Phantoms are pleased to confirm the return of defenceman, Nathan Long, for the 2020/21 season.

The 22-year-old defenceman came through the junior system in Peterborough, before stepping up into senior hockey in Chelmsford.

He played for the Milton Keynes Thunder in the 2015/16 season, before returning to Peterborough to sign for the Phantoms in 16/17.

He has now spent four years with the Phantoms senior side and is looking forward to continuing his time with the club: “I’m really happy to be re-signing for the Phantoms, and to be honest, it was an easy decision. We have a great team on and off the ice. Slava is a great coach and with Bucker as defensive coach, alongside Norts running the blue line, it means I’m constantly improving my game. The whole team is constantly moving forward and Slava has put together another competitive squad. I’m really glad to be a part of it again and look forward to the season.”

And Slava Koulikov was pleased to seal the return of another local player to his roster for next season: “I’m very pleased to have another local guy committing to our team for his fourth full season. Longer has a lot of good qualities; his skating, shooting, first pass, he some opportunities on the PK last year and he fits the way we want to play. At the age of nearly 23, we have set him new goals and if we can achieve them together this season, I believe he can cement his position and start pushing for a place higher up our defensive lines. I’m looking forward to trying to help Longer to achieve those goals!”

Welcome back, #97 Nathan Long!