We are delighted to announce the return of popular defenceman, Tom Norton, for the 2020/21 season!
Norton originally iced for the Phantoms in the 2012/13 season, before stepping up to the Elite League with the Nottingham Panthers the following year.
He returned to Peterborough ahead of the 2014/15 season and has remained as a key member of the Phantoms squad ever since.
For the past three years, he has also been part of Slava Koulikov’s coaching set up, assisting with the defensive side of the team. He will be continuing this role into the 2020/21 season.
Norton said the following about his return: “It’s great to be back for an eighth season in Phantoms colours. I think I say it ever year, that this club has become my second home and I could not envisage playing hockey anywhere else. I’m really excited to see what the new season brings, I can only see the league getting stronger and more competitive, so I’m looking forward to the new challenges that come our way!”
And Head Coach Slava Koulikov was equally as delighted to see Norton return: “Nortz has been fantastic with his responsibilities on the ice as a player and as a coach, he’s really improved all of our defencemen, so there was no hesitation to activate his second year of his contract. Last summer we set our philosophy on how we want our defencemen to play and Nortz has done an amazing job as a coach to make sure we have achieved our goals and pushed our D-core to be one of the best all round unit’s in the league. Nortz’ professionalism has allowed him to do both roles really well and as a player he was leading by example in every game. He was the top scoring D in the league with 19 goals and over 50 points. All of the Phantoms organisation are happy to have Nortz back and I am looking forward to working with him for a seventh straight season!”
Welcome back, #2 Tom Norton!