The Peterborough Phantoms will retire James Ferrara’s number 17 jersey this Sunday, when his former club host the Leeds Knights (Face-off 5.30pm).
Ferrara is a Peterborough local who came up through the Peterborough junior system before debuting for the Phantoms in their 2003/4 opening season. As well as pulling on the Phantoms jersey, he also featured in the Great Britain Under 18 and Under 20 teams and played for the Elite League’s Nottingham Panthers 186 times between 2005 and 2010.
But it was with his local club where he became a legend. James made 671 appearances in Peterborough to sit second on the all-time list behind Jason Porter (693). He has also amassed 564 points in that time – the highest of any British player to grace the Peterborough hockey scene. Along side those impressive stats, his 181 goals is the third-best tally by a Brit (10th in all) and his 400 assists are also the most managed by any Brit (second overall). He was the club Captain for the last 7 years of his career before retiring at the end of the Covid shortened 2019/20 season.
Speaking of his time in Peterborough, and what the shirt retirement means to him, Ferrara said “I really want to says a huge thank you to everyone – everyone who has watched, cheered, supported, coached or helped me or the team out in any way. Thank you to all the great players and people i’ve had the pleasure to play alongside or against. And a huge thank you to my family and all they have given up to be able to support me – this is for them as I wouldn’t be here without their support.
“I consider Captaining the club for 7 years an honour, and am proud to have enjoyed so many successful seasons with the treble year being my personal hilight.”
On Sunday, he will unveil his Number 17 on the Phantoms Wall of Legends alongside the clubs other retired jerseys which cover the near 40 years of Peterborough History from the Pirates to the Phantoms.
“It’s an honour to share this night with so many great people, and to be recognised alongside idols and role models of mine growing up is a dream come true. Peterborough hockey holds a special place in my heart. Thank you for the memories and to all for continuing to make sure Peterborough hockey is a truly magical club with a rich history.
“I will always be following and supporting, and wish the club all the best on it’s next adventures!”
The Number retirement will take place on Sunday when the Peterborough Phantoms host the Leeds Knights in the opening home League game of the 2021/2 season. Face off is at 5.30pm, with the doors opening at 4.30pm. Tickets are available at https://iceaccount.co.uk/ice-events/peterborough/home