Storm get blueliner Phillips back from Ontario Reign

GUELPH – Defenceman Markus Phillips has been sent back to the Guelph Storm by the American Hockey League’s Ontario Reign.

Phillips, who will be an overage blueliner for the Storm, was sent back to his junior team on New Year’s Day.

He played five games with the Reign this season, including four since a week before Christmas Day. He didn’t register a point, took five shots and four penalty minutes and had a minus-3 rating.

Phillips also had six assists, 18 penalty minutes and a minus-6 plus-minus rating in 20 games with the Fort Wayne Comets of the East Coast Hockey League.

A Toronto native, Phillips was traded to the Storm from the Owen Sound Attack last OHL season after getting three assists in five games with Canada at the world junior championship tournament.

He had five goals, 15 assists and 28 penalty minutes in 55 regular-season and playoff games with the Storm last season.

Phillips was selected in the fourth round, 118th overall, by the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL draft of 2017.

He’s expected to be in the lineup for the Storm (21-8-1-4) when they begin a three-in-three weekend with a game against the Peterborough Petes (25-8-2-1) Friday at the Sleeman Centre. Game time is 7:30 p.m.


  • Guelph Sports Journal