Clippers add veteran D-man

The Nanaimo Clippers added some more veteran presence on the blueline. The team acquired 20-year-old defenceman Josh Phillips this week from Ontario’s Newmarket Hurricanes.

The Nanaimo Clippers added some more veteran presence on the blueline.

The team acquired 20-year-old defenceman Josh Phillips this week from Ontario’s Newmarket Hurricanes. Phillips, from Aurora, Ont., played a season and a half under Clippers coach Mike Vandekamp in Grande Prairie, Alta.

“I am very excited to be adding Josh to our hockey club…” Vandekamp said in a press release. “He is a strong, mobile defenceman who is very skilled. He will add offence and be very reliable in our own end. He will play quality minutes for us in all situations and be a solid guy in our dressing room.”

The 6-foot-2, 205 pounder had seven goals, 18 points and 66 penalty minutes in 27 games last season.