Welcome to the Guildford Flames Legends series. A series which will put the spotlight back onto the great players which formed such a vital part of the history of the club. Players who created many special moments on ice and players who helped build the infrastructure of the club; Cult heroes, championship winners – The very players who we think about when the “good ol’ days” are discussed.
A fabulous display of forechecking pressure from the Manchester Storm forwards laid out the blueprint for how to be successful in the Shelter. The Fife Flyers entered with some of the best offensive talent in the league, but they were made to struggle on Saturday night.
The retirement of Red Wings captain and forward Henrik Zetterberg due to a degenerative back condition after a 1,082 game career all for the same team raises a big question: who will captain the Red Wings now? Since the mid-1980s, the Wings’ captaincy has been a relatively stable position. Steve Yzerman was captain from 1986-2006, making him the longest tenured captain of any team in any major North American sports league. Following Yzerman, Lidstrom was captain from 2006-2012 and Zetterberg from 2013-2018. Which brings us to present day. Who will don the C next?
Veteran defenceman, Kevin Phillips, has departed the Guildford Flames today after a little over 3 seasons at the club.
It’s come a little surprise, given his lack of ice time this season, but does leave a question mark over the roster plans moving forward for the Flames as to whether they move for a new Brit forward, keeping Lindhagen in defence, or look for a new Brit defender as a like-for-like replacement.
“Kevin came to us today to explain where he is at,” said Paul Dixon.
“The fact is that he is getting very little ice time at the moment, and we completely understand where he is in his career and what he is looking for.”
“We cannot blame him one bit for wanting to get somewhere to take a more prominent role. He has been an excellent representative of this team for the past 3 seasons, and a big part of a Cup and Playoff championship when he first arrived.”
“Kevin is a high quality character and he has put together an outstanding career. We have appreciated his contribution to our success over the past 3 seasons, including his help in our move to the Elite League, and we wish him every success as he moves away from his time here.”
At 32 years old and with over 400 EIHL games to his name, the former GB junior will not be without a team for long, but it remains to be seen whether he remains in the Elite League or moves back towards the north east in order to play in the NIHL.
Whilst the Flames will have to sit out of any action on Saturday night, the game at the Spectrum on Sunday marks the first of 4 games over an 8 day period. It also marks the first league game of the season for the Flames, and sees the return of the Sheffield Steelers, who very much made their mark against the Surrey side last season.
Every year you hear a lot about who’s going to go number on in the draft, and which players inside of North America are the key guys to watch as Canadian and American kids (with the occasional European player plying his junior trade across the pond) gear up for the NHL Draft.
How do you solve a problem like Danick Paquette…?