The Peterborough Phantoms 2 can confirm that Stevie Johnson will not be returning to his role of Head Coach for the 2020/21 season.
Stevie is a legend of hockey in Peterborough, with 331 Peterborough Pirates appearances, 111 goals, 130 assists and 276 penalty minutes.
In 2014/15, he took on the role as Head Coach of Phantoms 2, to help bring through the next generation of Phantoms players. He coached James, Robbie and Luke Ferrara and Craig Peacock, who went on to ice in the Elite League.
He remained with the club until the end of the 2019/20 season, surpassing 30 years of dedication to Peterborough Hockey, a feat which saw him inducted into the Phantoms Hall of Honour.
“I’m sad to say that I am stepping down from coaching, I feel it is the right time for me and the family to announce this. I feel I need to concentrate on work and spending time at weekends with my family who I haven’t been with on weekends for the last 23 years while coaching. I just want to thank Jo and Dave for all the effort, hard work and financial backing that has been sacrificed to put Phantoms 1 and Phantoms 2 together. People don’t realise how much effort and heartache it causes them both (enjoyment also when trophies are won). To all the players who I hope I have helped develop in the hockey careers and life skills over the many years, it has been a rollercoaster ride, but I enjoyed the ups and the downs have been challenging but we got through them. I wish the Phantoms 2 all the best and know they will be just as successful without me. Lastly my right-hand man, Steve Wren, who has been with me for the last few years with the Islanders and Phantoms 2: thanks mate for coming on board and giving up your time, you are a true gent. Enjoy all and I will come down and watch when I can!” Stevie said.
Jo and Dave Lane said the following: “We’d like to thank Stevie for his years of commitment to the Phantoms 2 team and for his dedication to hockey in Peterborough for the last 30 years. We’re extremely appreciative of the hard work he’s put in and we’d like to wish him all the very best for the future.”
An announcement regarding the new Head Coach of Phantoms 2 will be made in due course.