Paul Phillips. The 25 year old American moves to Lightning after two seasons with the Manchester Storm.
During his time with the Storm, Paul was not only included in the EIHL All Star Second Team but also scored more goals than any other defenceman in the league (2015-16).
He began his career close to home with the Chicago Fury before moving to neighbouring Iowa in 2007 after being drafted by Cedar Rapids Roughriders in the USHL draft – as well as by the Ottawa 67’s in the Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection.
In 2009 he moved to Colorado to begin studying at the University of Denver; by now he was on the radar of NHL scouts and was drafted to the Chicago Blackhawks in his freshman season – in 2012 he would go on to attend the Blackhawks’ prospect summer training camp.
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Paul played in all four seasons that he studied in Denver, twice earning selection for the NCAA All Academic Team, a respected team-mate as both Alternate Captain then Captain in his last two seasons.
His studies complete, Paul moved to the ECHL’s Colorado Eagles for a season before moving to Norway for his first taste of the European game with Lillehammer, ending the season as top goal scoring defenceman.
In 2015 he arrived in Britain as part of the roster for Manchester Storm’s debut season – 15 goals and 34 assists seeing him spend the year as the club’s fourth highest points scorer overall, and highest points scoring defenceman by a considerable margin. In both seasons with the Storm Paul was one of the team’s alternate captains.