We caught up with defenceman, Callum Buglass, about last season, what he’s been up to during lockdown and his aims for next season.

Callum Buglass celebrates getting Phantoms back within one goal

The Welsh defenceman more than doubled his points total from the 18/19 season, last season, with three goals and 18 assists for 21 points in 49 games. And his defensive game went from strength to strength, continuing his strong partnership alongside Scott Robson on the Phantoms’ blue line.

And Buglass was happy with his season, a season which saw him pick up the Most Improved Player award for the 2019/20 season.

“I think last season personally went well, contributed a few more points & scored a few goals which is always extremely fun, hopefully I can continue to build on that next season. As a team I think it was tough and we had a lot of key injuries all at once but then we started to build up a lot of momentum when we started getting guys back, the final was gutting to lose but we all felt very confident about our chances going into playoffs, it was a shame the way the season was brought to a halt but at the same time everyone’s safety comes first.” Buglass said.

And he’s pleased to be back in Phantoms colours for at least another two years: “I’m very happy to be back for the next two seasons, I really enjoy anytime we’re on the ice as a team and since I’ve been here and from what the boys have told me there’s always been a good locker room in Peterborough. It’s genuinely fun to go to battle with the boys in games!”

As we all know, the season was cut short on March 15th due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the country was put into lockdown. Callum, like many, has tried to find ways to keep busy during what has been a testing time for everyone.

“Lockdown has been a very strange time for everyone, I think. I’ve just been trying to stay as fit as possible. Luckily, my Auntie was able to bring weights down from her gym just before lockdown but it’s still very weird not being on the ice in such a long time. Rules in Wales are still a bit stricter & I think we’re a few weeks behind England with stuff that they announce so we’re just waiting for an announcement and hoping for the best.” Callum said. 

Whilst we still don’t know when next season will begin, Callum is setting his targets and aims ahead of another competitive year of NIHL Hockey.

“Personally, I think as every year, the league is getting stronger, so I want to be defensively solid & reliable. Then if I can add to my points tally from last season that would be good too. I think the offensive side of my game is something that has really improved with the help of Slava, Bucker & Norts, so I want to continue helping out offensively as much as possible.” He said. 

And he’s extremely excited to get back on the ice with the team and to see all of the fans. 

“I’m very excited to get back on the ice with the boys. I don’t think I’ve ever had this much time off the ice before so I’m eager to get back on as soon as possible and see all the boys as soon as possible. I hope all the fans are staying safe & well. We want to be on the ice as much as you want to be there watching us so continue to stay safe and hopefully, we’ll be back as soon possible!” He concluded.