The DALROD sponsored Peterborough Phantoms are delighted to announce British forward James Archer has confirmed he will be joining Phantoms for the 2016/17 campaign.

James started his senior career in Peterborough back in the season of 2003/04, at the tender age of 15. Over the 4 season he remained with Phantoms, he spent time on loan with Coventry Blaze and GB duties with the Under 20’s . Archer then had brief spells with MK Lightening, Sheffield Scimitars and Hull Stingray before joining Manchester Phoenix, where he has spent the last 6 years,. But after a change in family circumstances we welcome him back to the Phantoms.

Head Coach Slava Koulikov commented “ We are delighted that Archer has decided to join us. He is known to some of our fans from the time he spent in Peterborough some years ago. He holds all the qualities which is a perfect fit for the ethos of our team, he works hard and is very much a team guy. “

Slava continues “Archer and myself played with each other in Manchester and I know he will be a great asset to us on and off the ice. James will bring great EPL experience, having won, leagues, cups and playoffs previously and for a guy of such a young age. He has a great shot and an impeccable goal scorer, which will only benefit us as a team.

I am looking forward to him joining us and working together”.

James is excited about his new chapter within his hockey career and spoke yesterday commenting “After 6 years with Manchester I decided to join Peterborough, the club which gave me my first taste at senior hockey when I was 15….

It’s a club that I have history with and whilst I was there as a youngster I made plenty of friends who myself and my family still keep in touch with now. Peterborough used to be my home away from home.”

Archer continues “I like what Slava is doing and where he wants to go with the club, having played with Slav in Manchester I know what to expect and also what he expects from me come The season.

I have always kept a close eye over the years and Peterborough have had a fantastic year in the league also reaching the final of the league cup and getting to Coventry.
As a player, I’m looking forward to a new challenge, joining a new team and hopefully with that change can I can help bring some trophies back to Bretton”.

As we welcome Archer, we do say farewell to dual national Craig Scott. Craig made his debut in the UK with the Phantoms and has helped us throughout the season.

Slava commented on Scott’s departure “We wish him all the best for the future, he has done a great job for us and we thank him for all his has contributed on and off the ice”.

On behalf of all of the Phantoms organisation we wish him all the luck for the future.