The Peterborough Phantoms are pleased to announce the signings of four more players ahead of the 2021/22 season!
Re-signing with Slava Koulikov’s team are Jarvis Hunt, Joe Gretton, Ross Clarke and Nathan Long, who have all agreed to return to the club for the 2021/22 season.
Slava Koulikov was pleased to see the four young players return: “I’m really happy to have Jarvis, Ross, Longer and Gretts back with us for another season. They all bring different attributes to our lineup and they have all improved their games over the last couple of years and it was a no brainer to bring them all back!”
2018/19 was Hunt’s breakthrough season in Phantoms colours, as his high energy performances won over the Phantoms fans in no time. In 2019/20, he was hampered by injuries, but picked up 11 points in 37 matches, including a hat-trick against Leeds in October.
His performances last season earned him both the Phanforce Development Player of the Year and the Phantoms’ Young Player of the Year.
Jarvis said: “I’m really pleased to have signed for another two years in Peterborough. I can’t wait to get started with my teammates and look forward to working with Slava again. We have an amazing fanbase and they will be seeing some great hockey next year!”
Gretton originally joined the Phantoms for pre-season ahead of last season, after signing with Phantoms NIHL 2. He impressed Slava Koulikov with his versatility and ability to play both as a forward and defenceman, which earned Gretton a permanent two-way contract until the end of last season.
And Joe is pleased to be back in Phantoms colours for another year: “I’m buzzing like a wasp to be back. I loved it last year and I knew if Slava wanted me back, I’d be back. I’d like to thank him for the opportunity, and I can’t wait to get going again. Our fans are unreal and it’s going to be mega when we can get out there again. The team is looking great already and it’ll be great to drive the Notts car to practice and see the boys again. I can’t wait to get cracking down to business!”
Ross is a product of the Peterborough junior system and worked his way through the young teams to earn his spot on the Phantoms roster. His best scoring season in junior hockey was at U15 level in 2016/17, where he scored 30 goals and added 20 assists for 50 points in just 17 games. In 2019/20, he appeared 45 times for the Phantoms, whilst also representing Phantoms NIHL 2 and the Under 18’s.
He said: “It’s great to be back playing for the Phantoms again! It’s a great organisation and we have some great fans too. I’m really looking forward to being back on the ice soon!”
The 23-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 recently iced for the Haringey Huskies in their cup competition.
He 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.”