The Peterborough DALROD Phantoms are delighted to announce British Defence man Craig Wallis has earned his first full time EPL Contract.
The 21 year old from Nottingham made the move last season from the Nottingham Lions to the Peterborough Islanders, and Craig impressed Phantoms Head Coach Slava Koulikov gaining him the opportunity to dress for the Phantoms on 37 occasions.
Koulikov commented on Wallis’s full time contract with the Phantoms “Craig was with Islanders last year when Head Coach Stevie mentioned him to me, that I should take a look. So we invited Craig to practice with Phantoms and play a few games.
“When our local veteran Mr Buckman decided to hang up his skates, we were able to make a plan to incorporate Craig in more for the following season. Craig started to get more regular ice time to learn and buy into our philosophy.
“Unfortunately he broke his wrist against Sheffield and could not fully recover in time for play-offs, but we were impressed with what we had seen.”
Slava continued “Craig plays a simple game, skates well for his size and has a decent shot from the blue line.
“His attitude and mentality is Team first, Hard work and is Hungry. Craig deserved a full time chance in the EPL and its down to him to see how far he can take this chance.”
Craig also commented on his step up to his full time spot in the EPL “I’m very happy to be back in Peterborough next season and with the Phantoms full time. I’m working hard off the ice so I can make the most of this opportunity given to me.
“I learnt a huge amount from Slava last season and we all buy into his plans for this season. I believe we can compete for silverware as we both youth and experience on our side.”