Chris Allen to Serve as Player-Coach in English Premier League
Blenheim’s Chris Allen has been named the player-coach of the Peterborough Phantoms for the 2011-2012 season. The Phantoms play in the English Premier Ice Hockey League, a second-tier league to England’s Elite Ice Hockey League.
Upon recently being named coach, Chris, 33, told the Peterborough Evening Telegraph, “I am already gearing up for what I am sure is going to be a very exciting season. Hopefully with 15 years experience in professional ice hockey I can really help move the team on and hopefully win some silverware.
“We know we will be going up against teams with bigger budgets than us. That is just a reality of the game but that is no bar to success. I think the team did great getting to the English Premier League Play-off Finals and I want us to build on that to become a top four team next season.
“As long as we can get the right blend of players in and make the right choices over the summer I think we can really surprise a few people. It is a big challenge but one that really excites me and I can’t wait to get going.”
Peterborough is 121 km north of London and has a population of 164,000 residents. Chris played six games for Peterborough before finishing his hockey season in Italy.
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