagues and new teams coming in with even better players, we will see a much more competitive league, I personally can't wait. We have some good youngsters coming through the ranks and I’m looking forward to helping them develop. Being a part of the Islanders organisation was an honour, and I look forward to the future of this team as part of the Phantoms family. After last year’s achievements, Stevie is delighted that he can keep the core of the team together for the 17/18 season ‘Rob is steady every game which brings a lot of composure to the team, you know what you’re getting with Rob as he reads the game very well and is always useful on the special teams.