For the first time since 2002, the Phantoms roster will not feature a Ferrara next season, with Robert Ferrara making the decision to hang up his skates at the end of the 2019/20 season.
Robbie came through the youth ranks in Peterborough, first icing for the Pythons in 2003/04, before moving into the Phantoms junior set up from 2004. His senior Phantoms debut came in the 2006/07 season and he has only spent two seasons outside of Peterborough since.
“Peterborough is my hometown and the Phantoms are my hometown club. Getting to represent both for so many years has been a huge honour that I will always cherish. All I wanted to do growing up was play hockey and so that little boy inside me has been able to live out his dreams. There was never any thought from my part that I would move away and play elsewhere” Robbie said.
His two years away were between 2009-2011, when he iced for the Nottingham Lions, But he returned to Peterborough and after a brief spell with the Islanders, he returned to the Phantoms roster, where he has remained ever since.
“My two years in Nottingham were fantastic. I made friends with some great people that boosted my confidence and furthered my passion for the game. I studied at university there so unless my studies had taken me elsewhere, my intention was always to return to Peterborough and achieve as much as I could with my hometown club.” Robbie said.
He’s now iced over 400 times for the Peterborough DALROD Phantoms and has been an integral part of the Phantoms defence for a number of years. Many of his Phantoms appearances have been alongside his brothers, James and Luke. Luke is now lighting up the Elite League with the Coventry Blaze, whilst Phantoms captain James Ferrara is also due to retire at the end of the term.
Robbie said: “When I look back on my career, I have nothing but positive thoughts. It’s funny how throughout a season there can be many high and low points but when you reflect, it’s only the positive ones that stick and come to mind.”
“The things I will miss most are being in the room with the guys and the euphoric feeling you get after a game where the team has put everything in to come out with success” he continued.
Head Coach, Slava Koulikov, said the following: “This is very, very sad news for the club. For the team, for the fans and of course myself. He’s been an amazing local British ambassador to Peterborough Phantoms ice Hockey Club, and he will be greatly missed in the dressing room. On a personal note, I’ve got to know Robbie over the last six years as a player and as a person. As a player, he’s been outstanding and a big part of our success over the last six years. As a person, he’s a first team guy, he always wears his heart on his sleeve and that’s why I made him an assistant captain and he’s lead by example every time he’s been on the ice. I would like to wish him and his family all the best with his life outside of hockey, I’m sure we will see him around next year at the rink.”
Robbie isn’t certain what the next chapter will be, but he’s looking forward to spending time with his family whilst he finds out.
“I don’t have a set plan for what’s next. Firstly, I would like to recover from another hard-fought season whilst spending time with my family, and then we will see what opportunities arise.” Robbie said.
And he had the following message for the Phantoms fans:
“Thanks for all your support and generosity over the years. The support of the fans creates the atmosphere to help make the Phantoms a great club to be a part of. I look forward to seeing you all around the rink as a spectator myself!”
From everyone at the Peterborough DALROD Phantoms, our thanks go to Robbie for his years of commitment to our club. We’d like to wish him all the very best for the future and look forward to seeing him around the rink as a spectator very soon.
Congratulations on a brilliant career, Robbie Ferrara!