Jamie Phillips, Toronto Camp Head Instructor, Winnipeg Jets
Jamie Phillips, born March 24, 1993, recently completed his first year of professional hockey, splitting time between the Manitoba Moose of the AHL and the Tulsa Oilers of the ECHL. A native of Caledonia, ONT, Phillips quickly made the transition from college hockey to professional hockey as he rattled off 10 straight wins to start the season. He appeared in 31 games for the Oilers, where he went 19-10-0 and posted a .913 save percentage and a 2.63 GAA.
Looking back on the season, Phillips says his personal expectations “were to play as many games as I could and play as well as I could. Simple as that.” And he did just that.
His stellar rookie season earned him a start in the ECHL All-Star game, as well as a few call-ups with the Manitoba Moose.
Phillips had his AHL debut on February 4, 2017 against the San Jose Baracuda, where he stopped 34 of the 38 shots he faced in the 5-4 loss. As a rookie, Phillips posted a .906 save percentage and a 2.97 GAA in 11 games with the Moose.
Prior to becoming a professional goaltender, Phillips spent the past four year between the pipes for the Michigan Tech Huskies. After being drafted in the seventh round (190th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the WInnipeg Jets, Phillips continued to have a record-breaking career in the NCAA. His junior season saw all 41 starts - the most of any other NCAA goalie - and a win record of 28-9-2. He was nominated for the Mike Richter Award, which recognizes the top goaltender in Division I hockey. He earned All-WCHA First Team honors and was ranked second nationally in wins and shutouts (6). His final season as a Huskie brought a number of accomplishments, including four school records - most shutouts in a season, most career shutouts, most career starts and most consecutive shutout minutes - as well as WCHA Academic Player of the Year. In his four years as a Huskie, Phillips amassed a .922 save percentage and a 2.00 GAA.
So why Toronto? Why GGSU?
“I’m looking forward to having fun with the guys,” says Phillips. “The passion a lot of these goalies has makes me remember why I play.” He looks forward to the Toronto Legend’s Camp with the hope that each goalie in attendance learns at least one new thing that they can take home and use to further elevate their game. As for himself, Phillips hopes to use GGSU and the momentum from his rookie campaign to vie for a spot as a starter in the NHL.